(2) Research Associate Position(s) – (VR WELL-BEING MRG)

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The Research Centre on Interactive Media, Smart System and Emerging Technologies – RISE ( is a newly founded research centre of excellence in Nicosia, Cyprus. RISE is a significant investment supported by the European Commission, the Republic of Cyprus and its founding Partners, the Municipality of Nicosia, Max Planck, University College London, the University of Cyprus, the Cyprus University of Technology and the Open University of Cyprus.

The Virtual Reality for Well-being MRG (VR WELL-BEING MRG) will target research on Virtual Reality for well-being, broadly construed. ‘Well-being’ refers to the general social, economic, psychological, spiritual, or medical positive condition of an individual or a group. This MRG will contribute to these aspects, either directly by having participants experience simulated conditions within virtual environments, or indirectly by exploiting the technological outputs of related VR projects. The first focus of VR WELL-BEING MRG will aim humans’ medical positive condition. More specifically, the MRG will address physical health (rehabilitation) and/or mental health. We will push the capabilities of VR beyond the limits of the current state-of-the-art, by exploiting VR to effectively change the real physical capabilities of the participants and allow for the novel exploration of how virtual worlds can impact physical reality. This will be done by exploiting brain plasticity and concepts and theories from social and cognitive sciences.

The successful candidate(s) will have the opportunity to conduct applied research in the aforementioned areas. The position holder will also participate in the preparation of research proposals for funding, project reports and deliverables, and travel abroad for dissemination activities. Furthermore, position holders should publish/present their research results in prestigious international conferences and journals and contribute to the research centre’s key performance indicators.

The deadline for applications is Friday, October 18, 2019.

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Bachelor's degree and postgraduate degree in a relevant field (e.g. Interactive Media, Computer Science, Information Technology, Computer Engineering, Neuroscience (with VR expertise), Psychology (with VR expertise), Communication Studies (with VR expertise)) from an accredited institution Strong computer programming skills or/and excellent knowledge of a game engine (e.g. Unity) is a must Familiarization/knowledge of 3D modelling is a must Prior experience with VR technologies is a must Prior experience in experimental research (related to VR)/statistical analysis is a must Previous experience with biosignal acquisitions considered an advantage High-impact research publications on relevant topics (a must for PhD holders/an advantage for non-PhD holders) Previous grant-writing experience considered an advantage Previous relevant industrial experience will be considered an advantage Excellent knowledge of both spoken and written English For non-EU applicants a work permit will be required.

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