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Development of Virtual Reality immersive modeling platform for new materials design

Project description:
Recent advances in interaction design have created new ways to use computers for chemistry. For example nowadays one can create enhanced 3D environments that simulate physical presence in a real-world-like virtual reality. In the Institute of Physical Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Basel, we are developing a Virtual Reality immersive modeling platform for exploring and designing new molecules and materials. Here is an example
To assist with this purpose, we are looking for a highly motivated and interested assistent who will help to implement the platform. The successful candidate will program, develop, evaluate and integrate innovative features from Virtual Reality and 3D user interaction into a molecular visualization, simulation, and manipulation workflow. The foundation of this project, which provides a defined framework to get started, has already been established in collaboration with Prof. Dr. Philippe C. Cattin from the department of Biomedical engineering.

Candidate profile
The successful applicant should have strong programming skills, motivation, and frustration barrier . A background in GPUs programming, real time applications is desirable, as well as experience in C# , 3D visualization and game design software. In addition, the candidate should have a good ability to work both independently, as well as in a team in a multidisciplinary environment. Good team working skills are indispensable as the candidate will work in a collaborative project. The research will be performed within a team consisting of group members who contribute their knowledge and skills in programming, and computational chemistry and physics to the project.

Applications are accepted until the position is filled and the candidate will start as soon as possible. Interested candidates are asked to send their CV, a motivational letter and references (if available) to Anatole von Lilienfeld.

Master students
Students interested in carrying out an internship research project, or Bachelor, or Master thesis are always welcome to contact the head of the group.

Self-funded work and internships
Applicants are always invited to apply if they come with their own funding. To find funding one could go to this site if from abroad. If from Switzerland, one can seek funding from the Swiss National Science foundation. Qualified applicants, i.e. with a Master or PhD degree, who wish to apply for their own funding (doctoral or postdoctoral stipends and fellowships) should first contact the head of the group, preferably much ahead of time.