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” We are looking for a talented candidate with a technical profile with an interest in Virtual Reality (VR). The post-holder will be working on an exciting new project to enable the use of VR in NHS mental health services. The post-holder will be involved in two key aspects of this project: working on the re-design of the VR treatment with a healthcare design unit and patient and staff groups; and supporting the set-up of VR across several NHS trusts. There will also be opportunities to contribute to our other work in Oxford on applying VR to mental health problems.
The post-holder will be responsible of the installation and maintenance of virtual reality systems and will also be involved in the design and development of virtual environments for research and clinical studies. The individual will also have an attachment with the University of Oxford and will also be encouraged to develop his/her own research that fits with the group’s work.
The Oxford VR for mental health lab is part of Prof Daniel Freeman’s research group at the University of Oxford and Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust. The post-holder will work closely with the computer science lead of the VR lab, Dr Aitor Rovira. Our group have been collaborating closely with Professor Mel Slater and team (University of Barcelona/University College London) on using virtual reality to research and treat severe mental health problems. In our latest large-scale project, we will also be collaborating with several other organisations. The post provides an exciting opportunity to join this research collaboration. Some project partners are in the private sector, for example Nowican.com, and this post also allows to collaborate with them.
Our Virtual Reality Lab includes state-of-the-art equipment:
- Various tracking systems: Intersense IS900, 16-camera setup Optitrack system, Perception Neuron body tracking suit, Microsoft Kinect. Our tracking area is roughly 30m2.
- Head-mounted displays: HTC Vive + TPCast, Oculus Rift, Nvis SX111.
- Various audio and video recording devices.
- The ideal candidate will be required to have:
- A Computer Science, Engineering, or similar university degree. A MSc degree is preferred.
- Experience in hardware setup with Virtual Reality devices, especially HTC Vive and Oculus Rift.
- Experience developing VR scenarios with Unity 3D or Unreal Engine.
- Demonstrable computer programming skills with C++ and C#. Low-level graphics programming using OpenGL or Vulkan will be a plus.
- Experience in using motion tracking systems (Vicon, Optitrack, Kinect).
- Other preferred skills:
- Modelling, texturing, and lighting of 3D environments (Autodesk 3D Studio, Maya, Blender).
- Creation of 3D virtual humans (MakeHuman, Mixamo, Daz3D, Poser).
- Be familiar with the 3D animation creation pipeline, from the recording with a motion capture system to the retargeting on virtual characters stage (Optitrack Motive, MotionBuilder).
- Audio and video editing (Adobe Premiere or similar, Audacity).
For more information about the post or to arrange an informal meeting, please contact Aitor Rovira aitor.rovira @ psych.ox.ac.uk