Virtual Reality Innovation Researcher

Massachusetts, United States
19 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
19 Dec 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

VIRTUAL REALITY (VR) INNOVATION RESEARCHEROffice of Digital Learning (ODL), to contribute to the design, execution, production, and assessment of innovative virtual reality and related technology-based experiences in the Center for Advanced Virtuality.  Will contribute to developing and guiding experimental projects (producing novel experiences) at various phases including contributing to boundary-pushing development, innovative R&D, assessment, and dissemination. The research may contribute to fund-raising/grant writing in a secondary capacity. Will share knowledge of experimental VR/XR/AR/MR, etc., media development at each stage with the aim of creating unprecedented novel types of experiences as opposed to well-known solutions; share knowledge of XR hardware and software; work with the center director on project budgets, contracts, and hiring appropriate to R&D aims; work with creators on social impact design through metrics definition, ROI, user centric methodology (personas/segmentation, user testing, etc.); identify the current needs of the content along with the assessment of what role the content can play in supporting the social impact movement; create traditional, niche, and social media strategies to disseminate and popularize aims and outcomes for broader impact; and disseminate content in multiple formats to reach the target audience(s).  

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Job Requirements

REQUIRED:  advanced degree; at least seven years’ professional experience on real-world projects; VR/AR or related work experience; experience guiding innovative, impactful VR projects with broad impact (R&D); strong skills applying research approaches to real-world innovation; ability to communicate clearly and effectively and work well with a team; strong problem-solving skills; evaluation, QA, and process optimization experience/certification; and ability to understand project directors’ wishes to propose the best innovative technological solutions. 

MIT is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin.