Specifications - (explanation)
|Location||Universiteit Utrecht, Faculty of Science|
|Function types||Postdoc positions, Research, Development, Innovation|
|Scientific fields||Natural Sciences|
|Hours||38.0 hours per week|
|Salary||€ 2379 - € 3755|
|About employer||Utrecht University|
We are looking for a postdoc candidate in the field of Interactive Virtual Characters. The postdoc will work as a part of the European TARDIS project.
TARDIS stands for “Training young Adult's Regulation of emotions and Development of social Interaction Skills”. The number of young people not in employment, education or training (NEET) is increasing across Europe. Traditional youth inclusion/training programs are an expensive and time-consuming approach that relies on the availability of trained practitioners as well as the willingness of the young people to engage in exploring their social strengths and weakness in front of their peers and practitioners.
Digital technologies such as serious-games offer the advantage of repeatable experience that can be modulated to suit the individual needs of the young people. TARDIS aims to build a scenario-based serious-game simulation platform for young people at risk of exclusion, aged 18-25, to explore, practice and improve their social skills. TARDIS will facilitate the interaction through virtual agents (VAs) acting as recruiters in job interviews scenarios. The VAs are designed to deliver realistic socio-emotional interactions and are credible, yet tireless interlocutors.
Within TARDIS, you will do research on realistic character motions for the VAs and collaborate with the other partners in the project. The research will focus on generating realistic emotional non-verbal behaviour such as gestures, while taking the environment into account.
Candidates should have:
- A PhD degree in Computer Science or a related discipline.
- Programming experience (preferably in C++)
- Affinity with virtual characters and game technology
Conditions of employment
The research group will provide the candidate with necessary support on all aspects of the project.
The Faculty of Science consists of six departments: Biology, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Information and Computing Sciences, Physics and Astronomy, Chemistry and Mathematics. The Faculty is home to 3500 students and nearly 2000 staff and is internationally renowned for the quality of its research. The Faculty's academic programmes reflect developments in today's society.
More information about the department of Information and Computing Sciences.
Additional information about the vacancy can be obtained from: Arjan Egges (firstname.lastname@example.org).
As part of the selection procedure, you are expected to give an outline of your research plans in a written report and an oral presentation.