Diamond Centre of Wales (DCW) Ltd / Birmingham City University KTP
graduate job
Expires18 days

Mixed Reality (AR/VR) Researcher

Job description

Diamond Centre of Wales (DCW) Ltd. and Digital Media Technology Lab (DMT Lab) in The School of Computing and Digital Technology at Birmingham City University (BCU) are looking to appoint a high calibre technical developer with specialist expertise in virtual, augmented and mixed reality.

The role will be based at DCW Ltd. who specialise in applying innovative technologies to jewellery manufacturing. The role will also have access to staff and facilities of the DMT Lab a world leading research lab in image, immersive, and audio technology. This role presents a unique and exciting opportunity to lead on a collaboration both with industry and leading academics and apply knowledge and technical innovation to create new immersive solutions which increase business efficiency and business conversion rates.

Within the role you will be responsible for leading the iterative development and evaluation of a novel end to end system which allows for augmented visualisation of jewellery on clients’ hands. This design and development will involve you working collaboratively with the team at DCW to understand their key requirements and needs, alongside DMT Lab academics to explore new tools, platforms and research theory.

The final system will be capable of augmented visualisation of jewellery in situ on hand tracked fingers interfacing with current DCW CAD assets, delivering parametric cost estimates drawn from hand size and material costs. The platform will also need to be evaluated closely with the DCW team, to explore and understand the effectiveness of it and subsequently optimised to provide a valuable end user quality of experience and business conversion for the DCW business.

This position forms part of the Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) programme co-funding by a grant through Innovate UK. It is essential you understand how KTP works with business and the University, and the vital role you will play if you successfully secure this position. KTPs offer a wide range of benefits including access to a £4,000 Personal Development budget to upskill during the project. For more information on KTP please go to https://bcuadvantage.co.uk/innovate/ktp/

The successful graduate will be employed by the University and will be based at Diamond Centre Wales Ltd., 3 Heol Y Twyn, Talbot Green, Pontyclun, CF72 9FG where they will lead on the technical development of the project and be supported by academics from BCU’s DMT Lab.

What we are looking for

The ideal candidate will have excellent technical development and social interaction skills and should be willing to work as part of a tightly knit, innovative group of highly motivated individuals both at DCW and the DMT Lab. The candidate must also be adept at applying their knowledge to commercial projects, driving value and making an impact where possible, with an ability to solve problems and create innovative solutions.

Essential Skills
  • Hold an excellent Bachelor’s (BSc) degree or Master’s (MSc) degree (PhD desirable) or equivalent professional experience in applied Computer Science, Computer Graphics, Visualisation, Virtual Augmented and Mixed Reality, Digital Media Technology, IT or other related computer science discipline.
  • Experience of working with and developing mixed reality systems (AR/VR), computer graphics applications and end-user interfaces.
  • Strong programming background in relevant languages (C#, C++, Python) and software tools / libraries (Unity, Unreal Engine, OpenGL, OpenAR, Vuforia or similar).
  • Experience of working with hardware systems and developing software solutions which use sensors and hardware devices (Ultra Leap, Azure Kinect, AR/VR hardware).
  • Good knowledge of data structures, optimisation, user evaluation and research methods.
  • Excellent communication, time management, and problem-solving skills – as well as confidence in working closely with relevant stakeholders within DCW and DMT Lab.
Desirable Skills
  • Experience in designing immersive applications, integration of hardware sensors to facilitate virtual embodiment, user interface design and use of relevant evaluation methods
  • Experience in designing object-oriented programming solutions
  • Proven experience designing and implementing APIs
  • Proven experience with data structures, algorithms, relevant libraries (OpenCV, ARCore, ARToolKit, Kudan and Apple ARKit) and designing appropriate software engineering solutions to solve problems
  • Background in game development, human computer interaction, and/or computer graphics applications
  • Wider commercial understanding and awareness.

Accepted degree subjects

  • art and design
  • computer sciences and information technology

Additional job details

Rhondda Cynon Taff
 · Talbot Green, Pontyclun
£32,000 - £34,000

Contract, dates and working times
Fixed term


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Closing date:  4 September 2022

Expires18 days

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