Job: Post-doctoral Researcher re: virtual characters in healthcare at University of Florida

Post-Doctoral Researcher

Virtual Experiences Research Group
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL, USA

Posted September 19, 2018

We are announcing a virtual reality/human-computer interaction postdoctoral researcher position at the University of Florida (Gainesville, FL, USA). The postdoctoral researcher will work with Professor Benjamin Lok in the Virtual Experiences Research Group (


The postdoctoral researcher contributes to the Virtual Experiences Research Group’s success by:

  • Applying their understanding of virtual reality technologies to develop user experiences involving virtual human characters in healthcare applications to achieve research grant goals
  • Conducting user studies to evaluate the efficacy of virtual human systems
  • Mentoring undergraduate and graduate students on user study design, scientific writing
  • Leading conference, journal, and grant proposal submissions


Developing virtual human applications (50%)

  • Primarily supporting the aims of a NIH grant to develop virtual human experiences delivered on mobile platforms to help reduce suicide for at risk populations
  • Primarily supporting the aims of a NSF grant to develop virtual human experiences to train building construction students on how to manage job sites and communicate with teams
  • Secondarily supporting the aims of other grants involving virtual human experiences for training and delivering health care

Mentoring students (25%)

  • On a weekly basis, meet graduate and undergraduate students of VERG to review writing, discuss ideas, and academic mentorship.
  • Provide feedback on study designs, research ideas, and scientific writing review

Submit publications and funding proposals (25%)

  • As primary author, submit at least one major conference submission based on the research conducted as part of the grants being supported.
  • As primary author, submit at least one major journal submission based on the research conducted as part of the grants being supported.
  • Through building a collaboration with researchers across campus, submit at least one federal funding agency proposal to support further development of research ideas.

Optional opportunities for teaching undergraduate and graduate courses are available based on interest.



  • Completed or about to complete a doctoral degree in Computer Science or equivalent degree
  • Fluent in English (frequent meetings with interdisciplinary collaborators and students requires excellent communication skills)
  • Research focus includes at least one of the following areas:
    • Virtual or Augmented Reality
    • Human-Computer Interaction
    • Computer Graphics
  • A strong record of research publications at an international level
  • Experience in conducting user studies and interdisciplinary collaboration


  • Experience with Unity, C#, JavaScript
  • Machine learning, building dialogue systems


  • Weekly mentorship towards a research career. Alumni from the Virtual Experience Research Group are in academic positions at major universities, co-founders of startups, and employees at fortune 500 companies.
  • The University of Florida is a top 10 US public university with 16 colleges and thousands of faculty and opportunities for collaboration. Gainesville is an affordable and vibrant town (population 130,000+) with significant cultural, sports, and entertainment opportunities. The CISE department has over 50 tenure-track faculty members and offers degrees in computer science and human-centered computing.
  • Position can begin any time after October 1st, 2018.  Flexibility in starting date.
  • Health insurance through the University of Florida.
  • Salary is commensurate with experience and fit with research projects


  • Funds are available for one year, with an opportunity to renew for a second year based on performance.
  • Applicants are expected to participate full-time for a minimum one year.
  • Deadlines: Open until filled (please apply by September 25th to ensure consideration)


Send your detailed CV (including list of publications, a cover interest explaining your fit to our group’s work, and name of references) to Professor Benjamin Lok (

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