Research Software Engineer - Virtual Reality Specialist (Fixed Term for 20 months): University of Derby

University of Derby’s College of Engineering and Technology in partnership with Bloc Digital are offering an exciting career-development opportunity to manage and deliver a challenging strategic Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) project. Based at the company premises, you will be employed by the University as a KTP Associate but work under the terms and conditions of the company.

Using your knowledge and skills to support the business and achieve specific project aims, you will receive on-going support by a Company Supervisor, Academic Supervisor and Academic Lead from the University of Derby to help you deliver.  A personal training and development budget will also be available for you to access, as well as receiving access to the same training opportunities and facilities as University staff. 

The project

The College of Engineering and Technology at the University of Derby is committed to developing the next generation of high-achieving scientists, technologists and engineers. In partnership with Bloc Digital Limited, we are seeking to recruit a Research Software Engineer - Virtual Reality Specialist to work on an exciting time constrained Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) Project, funded by Innovate UK. 

The project involves the integration of big data and visualization in a Virtual Reality environment.

Working with data scientists, you will help design and implement a Virtual Reality system which will take live data streams from source data systems and process it so that they can be visualized instantly in a virtual environment. This will require interactively extracting intelligence from real time data, producing 3D models and streaming information to a Virtual Reality framework for immersive visualization.

Creating Virtual Reality visualizations from real world data and analytics offers a unique opportunity for new markets and applications. You will plan and implement additions and updates to a Virtual Reality  framework to receive and interactively visualize data in Virtual Reality environment.

About you 

This position requires very hands on skills, therefore good system development, programming and database development experience is must. A good understanding of commercial grade software engineering and product development experience will be required. You will be highly committed and respond well to deadlines.

To be considered for this specific vacancy, you must be a graduate with a PhD in Computer Science or relative subject or equivalent experience. The ideal candidate will possess excellent organisational, communication and interpersonal skills (including report writing and presentations), strong analytical and numerical skills and the ability to collaborate with colleagues. Most critically, you must have the nuance to efficiently manage the project from conception to completion within the stipulated time and financial constraints.  

Bloc Digital

Established in 2000, Bloc Digital is an award winning company specialising in the creation and re-use of digital information.  Bloc is split into four complementary disciplines of modelling, animation, development and web.  As a leader in immersive technology, we are already producing innovative digital solutions (AR, Virtual Reality, web and mobile) for many large blue chip companies globally and constantly evaluating new hardware and software as well as pioneering new development techniques.  Because of our position at the cutting edge of various technologies, we are partnered with several high-tech blue chip companies providing ongoing research and develop services and consultancy. 

Our strong technical background coupled with our established skill base give us an advantage over most developers, allowing us to understand complex technical operations and deliver user friendly, immersive solutions.  When developing we strive to deliver solutions that can be easily reused/repurposed providing real value for our customers.  Our ‘can do’ mind-set and ‘create once, use many times’ philosophy enable us to deliver innovative, leading high quality solutions for the most complex of requirements whilst meeting cost and timescales. 

University of Derby

University of Derby is an extraordinary educational environment and because we specialise in identifying and developing individual potential, you can be confident you'll receive all the help and encouragement you need to succeed in your role. We offer some of the best university facilities in the UK, investing more than £200 million in facilities in the last 10 years. Financially strong and seriously ambitious, achieving outstanding results for our teaching and research and with more than 34,000 people choosing to study with us every year, we depend on the dedication of a team of 2,200 academic and professional services staff.

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships - This full-time post is part-funded by the UK Government’s KTP programme. A KTP is a three-way project between a graduate, an organisation and a university. KTP is one of the UK’s largest graduate recruitment programmes and has been placing graduates on challenging, high profile projects for almost 45 years.  In addition to a competitive salary and core KTP development training, you will have a dedicated budget of around £3,500 for further training and career development. To find out more about the scheme visit:   

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Closing date: 
Wednesday, March 4, 2020
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