Three Postdocs on volumetric video for XR-based communication and collaboration

Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) has a vacancy in the Distributed and Interactive Systems research group for talented Postdocs, on the subjects of: Interaction Design and implementation for XR applications Computer graphics and rendering for XR applications 3D tele-presence for communication and collaboration

Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) has a vacancy in the Distributed and Interactive Systems research group for talented

Postdocs,

on the subjects of:

  • Interaction Design and implementation for XR applications
  • Computer graphics and rendering for XR applications
  • 3D tele-presence for communication and collaboration

Job description

The group is looking talented and motivated postdocs with an interest on extended reality (XR) technologies. The candidates will collaborate with a team of researchers and scientists in the context of a new Horizon Europe project, TRANSMIXR: “Ignite the Immersive Media Sector by Enabling new Narrative Visions”.

TRANSMIXR, a consortium of 8 representatives from the creative and cultural sector and 12 leading industrial and academic partners, combines the necessary interdisciplinary skillsets and domain expertise to create a range of human-centric tools for remote content production and consumption via social virtual reality. The project’s TransMIXR platform will provide (i) a distributed XR Creation Environment that supports remote collaboration practices, and (ii) XR Media Experience Environment for the delivery and consumption of highly evocative and highly-social immersive media experiences. The ground-breaking AI techniques for the understanding and processing of complex media content will enable the reuse of heterogeneous assets across immersive content delivery platforms. Using the Living Labs methodology, TransMIXR will develop and evaluate four pilots that bring the vision of future media experiences to life in three CCS domains: (i) news media & broadcasting, (ii) performing arts, and (iii) cultural heritage. The project will contribute to the Media and Audiovisual Action Plan from the European Commission, in particular boosting the adoption of XR technologies, and gaining worldwide leadership in XR technologies while being deeply grounded in European values such as veracity, diversity, connectedness and universality.

The candidates will contribute to the project in different parts, depending on the background, from the design and development of novel creation environments, to the implementation and deployment of advanced rendering pipelines from communication and collaboration, to the definition and modeling of adequate quality metrics.

We expect candidates with proven knowledge on at least one of the following areas: extended Reality technologies, human-computer interaction, computer graphics, tele-meetings and communications; and with publications in relevant conferences (e.g., ACM CHI, ACM MMsys, ACM SIGGRAPH, IEEE VR) and journals.

Requirements

Candidates are required to have a completed PhD in the area of Computer Science, Telecommunications, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Industrial Design or a related disciplines. Needed qualifications for candidates include proven research talent and good academic writing and presentation skills. Candidates are expected to have an excellent command of English.

Terms and conditions

The terms of employment are in accordance with the Dutch Collective Labour Agreement for Research Centres ("CAO-onderzoeksinstellingen"). The gross monthly salary for an employee on a full time basis, depending on relevant work experience, ranges from € 3,704 to € 4,514. The appointment will be for a period of 2 years.
Employees are also entitled to a holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and a year-end bonus of 8.33%. CWI offers attractive working conditions, including flexible scheduling.

Please visit our websites for more information about our terms of employment:
https://www.cwi.nl/jobs/terms-of-employment and
https://www.nwo-i.nl/en/working-at-nwo-i/jobsatnwoi/

Information and application

All applications should include a detailed resume and motivation letter. The application deadline is September 5th 2022.

For residents outside the EER-area, a Toefl English language test might be required.

For more information about the vacancy, please contact Irene Viola (irene@cwi.nl)  or Pablo Cesar (p.s.cesar@cwi.nl).

For more information about CWI, please visit www.cwi.nl or watch our video about working at CWI.

Diversity code

CWI encourages a diverse workforce: we endeavour to develop talent and creativity by bringing people from different backgrounds and cultures together. We recruit and select based on capabilities and talent. We strongly encourage everyone with the appropriate qualifications to apply for the vacancy, regardless of age, gender, origin, sexual orientation or physical abilities.

About CWI

Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) is the Dutch national research institute for mathematics and computer science and is an institute of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). The mission of CWI is to conduct pioneering research in mathematics and computer science, generating new knowledge in these fields and conveying it to trade, industry, and society at large. CWI is an internationally oriented institute, with 160 scientists from approximately 30 countries. The facilities are first-rate and include excellent IT support, career planning, training, and courses. CWI is located at Amsterdam Science Park which is home to one of the largest concentrations of beta science in Europe. A melting pot of innovation. Companies looking to collaborate can work together with brilliant students, scientists and fellow entrepreneurs. Collectively they develop revolutionary solutions for today’s issues and tomorrow’s challenges.

About Research group

The Distributed and Interactive Systems (DIS) group focuses on modeling and controlling complex collections of media objects (including real-time media and sensor data) that are interactive and distributed in time and space. The research group focuses on facilitating and improving the way people use interactive systems and how people communicate with each other, by combining data science with a strong human-centric, approach to understand user experience. This enables the group to design and develop next generation intelligent, empathic systems. https://www.dis.cwi.nl