PhD position: natural haptic interactions for augmented and virtual reality.
We are seeking a highly-motivated PhD candidate to work in the Perceptual Intelligence Labs, Department of Industrial Design Engineering, at the TU Delft, within a multidisciplinary team of psychologists, engineers, physicists, and designers. The PhD position is part of a Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) Horizon2020 project (H-Reality) focused on creating contact and contactless haptic virtual reality experience. The position involves conducting research on haptic interactions in everyday environments, identifying their salient features and, in collaboration with the partners in the project, translating these into virtual reality. The work will primarily involve designing paradigms and conducting experiments to measure and evaluate haptic experiences. The PhD candidate will be encouraged to spend time with both the other academic and industry partners at different stages of the project.
We are interested in candidates with possible expertise in several potential areas, including any of the following:
- Experimental psychology
- Signal processing
- Probabilistic and computational models of behaviour
- Mechanical engineering
Consideration will be given to candidates with strong quantitative skills and a recent completion of their masters (or equivalent) in a related field (e.g., haptic or auditory science, experimental psychology, computer science, mechanical engineering, neuroscience, physics). An interest in virtual or augmented reality systems, perception, psychophysics and data analysis is desirable, as well as the ability to communicate scientific ideas, both in written and oral form, and an ability to learn new skills.
The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount for health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. An International Children’s Centre offers childcare and an international primary school. Dual Career Services offers support to accompanying partners. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities. As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. The TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment; an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor; and a Doctoral Education Programme aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills. Please visit www.graduateschool.tudelft.nl for more information.
For information about this vacancy, you contact Assistant Prof. Jess Hartcher-O'Brien, head i-Touch lab, email: J.Hartcher-OBrien@tudelft.nl, tel: +31 (0)15 27 81198. For information about the procedure you can contact mrs Amanda Klumpers-Nieuwpoort, tel: +31 (0) 152781756, email: afdelingID-personeelszaken-IO@tudelft.nl
Full applications should contain: letter of application, a detailed CV, one recent academic publication (or master's thesis), a statement of research interests (concerning this project) and the affiliations and contact information of two people who could furnish a letter of reference.