Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world. UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty. All of which has allowed the UW to be nationally recognized as a "Great College to Work For" for five consecutive years. The Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington educates tomorrow's innovators, conducts cutting-edge research in core and emerging areas of the field, and leads a broad range of multi-disciplinary initiatives that demonstrate the transformative power of computing. Consistently ranked among the top computer science programs in the nation, the Allen School is widely recognized for its success in promoting diversity and for the impact of its research and teaching across our region and around the globe. The Allen School occupies two spectacular buildings -- the Paul G. Allen Center and the adjacent Bill & Melinda Gates Center -- located at the heart of the UW campus in Seattle.The Allen School has an outstanding opportunity for a Director of Research & Education in the UW Reality Lab.For information about the UW Reality Lab, click here.The UW Reality Lab is a center for research in the areas of virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR). This industry-funded laboratory is dedicated to innovative research, new applications in the field and expanding coursework for interested students. The UW Reality Lab will support and augment current research projects sponsored by federal and industry sources. With their funding, the UW Reality Lab looks to expand and build on those projects while recruiting more researchers both as students and as industry partners. This position, in partnership with the executive and advisory boards, will manage areas spanning research, education, and outreach.The Director (Program Operations Specialist) will have a high degree of authority to manage the various research and educational programs of the lab, including devising, organizing, and supporting lab research projects, organizing and leading undergraduate research programs, curriculum development, assisting the instructors of record and teaching when appropriate, and organizing demonstrations for visitors and funding agencies.This position requires in-depth familiarity with the goals, objectives, mission, and vision of the lab. The Director will be required to have the necessary technical skills and education in VR/AR to collaborate, plan, and advance project goals with research partners within the university and industry.The Director must have the ability to solve problems independently and creatively in order to carry out the operational mission without direct supervision. This position will be in a key role and will exercise decision-making authority and independent judgment in managing day-to-day operations and contributing to the program's success. This position will report to the Executive Director.RESPONSIBILITIES:Research Management (40 %)This position has full delegated authority to act for the Lab. The person in this position will:Manage the undergraduate research program(s). Coordinate student teams working on VR/AR projects and applications. Develop processes and structures that improve program quality and execution. Facilitate graduate students' research projects. This requires in-depth technical knowledge.Regularly interface with sponsors, collaborators, and visitors. Provide leadership and sponsors with progress reports, identify areas of concern and recommend solutions. Identify opportunities for cross-talk between research teams and initiate meetings.Identify funding opportunities and participate in proposal writing activities, in collaboration with lab leadership and researchers.Identify and collaborate with faculty across departments at UW to apply VR/AR technologies to their research and educational projects.Coordinate demonstrations and presentations of lab-funded research to visitors. Assist students with presentations of their individual work.Educational Management (40%)Manage and help develop the curriculum in virtual and augmented reality technologies. Assist executive committee members with identifying existing courses, seminars, discussion groups that are relevant for students studying virtual reality as graduates or undergraduates. This will include identifying crucial areas not covered by existing courses.Assist with course development, preparing materials for new courses in virtual and augmented reality, and assist the instructor of record with lecturing. For selected academic quarters, if mutually agreed, may have opportunity to reduce FTE to 50% in order to add part-time 50% Lecturer position, to serve as instructor of record in collaboration with other executive committee members.Operations, Administration, and Outreach (20%)Monitor research projects, and report on project progress to director and executive committee.Work with program manager and directors to write technical and administrative reports for sponsors. Coordinate research teams in preparation and presentation of sponsor reviews. Ensure satisfaction with program progress and upcoming work plans.Collaborate with department staff to manage lab facilities, equipment, computers, and other resourcesOrganize and respond to inquiries from external parties regarding potential collaboration, requests for information, etc.Interface with members of the VR/AR community (campus clubs, interest groups, high-schools, businesses) to represent the lab and identify possible partnerships.Hold office hours (in-person or online) to answer VR/AR related questions from the members of the UW community and beyond.Assist Program Manager with creating news/blog posts and promotional content for the lab.REQUIREMENTS:PhD in computer science or related area, with experience conducting academic research in new virtual and augmented reality technologies.At least 3 years of experience in an academic setting publishing and presenting research projects in the field of virtual and augmented reality.High quality academic writing and presentation skills. Individual must be experienced presenting their research to diverse audiences in an academic setting.Track record of collaboration.Experience and facility with virtual and augmented reality hardware, software, and tools.Candidates must submit a CV with presentations/publications that demonstrate their fluency of technical skills.Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.DESIRED:Experience overseeing research projects, setting research procedures, directing tasks, and monitoring others' progress.Experience coordinating inter-related research projects and helping different teams coordinate with each other and using personnel/lab resources efficiently.Track record of collaborative and interdisciplinary work preferred.CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:Application Process:The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These assessments may include Work Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others. Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select "Apply to this position". Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your "My Jobs" page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.
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