Research Associates Positions: Research Associate(s) for “Virtual Reality for Well-being” Multidisciplinary Research Group (MRG)
Position Category: a one-year employment contract will be offered with potential renewal which includes a very attractive remuneration according to qualifications and expertise.
Location: Full-time physical presence at RISE, Nicosia, Cyprus
The Research Centre on Interactive Media, Smart Systems and Emerging Technologies (RISE) is a newly founded research and innovation Centre of Excellence in Cyprus designed to integrate academic research and industrial innovation towards sustainable fuelling of the scientific, technological and economic growth of Cyprus and Europe. For further information about the Centre, please visit www.rise.org.cy.
The Virtual Reality for Well-being MRG (VR WELL-BEING MRG) will target research on Virtual Reality for well-being, broadly construed. ‘Well-being’ refers to the general social, economic, psychological, spiritual, or medical positive condition of an individual or a group. This MRG will contribute to these aspects, either directly by having participants experience simulated conditions within virtual environments, or indirectly by exploiting the technological outputs of related VR projects. The first focus of VR WELL-BEING MRG will aim humans’ medical positive condition. More specifically, the MRG will address physical health (rehabilitation) and/or mental health. We will push the capabilities of VR beyond the limits of the current state-of-the-art, by exploiting VR to effectively change the real physical capabilities of the participants, and allow for the novel exploration of how virtual worlds can impact physical reality. This will be done by exploiting brain plasticity and concepts from social neuroscience and social psychology.
The successful candidate(s) will have the opportunity to conduct applied research in the aforementioned areas. The position holder will also participate in the preparation of project reports and deliverables, research proposals for funding and travel abroad for dissemination activities. Furthermore, position holders should publish/present their research results in prestigious international conferences and journals and contribute to the research centre’s key performance indicators. The successful candidate(s) will work under the supervision of the Team Leader of the VR WELL-BEING MRG Dr Despina Michael-Grigoriou.
Call: H2020-WIDESPREAD-01-2016-2017 (Teaming Phase 2)
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 739578
This project has received funding from the Government of the Republic of Cyprus through the Directorate General for the European Programmes, Coordination and Development.