Research Fellow in Sonic Augmented Reality

Guildford, United Kingdom
£31,302 to £35,211 per annum plus benefits
07 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
17 Oct 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term

Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering

Location:  Guildford
Salary:  £31,302 to £35,211 per annum plus benefits   Fixed Term Contract
Post Type:  Full Time
Closing Date:  Wednesday 17 October 2018
Interview Date:  To be confirmed
Reference:  078018

full-time or part-time applications welcome  

Applications are invited for a Research Associate to work full-time (4 months) or part-time (6 months) on audio and audio-visual systems in CVSSP at the University of Surrey to train, construct, integrate and adapt prototypes to demonstrate design concepts in this Sonic Augmented Reality project. The RA will provide a technical capability for the project that is based in current audio-related EPSRC research projects in CVSSP (e.g., Making Sense of Sounds (MSoS) and S3A Future Spatial Audio in the Home (S3A)). The proof-of-concept demonstrations are to be used by the research team for evaluating and developing ideas for the use of audio to augment a user’s reality. The RA will have the opportunity, for example, to route audio output from deep neural networks into object-based production tools, to generate interactive VR content, to produce immersive audio-visual displays and to manipulate spatial audio using object-based production tools. The role entails developing interactive audio content and systems, including audio equipment, such as hear-through ear pieces, VR headsets, immersive sound recording equipment, and the Surrey Sound Sphere and S3A renderer (a versatile spatial audio reproduction system with up to 64 high-quality loudspeakers).   

This is a collaborative project that involves a small team of researchers. This role with responsibility for audio and audio-visual prototypes complements that of the user-centred-design researcher who is employed by our key project partner. We are happy to offer flexibility over part-time or full-time work within the project’s cost and duration constraints for someone who has the right skills to collaborate effectively within the partnership.  

The successful applicant is expected to have an audio engineering background with an MSc or PhD in audio signal processing, auditory perception, spatial audio or machine learning. A can-do attitude and evidence of good ears are essential, e.g., with classical music education, critical listening training, professional audio production experience or a Tonmeister qualification. Practical competence in use of audio technology, programming and numeracy are required.

This position would suit someone with training in and/or experience with three or four of the following: acoustics, audio signal processing, formal listening test methods, statistical analysis, professional audio systems, live audio production, broadcast audio, laser cutting/3D printing, teensy/arduino/pi, and machine learning. Enthusiasm for working collaboratively with other creative industry partners to implement technology demonstrators is desirable.   

With an international reputation for research excellence and impact in machine perception, CVSSP is one of the largest audio-visual research centres in the UK focusing on vision, graphics, machine listening and signal processing. The Centre has a vibrant mix of around 160 members comprising academics, research fellows and PhD students from all over the world. The Centre is supported as a national hub for research in audio-visual media and maintains strong collaborative links, internally with other parts of the Electrical & Electronic Engineering Department and the Institute of Sound Recording in the Department of Music & Media, and externally with BBC R&D and the UK creative industries (film, games and broadcast).   

Informal enquires are welcome and should be made to Dr Philip Jackson +44 (0)1483 686044 or  

Please note, it is University Policy to offer a starting salary equivalent to Level 3.6 (£31,302) to successful applicants who have been awarded, but are yet to receive, their PhD certificate. Once the original PhD certificate has been submitted to the local HR Department, the salary will be increased to Level 4.1 (£32,236).

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