Postdoctoral position in 3D data and Virtual Reality (PA2022/2087)

Faculty of Engineering, LTH, Department of Design Sciences

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. The University has around 44 000 students and more than 8 000 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö. We are united in our efforts to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition.

Lund University welcomes applicants with diverse backgrounds and experiences. We regard gender equality and diversity as a strength and an asset.

Description of the workplace
The postdoctoral position is placed at the Division of Ergonomics and Aerosol Technology at LTH, Faculty of Engineering at Lund University. However, 50% of the work is located at the Humanities Lab of Lund University.

The Humanities Lab is an interdisciplinary department for research technology and training at the Joint Faculties of Humanities and Theology. The lab hosts technology (e.g. motion capture, 3D-scanning, immersive VR ± eye-tracking), methodological know-how, data management expertise, and a wide range of research projects. The Lab specializes in 3D data acquisition.

The XR research group at the Faculty of Engineering explores the interaction between humans and Virtual/Augmented Reality (VR/AR) technology. The research group hosts LTH’s VR laboratory, a meeting point for visualization and new interaction technologies. 

Both the Humanities Lab and the XR research group participate in InfraVis, a Swedish national infrastructure that pulls together state-of-the-art visualization competence from nine Swedish partner universities to provide advanced visualization services on research data from any scientific domain.

Read more:
https://www.humlab.lu.se/
https://www.eat.lth.se/english/research/people-in-virtual-environments/
https://infravis.se/

We offer
Lund University is a public authority which means that employees get particular benefits, generous annual leave and an advantageous occupational pension scheme. We offer you inspiring and innovative working tasks in a multi-disciplinary research environment with cutting-edge lab facilities. Read more on the University website about being a Lund University employee. Work at Lund University

Subject description
The acquisition, analysis and visualization of 3D data has become an indispensable tool for many research disciplines e.g. archaeology, biology and astrophysics. In combination with immersive technology (e.g. VR and AR) such an approach hugely enhances researchers’ ability to understand, explain and improve the human condition. Research on this type of methodology requires a multi-disciplinary approach that combines knowledge, tools and methodology from e.g. computer science, interaction design and cognitive science.

Work duties
The main duties involved in a post-doctoral position is to conduct research. Teaching may also be included, but up to no more than 20% of working hours. The position includes the opportunity for three weeks of training in higher education teaching and learning. The purpose of the position is to develop the independence as a researcher and to create the opportunity of further development.

The postdoctoral position is placed at the Division of Ergonomics and Aerosol Technology at LTH, Faculty of Engineering at Lund University. However, 50% of the work is located at the Humanities Lab of Lund University.

The work duties include:

  • You will be responsible for the Humanities Lab’s 3D equipment (maintenance, upgrading, etc.) and data quality control.
  • You will develop the Humanities Lab’s technology and methods in collaboration with researchers from different fields and work with post-processing of collected data for evaluations and tests.
  • You will be a contact person for the Humanities Lab’s users, i.e. help them select the right technical systems/setups based on their needs, be accessible for problem solving, inform users about updates, etc. in the Humanities Lab.
  • You will perform research on Virtual Reality-based data visualisation.
  • You will develop the technology and methods of LTH’s Virtual Reality laboratory.
  • You will be active in the national infrastructure InfraVis, which means work with support and development in the visualization of scientific data in collaboration with research groups from Swedish universities.
  • Educate users in courses and workshops with theory as well as practice.
  • Develop the collaborations between the Humanities Lab, the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Engineering and work pro-actively towards other groups and units at Lund university that work with 3D data.

Qualification requirements
Appointment to a post-doctoral position requires that the applicant has a PhD, or an international degree deemed equivalent to a PhD, within the subject of the position. The certificate proving the qualification requirement is met, must be received before the employment decision is made. Priority will be given to candidates who have graduated no more than three years ago before the last day for application. Under special circumstances, the doctoral degree can have been completed earlier.

Additional requirements:

  • In-depth knowledge and experience of 3D modelling and 3D acquisition methods
  • In-depth knowledge of Unity3D or comparable software
  • Programming experience
  • Experience of working in a multi-user lab
  • Very good oral and written proficiency in English
  • Flexibility and pedagogical ability (as the work requires collaboration with users with different levels of knowledge)

Assessment criteria
This is a career development position primarily focused on research. The position is intended as an initial step in a career, and the assessment of the applicants will primarily be based on their research qualifications and potential as researchers. Particular emphasis will be placed on research skills within the subject.

For appointments to a post-doctoral position, the following shall form the assessment criteria:

  • A good ability to develop and conduct high quality research.
  • Teaching skills.

Other qualifications:

  • Experience of web-based visualization solutions (e.g. 3DHOP).
  • Experience of Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality hardware.
  • Knowledge in interaction design.
  • Experience of PhD supervision.
  • Oral and written proficiency in Swedish.
  • Personal drive and good ability to work independently.

Consideration will also be given to how the applicant’s experience and skills complement and strengthen ongoing research within the departments, and how they stand to contribute to its future development.

Further information
This is a full-time, fixed-term employment of two years. The period of employment is determined in accordance with the agreement “Avtal om tidsbegränsad anställning som postdoktor” (“Agreement on fixed-term employment as a post-doctoral fellow”).

How to apply
Applications shall be written in English. Please draw up the application in accordance with LTH’s Academic qualifications portfolio – see link below. Upload the application as PDF-files in the recruitment system. Read more:
http://www.lth.se/english/working-at-lth/to-apply-for-academic-positions-at-lth/

Welcome with your application!

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment enligt överenskommelse
Salary månadslön
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2022/2087
Contact
  • Mattias Wallergård, universitetslektor, +46462229177,mattias.wallergard@design.lth.se
Last application date 22.Aug.2022 11:59 PM CEST

Deadline: 2022-08-22 at 23:59
Unit: Institutionen för designvetenskaper, Faculty of Engineering, LTH

Read the job description at the university homepage or apply.

Post expires on Monday August 22nd, 2022