Research VR Developer

Durham (GB)
Grade 6 (£25,728 - £31,604) pro rata
05 May 2018
End of advertisement period
04 Jun 2018
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Psychology
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time

A 12-month fixed-term 50%FTE Research VR Developer position is available at the Department of Psychology at Durham University, UK. The successful candidate will join a research project led by Drs Dorothy Cowie, Andrew Bremner and Marco Gillies, and funded by the UK Economic & Social Research Council. The project aims to understand how humans develop the ability to represent their own bodies. As part of this work, we will examine how adults and children of 4-12 years can gain a sense of ownership over avatar bodies which they control in virtual reality. We will specifically focus on the effects of movement, haptics, and forms of these bodies.

The successful candidate will work under the direction of Dr Dorothy Cowie (https://sites.google.com/view/cowie-lab), and in close collaboration with other Psychology and Computer Science researchers on this project.

Working with a game engine such as Unity, the successful candidate will use a virtual reality head set, a motion capture system and other sensors and trackers.

They will develop software which tracks participants’ hand movements in VR and uses these to generate a real-time moving avatar. The software will be used by colleagues to perform experiments.