Job: Research Associate in VR/AR Technology at the University of Bath, UK

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Research Associate in VR/AR Technology
Department of Computer Science
University of Bath, UK
Fixed-term post, up to 30 months

Closing date: October 2, 2022

As part of the recently funded European Media and Immersion Lab (EMIL), the Department of Computer Science are looking for a highly motivated individual to conduct research in the area of VR/AR. The project aims to design exciting new VR/AR systems, focusing on systems that involve physical activity such as VR exercise games (“exergames”), explore their effects on users, and develop new technology that makes it easier to create such systems.

This research work will include the following activities:

  • Designing and developing novel VR/AR systems – the focus will be on systems that involve physical activity. The work will mainly involve developing the software for these systems, so good programming skills are required. Some systems may make use of novel hardware interfaces for interaction, so some experience with hardware is useful but not essential.
  • Evaluating VR/AR systems – this includes developing a methodology for empirical studies, such as experimental design, tasks and set up, the use of sensors to collect physiological data, participant recruitment, data collection with participants and data analysis. Some experience with running user studies is essential. Experience with data analysis such as statistical testing is desirable.
  • Leadership – this includes proactively driving projects forward by communicating with everyone involved, coordinating between different research group members and stakeholders, co-supervising research students, proactive engagement with end-users, representing the research group at events, and research group organisation tasks.
  • Publication – this includes researching and summarising related work, describing the design of novel VR/AR systems and their evaluation, and critical analysis of contributions in the light of the existing literature. It also includes presentation of the work at conferences and in demonstrations. We have a track record of publishing at top-tier HCI publication venues such as CHI, so experience in publishing at venues such as CHI, UIST, IEEE VR, ISMAR or good HCI journals is highly desirable.

You will be associated with two research centres at the University of Bath: CAMERA (the Centre for the Analysis of Motion, Entertainment Research and Applications) and REVEAL (the REal and Virtual Environments Augmentation Lab). CAMERA has a world-class production standard motion-capture studio, which will be available for this project. Both centres are very successful in delivering internationally recognised research, making this position an excellent opportunity for an early career researcher to build up a strong track record of publications.

You will join a team of researchers, dedicated to creating the next generation of VR/AR experiences. As well as working within the team, you will collaborate with a number of industrial and academic partners to ensure that the solutions developed are relevant and that they will be adopted in the real-world.


This is a fixed-term role for a period of up to 30 months.

For further details about the role please contact Dr Christof Lutteroth (, however, please submit your application via the University website.


We are an equal opportunities employer and have an excellent international reputation with staff from over 60 different nations. We have made a positive commitment towards gender equality and intersectionality receiving a Silver Athena SWAN award.

A family-friendly University with an increasingly agile workforce, we are open to flexible working arrangements. We’re also proud to be a disability confident leader and are happy to discuss any reasonable adjustments you may require.

We offer:

  • a very generous employer contributory pension scheme;
  • generous annual leave allowance with an additional 5 discretionary days so that you can enjoy a positive work life balance;
  • an excellent reward package that recognises the talents of our diverse workforce;
  • a wide range of personal and professional development opportunities.
  • a number of support options available for new and existing staff to help with the cost of some immigration expenses which you may be eligible for. Please visit the following webpages for more information:

Our campus is surrounded by beautiful countryside, and the City of Bath with its historic charm and social activity only a short distance away creates an excellent environment in which to work. Find out from our staff what makes the University of Bath a great place to work. Follow us @UniofBath and @UniofBathJobs on Twitter for more information.

We aim to be an inclusive university, where difference is celebrated, respected and encouraged. We truly believe that diversity of experience, perspectives, and backgrounds leads to a better environment for our employees and students, creating a learning environment and organisational culture that enhances health and wellbeing across our community. We are very proud to have recently received Ambassadors for Autism certification and are an accredited Disability Confident Leader; committed to building disability confidence and supporting disabled staff.

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