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XR Research Programmer

Vacancy number
22-535 12522
Non-academic staff
Internal , External
Publication date
30 August 2022
Closing date
16 October 2022 Vacancy closed

Support for Research, Laboratories and Education (SOLO) of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences is looking for an 

XR Research Programmer (0.8 FTE)  
Vacancy number 22-535 12522

At the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences, scientists are increasingly making use of the possibilities offered by immersive technologies to research emotional and physical responses of users. In addition, we are expanding our VR lab rooms as part of a new-state-of-the-art research facility which will be available to the larger SSH (Social Sciences and Humanities) community at the University of Leiden.

In light of these developments, the faculty’s research and education support department (SOLO), is looking for an XR Research Programmer with experience with Unity3D or equivalent game engines.

 You will be responsible for developing and maintaining XR projects, and provide XR-related assistance and training to researchers. You have experience in developing complete XR projects, and are specialised in either character modelling / rigging and animation, or the collection and processing of XR behavioural data. We offer an interesting position at a dynamic place of work and cutting-edge research. You will be part of a small multidisciplinary team of (XR) programmers, research developers and lab technicians delivering high-level support to researchers of the Institutes of Psychology and Education and Child Studies. Both independently, and as part of this team, you will assist researchers in developing XR studies for their research. You will assist in the design process and provide your expertise in XR engineering.

You have ample experience in development of XR applications using modern game engines. You are goal-oriented and self-motivated to deliver high quality research experiences that will be part of the future of XR research. You will have the ability to work effectively in a multidisciplinary team. You will have demonstrable computer programming skills (C#, and JavaScript or Python) and a strong knowledge in object-oriented programming and the concepts of reusability and scalability. You will have experience in deployment to multiple platforms (Windows, Android), experience with profiling tools and unit test frameworks. Experience with versioning control systems (e.g. Git) and experience in XR hardware setup (e.g. HTC Vive, Meta Quest) will also be required.

 Key Responsibilities

Develop XR projects and troubleshoot ongoing XR research
You will be responsible for developing optimised, maintainable, and reusable (parts of) XR applications, and have a key role and testing these applications. Aside from assisting researchers in developing full XR experiences, you will be responsible to develop parts of XR projects based on your expertise (modelling or data collection etc).

 Provide XR training and guidance to researchers and students
You will contribute to enhancing the departments overall expertise in building and using XR applications by preparing manuals, wikis, and training for social science researchers, for them to be able to use XR equipment and applications. You will also contribute to the public dissemination of this work. You are encouraged to collaborate in on-going projects and develop innovative ideas for future projects.

Selection criteria

  • HBO/WO degree; XR-specific vocational training and/or a demonstrable track-record in XR development.
  • Experience with XR development in Unity3D or equivalent game engines.
  • Expertise in at least one of these areas:
      1. Character modelling, rigging, and animation, including facial animations.
      2. Collection and processing of XR behavioural data.
  • Preferably experience in development using and Python and/or JavaScript.
  • Experience with version control software (e.g. Git).
  • Experience with various HMD systems.
  • Excellent verbal and written skills (Dutch and English).
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Flexible, customer-oriented and eager to learn.
  • Affinity with academic research.

About the faculty
With its ambitions in the field of research and teaching, the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences aims to meet the constantly evolving demands of today
s (and tomorrows) society. The faculty is comprised of five institutes: Centre for Science and Technology Studies, Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology, Education and Child Studies, Political Science, and Psychology. First-rate research is carried out in all these scientific fields, and increasingly across these fields, in an interdisciplinary approach, by about 1025 employees. The Institutes provide a broad, disciplinary teaching programme at both the Bachelors and Masters level for roughly 7000 students. Please visit the website of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

The Research and Lab Support team is part of the department SOLO. SOLO advices and supports teachers, researchers, and other personnel in the use of IT in education, research, and business operations. See also the SOLO website, research support wiki and annual report more information regarding the responsibilities of the department.  

We offer
An interesting and dynamic place of work, where changes are occurring at a high rate. The contract is in accordance to the CAO of the Dutch Universities. Initially, the contract is for a duration of one year. An extension is possible, dependent on the fit and available funds. The salary is, dependent on your level of experience and education, between € 3.098 and € 4.670 per month (scale 9-10), based on a full-time contract.

Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses (8.3 %), training and career development and sabbatical leave. Our individual choices model gives you some freedom to assemble your own set of terms and conditions. For international spouses we have set up a dual career programme. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break. More at https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/working-at/job-application-procedure-and-employment-conditions.

Fostering an inclusive community is a central element of the values and vision of Leiden University and IIAS. Leiden University is committed to becoming an inclusive community which enables all students and staff to feel valued and respected and to develop their full potential. Diversity in experiences and perspectives enriches our teaching and strengthens our research. High quality teaching and research is inclusive.

For more information regarding the responsibilities of this vacancy and the procedure to apply, you can contact Raymond van Erkel (department head a.i.), via email
 r.van.erkel@fsw.leidenuniv.nl and phone 071 - 527 3931.

Please submit online your application
 no later than 16 October 2022 via the blue button in our application system.
Applicants should submit online
 a letter of interest accompanied by a CV.

Selection will begin soon as possible after this date.

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