ORGANISATION/COMPANYQueens University Belfast
RESEARCH FIELDEngineering › Simulation engineeringMathematics › Applied mathematicsPhysics › AcousticsPhysics › Computational physics
RESEARCHER PROFILEFirst Stage Researcher (R1)
APPLICATION DEADLINE03/06/2019 17:00 - Europe/London
LOCATIONUnited Kingdom › Belfast
TYPE OF CONTRACTTemporary
HOURS PER WEEK37
OFFER STARTING DATE01/08/2019
EU RESEARCH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMMEH2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
MARIE CURIE GRANT AGREEMENT NUMBER812719
Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher (PhD Position, VRACE ITN), Full-Time
The Early Stage Researcher (ESR) will undertake research in the framework of the project “VRACE: Virtual Reality Audio for Cyber Environments”, and will be funded for 36 months through the prestigious Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Innovative Training Network (ITN) programme. VRACE will establish a multidisciplinary training and research programme focusing on the analysis, modelling and rendering of dynamic 3-dimensional soundscapes for applications in Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR), delivered by nine cooperating European Universities and their industrial partners, including Siemens, Mueller BBM, Sennheiser and Facebook Reality Labs (former Oculus). The ESR will be an active member of the research project team at Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) assisting in the delivery of research and training activities of the VRACE Network and required to work towards the expected results of the QUB-led project entitled “Physics-Based Source Modelling with Time-Variant Parameters”. In addition to their individual scientific projects, all ESRs will benefit from further continuing education through a dedicated training program in the various fields of expertise of the consortium partners, which includes active participation in workshops, conferences and outreach activities.
- Receive a basic salary of £37,081 per annum (or £30,424 with pension), plus mobility allowance of:£406 per month and family allowance (subject to criteria) of £338 per month. This remuneration package is competitive with industry standards across the UK, while the living cost in and around Belfast are among the lowest in the UK.
- Pursue a PhD in Engineering, typically a 3-4 year trajectory, in the vibrant and ambitious interdisciplinary research environment of the Sonic Arts Research Centre at Queen's university Belfast.
- Receive outstanding PhD-level training in both scientific and transferable skills.
- Accelerate your career by interacting with members of an international research network including top-ranked Universities and industrial partners including Siemens, Sennheiser, Mueller-BBM and Facebook/Oculus.
- At the time of recruitment by the host organisation, be in the first four years (full-time equivalent) of their research careers and not yet have been awarded a doctorate. This four-year period is measured from the date of obtaining the degree that would formally entitle to embark on a doctorate.
- Must not have resided or carried out their main activity in the UK for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to their selection for this post.
Queen’s University Belfast is committed to providing equality of opportunity for all applicants. This is intended to ensure that the University appoints the best person for every post and that decisions are based on job related criteria. The University is keen to increase the percentage of women working in engineering and science, and the VRACE consortium strives to improve gender balance in research. Hence female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply to this post.
All applications must be conducted through the online QUB portal:
- This specific job will go live on the QUB portal on 29 April 2019.
- The closing date is 3 June 2019.
- Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an interview (either locally or remotely) at least three days before the day of the interviews, which are scheduled to be held on 14 June 2019.
- Job Starting Date: between 1 August 2019 and 1 September 2019.
The portal application system provides specific guidance on the applications requirements (CV etc). Note that applicants who are invited to an interview will not receive remuneration from the University for incurred travel and accommodation expenses.
For informal inquiries please contact Dr Maarten van Walstijn per email: email@example.com
If available, applicants are strongly encouraged to send a copy of a research report they have written (e.g. Master’s Dissertation, Final-Year-Project Dissertation, scientific publication) to the above email.
Applicant Data Protection: Please be aware that - in accordance with the VRACE Grant Agreement and EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) - your CV may be shared with the named beneficiaries within the consortium, as part of the application review process.
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REQUIRED EDUCATION LEVELEngineering: Bachelor Degree or equivalentPhysics: Bachelor Degree or equivalentMathematics: Bachelor Degree or equivalent
REQUIRED LANGUAGESENGLISH: Excellent
- The candidate has or is about to obtain a 1st class or 2.1 Honour Degree or equivalent in a discipline relevant to the research project in the realm of engineering (e.g. mechanics, electronics) and science (e.g. physics, mathematics).
- Relevant experience in computer programming, including the ability to develop computational models in Matlab.
- Demonstrable awareness of, and willingness to participate in, highly interdisciplinary research spanning across acoustics, numerical methods, virtual reality, and music.
- Strong analytical and problem solving skills.
- Ability to logically conceptualise and summarise the research findings.
- Excellent verbal and writing communication skills.
- Ability to interact with colleagues and staff.
- Ability to organise resources, manage time and meet deadlines.
- Masters Qualification in a relevant subject.
- Specialist knowledge in numerical methods, musical acoustics, or digital signal processing.
- Proficiency in in C/C++ .
- Experience in working with audio/music software.
- Experience in developing audio plugins.
- Academic or industry experience in participating in engineering or science research projects.
- Academic or industry experience in working with virtual/augmented reality systems
- Familiarity with website maintenance and the use of social media tools.
- Willingness to assist in undergraduate supervision.
- Be willing and able to participate in training programs at the facilities of other consortium members across Europe and in the US.
EURAXESS offer ID: 400308
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