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Post-doctoral Researcher / Research Engineer/Research Scientist in Human Centric eXtended Reality

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Post-doctoral Researcher / Research Engineer/Research Scientist in Human Centric eXtended Reality

Level:TUS Researcher, Level 2A
POSTED:April 10, 2024
LOCATION:Technological University of the Shannon: Midlands Midwest, Athlone Campus This post will be primarily based at the location specified above, but from time to time may require attendance at any of the TUS campuses.
Duration:Specific Purpose – Expected minimum duration 15 Months
Reports to:Principal Investigator or designate
Salary:TUS Researcher Salary Scale Level 2A, currently €42,782 – €49,177 (6 points) Starting pay on appointment may be dependent on funding availability and experience. The rate of remuneration may be adjusted from time to time in line with Government pay policy.
Closing Date:April 22, 2024

Please note the below is a shortened version of the full job specification. For more details please refer to the full Job Description document, which can be downloaded by clicking on the ‘Download full job spec’ button above.

Role holders at this level will be experienced researchers, drawing upon knowledge gained from direct postgraduate research or equivalent. It would be usual that role holders are at early career development stage (<6 years research experience). They may be associated with a particular project (or projects) and will contribute ideas, and/or enhancement of techniques or methodologies. They will still be working under supervision but will be expected to take significant initiatives in their work and consult with the Principal Investigator / Project Lead (PI/PL) over the details of the project. It will be expected that the level of responsibility and independent working will increase throughout the duration of the contract.

They will be involved in administration relevant to their projects (e.g. report writing, managing other researchers and monitoring research budgets). They will be expected to be undertaking research individually and/or collectively and to be advancing the state of knowledge and understanding within their particular area of expertise. Role holders will be provided with academic and pastoral support within the department (including counselling on realistic career opportunities) and skills development, subject to availability of funding. The purpose of the role is to conduct a specified programme of research under supervision of a Principal Investigator (PI) while developing skills and competencies with respect to the role and future career options.

TUS has a significant research track record eXtended Reality, Multisensory Multimedia and Quality of Experience within the Faculty of Engineering & Informatics in the midland’s campus. The team now includes more than 20 MSc/PhD students in addition to postdoctoral researchers and Faculty from Dept. of Computer & Software Engineering. We are an interdisciplinary research team regularly collaborating with domain experts from health, education, tourism, smart manufacturing, cultural and creative sectors. Researchers in TUS play key roles in the Science Foundation Ireland Adapt Centre for AI enabled Digital Content Technologies, the Confirm Centre for Smart Manufacturing as well as the Enterprise Ireland COMAND Technology Gateway. The successful application will join the TUS team working on the Horizon Europe TRANSMIXR project which TUS are coordinating. The application will work on Human Centric XR application design, development, and evaluation in various
creative and cultural sectors.


  • Essential:
    A relevant PhD qualification


  • A relevant level 8 honours degree and four years relevant full time
    research experience post award of degree
    Industrial based Research and Development in a complementary research
    discipline is desirable for entry into the enterprise track e.g. Research


  • Desirable
    Human Centric XR application design, development experience
    Track record of planning, organising, and executing user studies
    Experience in project management
    Experience of working on an international research project with multiple
    Expertise in user experience evaluations of XR Technologies.
  • Competencies

Advanced problem solving / industry focus competencies

  • Ability to lead one or more projects
    Appropriate experience
    Appropriate technical competence and accomplishment
    Good communication, organisation and interpersonal skills
    Commitment to gaining practical experience working on a research project
    Academic outputs appropriate for level and point on scale


Principal Duties and Responsibilities

Examples of Roles & Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Research
    Assist in identifying and developing future research and funding initiatives
    Liaise with both internal and external stakeholders including industry, civic/civil society, NGOs and academic partners/collaborators
    Engage in appropriate training and development opportunities as required by the PI/PL
    Engage in the dissemination of the results of the research in which they are engaged, as directed by, with the support of, and under the supervision of the PI/PL
    Engage in postgraduate student supervision
    Acquire generic and transferable skills (including project management, business skills and postgraduate mentoring/supervision), subject to availability within the TU
    May participate in limited teaching hours for own development
    Other duties as directed by line manager.
  • Administration / Management
    Carry out any additional duties as may be required within the general scope and level of the post
    Assist in the management / co-ordination of key aspects of the research programme (e.g. financial management, reporting, equipment management etc.).

Contribute to the identification of external funding sources and assist in thewriting of grant proposals.

Contact Details

For further information and informal enquiries about the position please contact
Dr Niall Murray, Senior Lecturer, Dept. Computer & Software Engineering:
[email protected]
Or The Human Resources Department, Technological University of the Shannon:
Midlands Midwest
Email: [email protected]

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