Research Assistant (Early Stage Researcher) and fully-funded PhD in Augmented Reality (DISTRO EU Project)

The School of Computing
Job Type
Full Time
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Job Summary

This is a full-time, fixed-term Research Assistant (Early Stage Researcher)/ PhD position for 36 months
Please note that this is a re-advertisement and previous applicants need not re-apply.
Interviews will take place on 24th June 2016.
Edinburgh Napier University is seeking a highly motivated and creative Research Assistant to work on the EU-funded project “Distributed 3D Object Design” (DISTRO), and complete a fully-funded PhD in Augmented Reality.
About the Project
DISTRO is an innovative training network (ITN) focused on the distributed capture, editing, and fabrication of objects – from real world to digital and back again. The overall project goal is to enable users to casually capture objects, which can then be easily shared on the Web, customised in simple ways, and physically replicated elsewhere for use in interactive augmented reality games. The research topics captured within the overall project include geometry and material capture, collaborative editing, rendering and physical fabrication.
This exciting collaborative project is coordinated by University College London (UK), and the academic partners include some of the most renowned research institutions in Europe: ETH Zurich (CH), DFKI (DE), MPI Informatik (DE), Saarland University (DE), IST Austria (AT), Napier University (UK) and Charles University in Prague. There are also numerous industry partners involved in the project: NVIDIA Research (US/FI), Disney Research (US/CH/UK), The Foundry (UK), Allegorithmic (FR) and Evolute (AT).
Each of the project partners contributes world-class competence in a particular area, and the core research contribution of Edinburgh Napier University is in the area of computer graphics, specifically augmented reality tracking and rendering with physical toys for interactive entertainment.
About the Role
In more detail, the Research Assistant will contribute to ground breaking computer vision, graphics and fabrication works, including real-time integration of fabricated toy registration, tracking, and actuation with video game simulation and gameplay components. The Research Assistant will complete analytic transfer functions for low-latency tracked real physical impulses to virtual simulation and, conversely, game physics simulation to real world actuation aims to enhance interactivity between the real and virtual world. Furthermore, they will undertake structure and balance analysis and quality measures for fabricated physical augmentations and modular interconnection design assemblies for toys. In addition, they will further form key aspects of the plan of research with the scope to develop an area of particular focus.
The PhD research topic forms the core of the research assistant activities, which includes secondments to partners in the EU project consortium. This will involve tight collaboration with project partners, frequent visits to related labs, active participation at network events, as well as training in complementary skills such as research management.
Candidates should hold an honours or post graduate degree in Computer Science, Informatics. A solid background in computer graphics is desirable. Excellent communication skills (both written and verbal) are essential.
Pay is according to standardised EU rules for ITN grants and includes an annual living and mobility allowance (to cover expenses associated with living in another country). For applicants with a family, there is also an additional annual allowance.

Eligibility for hiring
In addition to meeting the formal Ph.D. study enrolment criteria (possession of a relevant honours or Master's degree in a relevant area of study), candidates must also fulfil the “mobility requirement” imposed by the EU for ITN networks which means that they must not have worked or resided in the UK for more than 12 months during the three years prior to joining the project. Therefore, a candidate from the within the EU, but outside the UK is required. Applicants must not hold a PhD degree and must have less than 4 years research experience.

Location: Edinburgh
Edinburgh Napier University is committed to supporting equality in the workplace and encourages diversity. We currently hold a bronze Athena SWAN institutional award.

Date Added
2016-05-20 00:00:00
Vacancy Ref

Apply for this job
Apply for this job
Job Title
Research Assistant (Early Stage Researcher) and fully-funded PhD in Augmented Reality (DISTRO EU Project)

Closing Date

Grade 4, £28,143 to £29,847 per annum

Download Job DescriptionWord Document
JobDescription Research Assistant.docx

How to Apply

​​​To apply please select the CLICK HERE TO APPLY button at the top of the page and complete our on-line application form.

Before you apply please read the "How to Apply" section at the above link (right-hand side of the page) and the below instructions.
The following must be attached to your online application in a PDF file:
• A CV with list of publications and / or projects
• Evidence, such as a scan of the diploma, of having obtained a degree that qualifies the applicant for Ph.D. enrolment
• An official transcript of grades obtained during the applicants bachelor and masters studies
• A personal statement (up to 2 pages) about the applicant’s experience, interests and career goals
• Names and contact information of three people who could write a letter of recommendation.

If you have a disability, and as a result are unable to complete the online application form, please contact or Human Resources on 0131 455 3362 to discuss alternative application arrangements.

Members of staff from the Redeployment Register: Please contact Manpreet Kaur, HR Adviser on 0131 455 3344 or email:
Contact Details

Recruitment Contact: Wendy Cairney, 0131 455 2651 and e-mail

Inquiries should be directed to Kenny Mitchell on with the acronym DISTRO in the subject line.