Veronika Kovzel
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Place of work:

Working hours:
19,5 h/week

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English / German
Job-Id: 136/2020 (1057)

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Bautzner Landstraße 400
01328 Dresden

PhD Student (f/m/d) AR/VR/XR Control of Scientific Instruments in Systems Biology

The Center for Advanced Systems Understanding (CASUS) is a German-Polish research center for data-intensive digital systems research. We combine innovative methods from mathematics, theoretical systems research, simulations, data science, and computer science to provide solutions for a range of disciplines – materials science under ambient and extreme conditions, earth system research, systems biology, and autonomous vehicles.

CASUS was jointly founded in August 2019 by the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf, the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, the Technical University of Dresden and the University of Wroclaw. CASUS is located in the heart of Görlitz at the border between Germany and Poland. The CASUS start-up phase is hosted by the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf and is financed by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the Saxon State Ministry of Science and Art.

The Department of Systems Biology in collaboration with the Junior Professorship for lmmersive Media at TU Dresden is looking for a PhD student (f/m/d)  excited about bringing Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and Cross Reality Interfaces into the game for the control of state-of-the-art scientific instruments, such as Lightsheet Fluorescence Microscopes (LSFM) or FLUCS-based Particle Manipulators. Consideration of candidates will begin as soon as possible and will continue until the position is filled. Location of work is Görlitz, remuneration is according to the German Civil Service Tariff and HZDR employment conditions. No tuition charged. The regular weekly working time will be 19,5 hours and will be increased to 30 hours in the third working year.

The Scope of Your Job

In recent years, amazing new scientific instruments have been developed. These include Lightsheet Fluorescence Microscopes or sample manipulators based on FLUCS, offering unprecedented insight into biological systems live and in 3D. In parallel, AR/VR/XR interfaces have moved out of the lab and have become widely available, while solving many of the issues earlier setups had, such as motion sickness or limited resolution. So far, both have not been paired yet, and essentially all of these instruments are still controlled using traditional mouse/keyboard input and 2D screens! Our goal in this project is to bring together state-of-the-art scientific instruments in Systems Biology with AR/VR/XR visualization and control modalities, both for single-user and for multi-user environments.

Your Tasks:

  • Design and develop AR/VR/XR interfaces for control of scientific instruments such as microscopes, and visualization of the produced data

  • Conduct user studies to empirically evaluate such interfaces

  • Integrate the results into our visualization and interaction framework scenery (paper)

  • Publish your results in academic, peer-reviewed journals

  • Present your results at scientific meetings

Your Qualifications:

  • Master's degree etc. in computer science, physics, or related fields

  • Knowledge of AR/VR/XR interfaces and visualization, experience with user studies is a plus

  • Excellent programming skills in languages such as Java, Kotlin, C++

  • Experience with graphics programming, such as with OpenGL, Vulkan, DirectX, Metal

  • Strong motivation to work in a collaborative environment;

  • Excellent communication skills in English and in a professional context (presentation of research results at scientific meetings, colloquial discussions, writing of manuscripts).

What we offer:

  • A vibrant research community in an open, diverse, and international work environment

  • Scientific excellence and high quality of training according to the Helmholtz Doctoral Guidelines

  • Cutting-edge, professionally managed high-performance computing resources
  • Scientific computing and software engineering support team
  • Broad national and international science networks
  • Scientific excellence and broad national and international science networks

  • Salary according to the German Collective Wage Agreement for the Civil Service (TVöD);

  • Comprehensive benefits package (30 vacation days per year, company pension plan [VBL], flexible working hours, in-house health management, relocation assistance).

Deadline: Rolling application - open until filled.

Please submit your completed application (including cover letter, CV, diplomas/transcripts, etc.) only via our Online-application-system.

Online application English / German