As EXtended reality and Interaction Technologies (EXIT) Lab, we are looking for highly skilled MSc and PhD candidates who have experience in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR), and 3D User Interfaces (3DUI) with excellent qualifications. The expected candidates will conduct research on novel interaction techniques for virtual environments, applications for remote training systems and simulators, user experience in virtual environments, technical limitations of the VR/AR hardware and software, Human-AI interaction in immersive environments, stereo deficiencies in head-mounted displays, eye-tracking, rehabilitation with immersive headsets, and remote collaboration. The research requires combining technical skills with an understanding of cognitive psychology. Students will develop applications and systems for the community and industry. The students will be supervised by Anil Ufuk Batmaz and will have the opportunity to collaborate with researchers around the world in addition to being a part of ongoing projects. Financial support will be provided for qualified candidates.
Required Qualifications: • Have a background in Computer Science, Software Engineering or a related field, • Experience in developing applications/games with game engines, such as Unity or Unreal Engine, • Excellent communication skills, • English language proficiency, • Ability to work as a part of a team. Preferred Qualifications: • Experience with developing apps for VR/AR Head Mounted Displays (HMDs), such as Oculus Quest 2, HTC Vive Pro or HoloLens, • Experiment design, • Knowledge of computer graphics, • Quantitative skills or interest in developing skills in data analysis for user studies, • Significant scientific contributions and publications.
Montréal and Concordia University Montréal is the second most populated city in Canada. The city hosts events throughout the year in various venues such as Bell Center or Place des Arts. It is close to other key cities in Canada and USA, such as Ottawa (2 hours driving), Quebec City (2.5 hours driving), Boston (5 hours driving), Toronto (5.5 hours driving) and New York (6 hours driving). Montreal Trudeau International Airport has direct flights to more than 140 destinations. Montréal offers various attractions for local people, nature lovers who enjoy skiing, hiking or swimming, and sports enthusiasts. There are over 50 video game companies in Montréal, including Ubisoft, EA, Bethesda, Epic, Square Enix, Quantic Dream, Eidos, Warner Bros. Games and Gameloft. Similarly, there are dozens of companies focused on VR/AR application development, such as Lucid Reality Labs, Arcane Technologies, and Genius XR. It is possible to hear both English and French in the streets. Concordia University is a young, English-speaking public research university. The Computer Science and Software Engineering (CSSE) Department is located in the “Quartier Concordia” neighbourhood of Downtown Montreal. In terms of ranking, CSSE is ranked one of the top 10 CS departments in Canada. Regarding transportation, the downtown campus has direct connections to the metro via underground tunnels, bus stations and bike stations. CSSE provides a multicultural and dynamic academic environment where students can flourish their skills.
Equity and Diversity Statement
We encourage applications from all qualified candidates, including women, members of minorities, Indigenous persons, members of gender minorities, persons with disabilities, and others who may contribute to diversification.
How to apply
Interested candidates should send an email to ufuk(dot)batmaz(at)concordia(dot)ca with their: a) Cover Letter explaining their interests related to HCI, VR, AR and 3D UI research, including: a. Explanation of why you fit this position, b. Details of previous projects and responsibilities, c. Details of any relevant industry experience (if applicable), d. Details of MSc project (if applicable), ** The cover letter plays a vital role in the selection process ** b) Detailed current curriculum vitae. c) Soft copies of unofficial transcripts from BSc and/or MSc degree(s). d) Names and contact information of two references. The subject heading of the email should be “XXX Application GivenName FamilyName”, where XXX indicates whether you are a prospective PhD or MSc candidate.