Visualisation lab manager

Royal College of Art
Location: London, UK
Added on: 6 May 2024, Job offer expires on: 30 Jun 2024

Royal College of Arts has an opportunity for a visualisation lab manager to join its team in London.

Royal College of Arts is looking for an experienced, adaptable and highly motivated visualisation lab manager – a specialist technical instructor in visualisation and simulation – to work in its new SNAP visualisation lab in London.

The SNAP Vis Lab is a multimodal immersive environment. Offering double height, three sided stereoscopic capable projection, a spatial tracking array and high quality sound, the space will allow for large scale visuals, virtual environments, and data analysis. Comprising audio, projection, and tracking hardware and software for multimedia playback and CAD conversion, the space will support research staff to engage with partners.

Within the lab there is: 

  • a 65m2 double-height space with three sided projection, minimal light and sound pollution and a control room
  • dedicated solid-state, automatically digitally corrected array of stereoscopic capable projectors
  • a spatial tracking array offers a tracking volume targeted to support VR interactions and dynamic viewing of applications
  • an immersive audio system
  • software that supports multimedia content playback and VR

Working as the local technical support in this new research and knowledge exchange focused space, the role will provide specialist technical support for large scale multimedia projection, virtual environments and audio delivery. There will be training and development opportunities on the software and equipment for the most suitable candidate.

The day job as SNAP visualisation lab manager:

  • working closely with academic staff and external partners to support project development within and for the SNAP lab
  • designing workflows, user guides and safety protocols for the new laboratory
  • training research staff on new equipment and processes
  • setting up and running tests and experiments on behalf of academic staff or commercial clients
  • ordering consumables and planning maintenance of equipment
  • peer-to-peer learning with other technical specialists and academic staff
  • regular problem solving and playing an active part in the lab’s development
  • support the labs progression by engaging in both personal and technological development

What you will need to have:

  • significant knowledge and experience of managing multi-user spaces, including equipment management, software updates, and user configuration
  • experience of developing project briefs, scope and resource requirements
  • experience of delivering virtual environment projects and at least one games development platform (such as unreal or unity)
  • experience of working with 3D models within visualisation and virtual environment projects
  • experience in processes and techniques related to large scale visualisation
  • excellent communication and interpersonal skills, both written and verbal
  • excellent organisational, time management and planning skills with the ability to prioritise as appropriate

The recruitment process

This is a full time and fixed term role (two years) working at our state-of-the-art facility at Battersea.

When applying please be sure to respond in detail to the supporting statements on the application form and attach your portfolio or links to previous work. There is no requirement to attach a CV as you will complete a form outlining your experience.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to a formal interview, which will include a five min presentation. As part of the process, there will also be a tour of the facilities.

The Royal College of Art is committed to creating an environment of mutual respect, where differences are valued and celebrated and where innovation, creativity and diversity can flourish.

We welcome and encourage applications from all members of the community and recognise some may need additional support completing an online application process, for example dyslexia.

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Further information

Founded in 1837, the Royal College of Art is the world’s largest community of postgraduate art and design students. It is also the oldest art and design university in continuous operation and has been ranked as the world’s number one art and design university for a remarkable Ten consecutive years, according to the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2024 – the worldwide survey of academic and industry opinion.

Please see information pack for further details of this exciting new role.  If you would further details or an informal chat about the role – please contact Natalie Murphy – technical coordinator intelligent manufacturing and research resourcing, via email.

Closing date for applications is 11.59pm on 14 May 2024.

The Royal College of Art (RCA)  aims to foster an inclusive culture which promotes equality, values diversity and maintains a working, learning and social environment in which the rights and dignity of all its staff and students and stakeholders are respected.

We recognise the broad range of experiences that a diverse staff and student body brings and how this  strengthens our research and enhances our teaching. In order for RCA to remain a world-leading institution we are committed to promoting equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) principles throughout all of our processes, from application through to appointment.

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