Research Associate -Fixed Term Contract

Job title Research Associate -Fixed Term Contract

Department Mechanical Engineering

Salary Starting from £32,548, rising to £38,833 pro rata for part year

Grade Grade 7

Placed on Wednesday 22 November 2017

Closing date Tuesday 12 December 2017

Interview date To be confirmed

Reference CT5416

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Research Associate - Spatial Augmented Reality hardware and software integration

We seek a research associate to work within our research team on state-of-the-art Spatial Augmented Reality (SAR) technology as part of the SPARK project - a three-year collaborative project funded by the EU’s Horizon 2020 innovation fund ( The overall aim of the SPARK project is to develop and test a SAR system to support innovation in product and packaging design. Using a combination of motion tracking and projection mapping, SAR technology has great potential to improve the creativity and productivity of design sessions as it enables natural and efficient communication between designers and the clients/end users they are designing for.

The prototype SPARK system enables designers to present ideas, get feedback and make live changes to design concepts based on the input from clients and end users. At just over halfway through the project, the basic SPARK platform has been developed by our partners in Milan (POLIMI) and Grenoble (GINP, VISEO), and features a number of SAR technology firsts ( 

The University of Bath has been asked to replicate and adapt the existing SPARK system to make it easier to transport, whilst maintaining many of the core features. Drawing on the experience of our partners, your role will be to lead this activity, which will involve:

  • specifying suitable hardware (e.g. motion tracking system and projectors),
  • adapting the calibration procedures provided by our partners for use with the portable SPARK hardware,
  • ensuring that a robust and reliable version of the SPARK system is available for testing with student groups and industry experts later in the project.

A PhD degree in subject area of direct relevance for the project would be ideal.  Applications will  be consiered, however, from candidates with an equivalent professional qualification and significant relevant practical experience.  This should include knowledge of the key technologies (Unity, C#, Python, OpenCV) as well as experience of leading and managing technology development activities.   

This post is full time (36.5 hours per week) and is being offered on a fixed term contract basis for up to 6 months. However, we would also accept applicatons from suitable applicants who might wish to take up the role on a part time or job share basis at 18.25 hours per week.  The duration of the fixed term would still be upto 6 months in this instance.

In submitting an application on line via the link below, please clearly state your preferred working pattern option.  

For an informal discussion about this role, please contact Dr Elies Dekoninck on +44 (0)1225 384029 or email

The closing date for this job opportunity has now passed, and applications are no longer being accepted for this position

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