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Research Associate - Adaptive Urban Transformation

University of Sheffield

Sheffield, United Kingdom

We are seeking a Research Associate with a background in 3D Visualisation and Augmented Reality. Your skills will contribute
to an Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Newton Fund award for collaborative international
research on territorial governance, spatial strategy and urban landscape dynamics in the Pearl River Delta. The partners are
The University of Sheffield, Delft University of Technology and South China University of Technology.

The University of Sheffield will focus on stakeholder involvement and the development of visualisations, e.g. immersive 3D and Augmented Reality. You will have specific responsibilities for work on the development of methods for immersive landscape visualisation and for augmenting real world views with invisible features or with proposed changes, enabling understanding of urban landscape dynamics and transformations through ex-post evaluation of exiting urban planning strategies and projects and ex-ante evaluation of scenarios of potential adaptation strategies.

Candidates should have a PhD (or close to completion of a PhD) in Computer Science, Architecture, Urban Planning, Landscape Architecture (or in a related discipline, or equivalent experience) and have excellent programming skills (e.g. Java, Javascript, C++, etc.) including experience in 3D visualisation and Augmented Reality application development with an interest in Landscape. Knowledge of machine vision, including algorithms and applications of feature recognition as well as Geographical Information Systems or Game environments would be an asset. Experience with human computer interaction and information visualisation is desirable.

This is an exciting opportunity to work in an interdisciplinary team in Sheffield in close collaboration with our international partners. The work will require travel to project meetings in China and the Netherlands.

We’re one of the best not-for-profit organisations to work for in the UK. The University’s Total Reward Package includes a competitive salary, a generous Pension Scheme and annual leave entitlement, as well as access to a range of learning and development courses to support your personal and professional development.

Job Description
This job focuses on research aimed at developing 3D Visualisations and Augmented Reality applications for adaptive urban transformation.

Main Duties and Responsibilities
• Software development (3D landscape visualisation, Augmented Reality) for use in participatory planning and design and to communicate potential changes, e.g. in the natural and built
• Application of the developed visualisation software in the AUT project.
• Develop visualisation applications for the Landscape Visualisation lab.
• Collaborate with research partners in the Netherlands and in China.
• Co-ordinate and liaise with other members of the research group over work progress.
• Present at international partner meetings of the AUT project.
• Present at international conferences. Prepare and give presentations, reporting research results and related work.
• Publish research findings in high quality journals, conference proceedings as well as research reports, and meet any other reporting obligations.
• Assist in the supervision of Masters and PhD projects associated with the project or in related areas.
• Any other duties, commensurate with the grade of the post.


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