Position for PostDoc Virtual and Augmented Reality for the Future of Sailing
Delft University of Technology School of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science

Job Title:Position for  PostDoc Virtual and Augmented Reality for the Future of Sailing
Department/faculty: Faculty Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Level: Doctorate
Working hours: 38-40 hours weekly
Contract: 3 years

Salary: 3389 - 4274 euros monthly (full-time basis)


Faculty Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science

The Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EEMCS) is known worldwide for its high academic quality and the social relevance of its research programmes. The faculty's excellent facilities accentuate its international position in teaching and research. Within this interdisciplinary and international setting the faculty employs more than 1100 employees, including about 400 graduate students and about 2100 students. Together they work on a broad range of technical innovations in the fields of sustainable energy, telecommunications, microelectronics, embedded systems, computer and software engineering, interactive multimedia and applied mathematics.

The Department of Intelligent Systems (INSY) conceptualises computer science methodologies to sense, abstract, learn, reason, elicit and adapt data and their meaning in ways that respect human values in order to increase human effectiveness, well-being and social innovation. At the heart of the department is therefore research and teaching in computer science theory, algorithms and solutions for information processing systems that support humans (e.g. robotics), new products (e.g. Internet services), and science (e.g. biology).

The aim of the TU Delft Sports Engineering Institute is to promote and organize research and education in the field of performance enhancement in elite sports, and the promotion of sports, play and exercise to create a healthier society. By means of interdisciplinary collaboration between faculties and collaboration with companies, TU Delft aims to fulfill the potential of reaching a unique international position as the most engineering oriented University in the fields of sports research and education. Sport research offers the opportunity for national and international exposure of the excellent Delft research capabilities and innovations to a broad audience, and it is appealing for students in for example MSc assignments and Dream Teams. Challenges in elite sports are well defined. Thereby, elite sports offer a great environment to test new ideas and principles.

The Computer Graphics and Visualizsation Group has a strong research record and is known for its expertise in visual analytics, visualisation in general, modelling, game technology, and rendering. Besides these major topics, interaction techniques, virtual/augmented reality, vision, perception, computational photography, and simulations play an important role. The group also participates strongly in the Delft Research Initiatives "Environment" and "Health", thus aiming to find solutions for tomorrow's problems. It maintains a strong network of partners worldwide from academia, medical centres and industry.


Job description


This Postdoc position will be part of a project in collaboration with the Sailing Innovation Center (sailinginnovationcentre.nl), whose goal is to create excitement for the sailing sport by involving modern technologies.

Modern technologies, such as Virtual Reality or Augmented Reality, offer new possibilities for immersion, which we intend to make use of in a sailing context. A sailing athlete has to consider complex information; the boat, the wind, the sea currents and more to decide how to act and react. While athletes are trained in combining these factors, for external observers, their decisions are not always clear. Further, many of the factors that went into the decision are not directly available and it is quite difficult to follow a competition without the necessary background knowledge. The goal of this project is to make the information understandable and accessible to a larger audience to improve the engagement of the observers. The project is supported by many partners, including several companies providing streaming models and sailing related data via sensors and the candidate will work closely with a PhD student, who is investigating data models to discover patterns in order to improve training analysis. The work will further be developed in a practical setting with strong collaboration with the sailers and coaches.

The developed research is intended to be employed in future sailing competitions by the Dutch Sailing Team.



We are looking for a candidate who meets the following requirements:

• You are a talented and enthusiastic researcher.

• You have a PhD in Computer Graphics or Visualization, ideally with focus on Virtual Reality or Augmented Reality.

• You have relevant publications for the project and in the field of computer graphics and Visualization.

• Preferably you finished a master in Computer Science, (Applied) Mathematics, (Applied) Physics or Electrical Engineering.

• You have excellent programming skills and experience.

• You have good communication skills, and the ability to participate successfully in the work of a multidisciplinary research team.

• You are creative, ambitious, hardworking and persistent.

• You have a good command of the English language (knowledge of Dutch is not required).


Conditions of employment

TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount for health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. An International Children's Centre offers childcare and an international primary school. Dual Career Services offers support to accompanying partners. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.


Information and applicatio

For more information about this position please contact Anna Vilanova; a.vilanova@tudelft.nl, or Elmar Eisemann; e.eisemann@tudelft.nl. Phone: +31(0)152783107.

For information about the selection procedure, please contact Karin Reijenga, HR-Adviser, email: hr-eemcs@tudelft.nl.

To apply, please e-mail: a motivation Letter, detailed CV, diploma (and potential score sheets) for Master/PhD, selection of 3 articles and contact details of 2 references before July 1st, 2019. When applying for this position please refer to vacancy number EWI2019.30.


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