Post Doc Researcher in Immersive Multimedia Experiences (Augmented and Virtual Reality)

Science Foundation Ireland ( recently approved funding for a dedicated research centre
in the Smart Manufacturing. The Confirm Centre for Smart Manufacturing ( is a
new research centre based at the University of Limerick with partner institutions Athlone Institute of
Technology (, Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork, Cork Institute of
Technology, NUI Galway, Maynooth University and Limerick Institute of Technology. The Centre,
which is co-funded from industry, brings together 42 industry partners and 16 international
manufacturing centres of excellence to focus on the development of smart manufacturing for applications
across Ireland’s leading industrial sectors. Confirm’s ambition is to become a world leader in smart
manufacturing research and to enable Irish industry to fundamentally transform to a smart manufacturing
ecosystem, delivering measurable and visible economic impact to Ireland. The successful candidate will
work with a world-class team of academics, researchers and industry partners in a highly innovative and
motivated environment.

Ireland is seen as an ideal early adapter of smart manufacturing / Industry 4.0 technologies due to its
strong manufacturing and ICT base. One key element of confirm is the utilisation of novel Virtual and
Augmented Reality technologies across a range of applicable use cases. Since 2012, Athlone IT have
worked on the development and Quality of Experience (QoE) evaluation of truly immersive multimedia
experiences (AR, VR & Multisensory experiences). The successful candidate will work under the
direction of Dr. Niall Murray ( on a variety of applied research use cases,
demonstrating the utility of these technologies within the smart manufacturing domain and interacting
with industry partners.

The successful candidate will carry out the following duties specific to this project:
 Develop a range of immersive augmented and virtual reality smart manufacturing applications and
perform QoE evaluations of same.
 Supervision and Mentoring of post graduate students.
 Preparation of peer-reviewed academic publications and scholarly dissemination.
 Development and writing of funding proposals.
 Engage with industry partners.
 Engage in appropriate training and professional development opportunities as required by your
Principal Investigator, the industry collaborator, or the University.
 Support the Principal Investigator and research group in the design and development of the research
 Support if required, the development of proposals for research funding.
 Take responsibility as requested for day-to-day advice and support of research associated with the
agreed research package.
 Carry out administrative and management work associated with the programme of research.

Job Requirements:
Essential Criteria
• The candidate should have a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science, Electronic / Computer
Engineering, or a related field in the area of ICT with a focus on one of virtual/augmented
reality; Quality of Experience, HCI, wearable sensor systems.
• Good programming skills and experience in C#, C++, Python, OpenGL; and, familiarity
with visualization tools and game engines (e.g. Unity and/or Unreal Engine).
• Knowledge and application of the principles underpinning successful grant application.
• Proven ability to identify and fulfil the academic writing requirements for target
• Proven record of working with team members and PhD students to help build their
research skill and knowledge and to support and guide their professional development
• Generates new ideas and develop academic/industry links.
• Ability to write clearly and tailor communication style to meet the needs of the recipient.
• Excellent English written, spoken and communication skills.

Desirable Criteria
 Experience of industrial collaborations and/or commercialising research.
 Proven team leadership & project management skills.
 Proven record of ability to manage time and work to strict deadlines.
 Can demonstrate an ability to be an effective team player.
 Can demonstrate planning and organisational skills.
 Ability to work independently and self-manage.
 Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
 Willingness to learn new skills.
 Knowledge of IP and copyright processes
 If non-native English speaker a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent

Contact Dr. Niall Murray for informal enquiries @

Please note:
• In addition to the minimum qualifications, it may be necessary to introduce further
shortlisting criteria. Therefore, candidates may be shortlisted based on qualifications
and suitable experience, based on details given on the application form.
• Applications must be submitted using the on-line E-recruitment form which may be
accessed under vacancies at
• AIT Staff should apply via the ESS system using their internal login details.
Only on-line e-recruitment application forms will be accepted.
The closing date for receipt of applications: 23.59.00p.m. (GMT) Monday 31th May 2018

Employer: Athlone Institute of Technology, Ireland

Expiration date: Thursday, May 31, 2018

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