Research Assistant/Associate

Dyson School of Design Engineering

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Imperial College London, Exhibition Road, London, UK


  • Posted on: 10th Feb 2021
  • Salary: £36,045 - £44,434
  • REF: ENG01556
  • Closes: 12th March 2021
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • Hours: Full Time

Job description

Job summary

The purpose of the post is to engage with spatial audio development and experiments within the “Both EARS training package (BEARS) to maximise hearing abilities in teenage bilateral cochlear implant users” research project, and in specific to:

1. Using a participatory design approach, develop spatial hearing applications in Unity specifically for training bilateral hearing with teenage cochlear implantees.

2. Liaise with the other project partners and contribute to the design and carry out of the evaluation of the developed applications.

Duties and responsibilities

The activities specifically associated with this post are to:

• Design and develop immersive audio-visual tools and applications using off-the-shelf and custom equipment. These can be implemented in programming languages/environments such as Unity, C#/Swift, C++, and others. In terms of hardware, the platforms that will be used are iOS and Oculus Rift/Go/Quest.

• Design and develop immersive audio experiments, specifically on spatial hearing and speech perception within AR/VR environments.

• Publish the research outputs in national and international conferences and high-impact journals

• Engage with the other project team members (both within Imperial and within the BEARS consortium) in implementation, research, management and dissemination/exploitation activities in line with the project workplan.

•Explore broader applications of the research, including the potential release of the developed tools/application • Assist with impact and public engagement activities involving industry, students, open-source community.

Essential requirements

• A PhD or near completion of one in areas related with computing, hearing sciences, digital signal processing, music technology and/or acoustics (equivalent industry experience will be considered)

• Experience of computer programming for Virtual and Augmented Reality in Unity (other similar development platforms might also be considered)

• Experience with integrating hardware and software components and interfaces (e.g. motion trackers, game controllers, tracking systems)

• Knowledge of principles and techniques in acoustics and digital signal processing.

Further information

*Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £36,045 – £39,183 per annum.

This is a full time fixed term post for 18months

For informal enquiries about the post please contact Dr Lorenzo Picinali –

Any queries regarding the application process should be directed to Sarah Wissing at

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Additional information

Please note that job descriptions cannot be exhaustive and the post-holder may be required to undertake other duties, which are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.

All Imperial employees are expected to follow the 7 principles of Imperial Expectations:

  • Champion a positive approach to change and opportunity
  • Communicate regularly and effectively within, and across, teams
  • Consider the thoughts and expectations of others
  • Deliver positive outcomes
  • Encourage inclusive participation and eliminate discrimination
  • Develop and grow skills and expertise
  • Work in a planned and managed way

In addition to the above, employees are required to observe and comply with all College policies and regulations.

We are committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment for all. We therefore encourage candidates to apply irrespective of age, disability, marriage or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion and belief, gender identity, sex, or sexual orientation. We are an Athena SWAN Silver Award winner, a Disability Confident Leader and a Stonewall Diversity Champion.

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