Location: Trinity College Dublin
Level: Post-Doctoral Researcher

HUMAN+ Fellowship Programme

Up to 9 prestigious Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowship Positions available   


  • Living Allowance: €42,061.36
  • Mobility Allowance: €6,483.57
  • Family Allowance (if applicable*): €5,402.97

Contract Duration: 2 years 

Application Deadline: 26th of March 2021

*Family allowance is subject to eligibility, more details available at www.humanplus.ie

Description of the role

HUMAN+ is an international and interdisciplinary fellowship programme jointly led by ADAPT, the Science Foundation Ireland Centre for Digital Media Technology & AI and the Trinity Long Room Hub at Trinity College Dublin. The programme is supported by the prestigious European Commission (EC) Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie COFUND Action.

HUMAN+ will connect computer science researchers with arts and humanities researchers and enterprise to forge a human-centric approach to technology development allowing for interdisciplinary research, integrating insights from the arts, humanities and computer sciences as well as enterprise.

We want to recruit 9 experienced researchers from a Computer Science and Engineering background for a 2-year post-doctoral programme and unique research and training space that focuses on the development of computing technology with insights informed by the Arts and Humanities.

Successful researchers will work with ADAPT’s renowned Principal Investigators such as Professor Rachel McDonnell on Computer Graphics / Immersive Virtual Reality.

This research area is about combining expertise in Computer Graphics, Perception, and Film Studies to study perception of embodied virtual humans in virtual reality and develop new algorithms to improve future immersive virtual reality experiences. A new frontier of virtual production has arrived. Due to recent advances in real-time rendering, filmmakers are moving away from greenscreens and post-production visual effects (VFX) to creating VFX live on-set. This advancement means that creatives are now getting closer and closer to the final product early-on in the creative process. Thanks to the development of more comfortable and affordable hardware, VR headsets are now becoming common place on film-sets. For example, the recent The Lion King (2019,Disney) movie pushed the boundaries of filmmaking by using LED walls projecting virtual environments, with directors, cinematographers, and lighters having access to scenes in real-time via VR headsets, allowing creative decisions to be made immediately, thus sparking creativity early in the process. These advancements are expected to continue and to completely transform the art of filmmaking for future generations. This project is a collaboration between researchers in computer graphics and film studies and aims to investigate the perception of lighting in virtual production environments and how it can be used to enhance the appeal of digital characters as well as increase emotional response from viewers towards that character’s performance. Through a series of real-time perceptual experiments in immersive virtual reality, participants will embody virtual characters and rate levels of appeal and emotional intensity of the environments. Physiological measures such as skin conductance and eye tracking will be used in addition to subjective measures.

*Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicants must have a relevant background to the strand of the programme they wish to apply to: Computer Science & Engineering (Strand 2).
  • Applicants may be of any nationality and must agree to the programme’s Terms & Conditions.
  • Applicants must comply with the Transnational Mobility Rule: at the application deadline, applicants must NOT have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Ireland for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the call deadline.
  • Applicants must, at the time of the call deadline, be an Experienced Researcher, i.e. in possession of a doctoral degree or have at least four years of full-time equivalent (FTE) research experience. FTE research experience is measured from the date when a researcher obtained the degree which would formally entitle them to embark on a doctorate, either in the country in which the researcher is recruited or seconded, irrespective of whether or not a doctorate is or was ever envisaged.
  • Applicants must be fluent in English (written and spoken).
  • Applicants are required to produce evidence of genuine interdisciplinary experience or interest regarding the scope of the programme.

*Candidates should read the Guide for Applicants and Terms and Conditions available on the HUMAN+ website – www.humanplus.ie

Application Details: Application is via our website (www.humanplus.ie) using our application documents. The first step is to discuss your proposal with a possible Supervisor from Strand 2. For a full list of Supervisors and to reach out directly visit our Supervisors webpage (https://humanplus.ie/people/) or email the Project Manager at humanplus@tcd.ie who will be happy to direct you.