Research Contracts in Virtual Reality Environments

The Applied Computational Neuroscience Group is looking for talented and motivated professionals to strengthen the recently created Laboratory in Virtual Reality for Remote Handling at the University of Granada (Spain). This lab aims to bring together multidisciplinary professionals to develop ground-breaking control systems based on virtual reality technologies. Up to three positions are expected to be covered in this stage of the project.

Research topic

Remote handling (RH) technologies represent a critical piece for environments where human intervention is not possible. In particular, the presence of human operators in contaminated/activated areas is highly constrained, due to the serious consequences that exposition may have in the operators’ health. Thus, challenging environments require the use of specific tools and devices to support inspection, diagnose and maintenance tasks.

Digital simulation in virtual reality environments is today a common practice for the design of assembly and maintenance processes. Identification of critical paths in the maintenance operations to be performed helps the designer, among other things, in the selection of optimised procedures and in the estimation of the total duration of the processes under evaluation. Indeed, simulation of the virtual RH tasks allows the validation of the different tasks, asses their feasibility and optimise the RH resources required before the infrastructure is built. In addition to this, the simulations need to be dynamic, immersive and interactive towards early detection of potential problems in maintenance tasks, performance estimation, feasibility assessment and RH operators’ training.

The successful candidates will work in the framework of the future IFMIF-DONES facility team (expected to be located in Escúzar, Granada, Spain) with close collaboration with the international EuroFUSION initiative. They will be in charge of developing highly interactive virtual reality systems to simulate and control logistics and maintenance tasks in the future facility.

Requirements

Three different profiles will be considered to fill these 3 positions:

  1. Game developers or, more generally, virtual environment designers with proven expertise in Unity3D (or similar) framework.
  2. Virtual/Mixed/Augmented reality developers with expertise in integrating visualization and interactive devices.
  3. Hardware developers experienced on designing/building and integrating custom human-machine interfaces and robotic devices.

For any of the mentioned profiles, the following skills will be highly valued:

  • University Degree (BSc, MSc, PhD).
  • Expertise on creation of virtual environments with Unity3D or other similar physical engines.
  • Knowledge of CAD tools for engineering design and simulation.
  • Strong programming skills (e.g. Python, C++, C#…).
  • Proficiency in English.

What do we offer?

  • The successful candidate will join our young, international and multidisciplinary ACN research group at the CITIC-UGR (in Granada), a top-ranked research centre.
  • He/she will obtain a one-year research contract, extendable for additional years. For the moment, funding is warrantied for two years.
  • Those graduate students will have the chance to do a PhD Thesis in the field at the University of Granada.
  • He/she will gain valuable expertise in maintenance and logistics for a future career at the IFMIF-DONES facility.

How to apply?

Candidates should send a single pdf file, consisting of a 1-page motivation letter and CV to jesusgarrido@ugr.es. Any informal inquiries can be addressed to the same email. The positions will be open until filled.

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