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PhD Studentship in Creative Technologies/Visual Computing2017 April 26

Post Specification


Post Title:

PhD Studentship

Post Status/Ref:

Specific Purpose contract PhD Studentship in Creative Technologies/Visual Computing

Research Group/Department/School:

V-SENSE Project, School of Computer Science and Statistics, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin


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Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin

College Green, Dublin 2, Ireland

Reports to:

Professor Aljosa Smolic, Principal Investigator, V-SENSE

Terms and Conditions:

Payment of tax-free stipend 18k per annum. In addition, payment of EU academic fees.

Closing Date and Time:

Open until filled


NOTE: Applicants must have been resident in an EU member state for 3 out of the last 5 years to be eligible for EU fees


The successful candidate will be expected to take up September 2017.



Post Summary

Join our new team of 20+ researchers (half postdocs half PhDs) in Visual Computing at the intersection of Computer Vision, Computer Graphics and Media Signal Processing. We are building a dynamic environment where enthusiastic young scientists with different backgrounds get together to shape the future in fundamental as well as applied research projects. Possible directions include but are not limited to:

  • augmented reality (AR),
  • virtual reality (VR),
  • free viewpoint video (FVV),
  • 360/omni-directional video,
  • 3D video,
  • light-field technologies,
  • computer animation,
  • perceptual computing,
  • 3D reconstruction.


Individual research plans will be designed between PI, successful candidates and team, considering individual background, expertise, skills and interests, matching the overall strategy, and exploiting opportunities and inspirations.


The research project “V-Sense - Extending Visual Sensation through Image-Based Visual Computing” is funded by SFI over five years with a substantial budget to cover over 20 researchers. This is part of a strategic investment in Creative Technologies by SFI and Trinity College, which is defined as one of the strategic research themes of the College. V-Sense intends to become an incubator in this context, to stimulate further integration and growth and to impact Creative Industries in Ireland as a whole.


Standard duties and Responsibilities of the Post

  • Fundamental and/or applied research in Visual Computing at the intersection of Computer Vision, Computer Graphics and Media Signal Processing
  • Scientific publications
  • Contribution to prototype and demonstrator development
  • Overall contribution to V-SENSE and teamwork


Funding Information


The position is funded through the Science Foundation Ireland V-SENSE project.


Person Specification



The researcher will be expected to have a good primary degree (preferably MSc) in Computer Science, ICT, Electronic Engineering, Mathematics, Statistics, or a related discipline. Good programming skills are essential.

The successful candidate must meet Trinity College Dublin entry requirements for Postgraduate Research Degrees, and also have excellent communication skills.


Knowledge & Experience

  • Enthusiasm for scientific research
  • Strong ambition to learn and to master skills and knowledge to a world leading level
  • Background in a sub-area of Visual Computing such as Computer Vision, Computer Graphics, and Medial Signal Processing
  • Programming experience in bigger projects, e.g. in C++, OpenCV, OpenGL, Matlab, etc.
  • Affinity for creative dimensions of visual computing


Skills & Competencies

  • Good written and oral proficiency in English (essential).
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills both written and verbal.
  • Proven aptitude for Programming, System Analysis and Design.
  • Proven ability to prioritise workload and work to exacting deadlines. 
  • Strong team player who is able to take responsibility to contribute to the overall success of the team.
  • Enthusiastic and structured approach to research and development.
  • Excellent problem solving abilities. - Desire to learn about new products, technologies and keep abreast of new product and technical and research developments.


Further Information for Candidates


URL Link to School

URL Link to Research Group




Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin

Founded in 1592, Trinity is at the nexus of tradition and innovation, offering undergraduate and postgraduate programmes across 24 schools and three faculties: arts, humanities, and social sciences; engineering, maths and science; and health sciences. Spread across 47 acres in Dublin’s city centre, Trinity’s 17,000-strong student body comes from all 32 counties of Ireland, and 16% of students come from outside the country. Of those, 40% are from outside the European Union, making Trinity’s campus cosmopolitan and bustling, with a focus on diversity.


As Ireland’s leading university, the pursuit of academic excellence through research and scholarship is at the heart of the Trinity education. Trinity is known for intellectual rigour, excellence, interdisciplinary, and research-led teaching. Home to Nobel prize-winners such as scientist Ernest Walton and writer Samuel Beckett, Trinity draws visitors from across the world to its historic campus each year, including to the Book of Kells and Science Gallery which capture the university’s connection to both old and new.


Trinity accounts for one-fifth of all spin-out companies from Irish higher education institutions, helping to turn Ireland into an innovation-intensive, high-productivity economy. That culture of innovation and entrepreneurship is a defining characteristic of our campus as we help shape the next generation of job creators. 


Trinity has developed significant strength in a broad range of research areas, including the 19 broadly based multi-disciplinary thematic research areas.



Ireland’s first purpose-built nanoscience research institute, CRANN, houses 150 scientists, technicians and graduate students in specialised laboratory facilities. Meanwhile, the state-of-the-art Biomedical Sciences Institute is carrying out breakthrough research in areas such as immunology, cancer and medical devices.


The Old Library, which houses the Long Room, in Trinity is the largest research library in Ireland, with a collection of six million printed items, 500,000 maps, 80,000 electronic journals, and 350,000 electronic books. Some of the world’s most famous scholars are graduates of Trinity, including writer Jonathan Swift, dramatist Oscar Wilde, philosopher George Berkeley, and political philosopher, and political theorist Edmund Burke. Three Trinity graduates have become Presidents of Ireland - Douglas Hyde, Mary Robinson and Mary McAleese.


Trinity is the highest ranked university in Ireland, and among the world’s leading higher education institutions.


Trinity College Dublin World University Rankings


  • Trinity is Ireland’s No.1 University in the QS World University Ranking, THE World University Ranking and the Academic Ranking of World Universities (Shanghai).


  • Trinity is ranked 78th in the world and 27th in Europe in the 2015/2016 QS World University Ranking across all indicators.


  • Trinity is ranked 35th in the world in terms of International Outlook in the Times Higher Education World University Ranking 2015/2016.

Teaching Performance

  • Trinity is ranked in the top 20% of universities in the world in terms of Teaching Performance in the Times Higher Education World University Ranking 2015/2016.

Research Performance

  • Trinity ranks in the top 1% of research institutions in the world in the following 17 Essential Science Indicators fields (an increase of over 150% from 2004): Physics, Chemistry, Engineering, Social Sciences (General), Immunology, Neurosciences, Nanosciences, Materials Science, Pharmacy and Toxicology, Molecular Biology and Genetics, Biology and Biochemistry, Microbiology, Plant and Animal Science, Clinical Medicine, Agriculture, Psychiatry/Psychology, Environment/Ecology.

In the QS Faculty Rankings 2015*:

  • Trinity is ranked 61st in the world in Arts and Humanities.

In the QS Subject Rankings 2015**:

Trinity College Dublin features in the world's elite (Top 200) institutions in 25 of the 28 subjects in which it was evaluated by the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2015. Of these, Trinity ranks in the top 100 in the world in 14 subjects and in the top 5 in the world in 5 subjects.

Top 50

  • Trinity is ranked 32nd in the world in English Language and Literature.
  • Trinity is ranked 33rd in the world in Politics and International Studies.
  • Trinity is ranked 39th in the world in History.
  • Trinity is ranked 48th in the world in Biological Sciences.
  • Trinity is ranked 49th in the world in Modern Languages.

Top 100

  • Trinity is in the top 100 in the world in Chemistry.
  • Trinity is in the top 100 in the world in Computer Science and Information Systems.
  • Trinity is in the top 100 in the world in Education.
  • Trinity is in the top 100 in the world in Geography.
  • Trinity is in the top 100 in the world in Law.
  • Trinity is in the top 100 in the world in Medicine.
  • Trinity is in the top 100 in the world in Pharmacy and Pharmacology.
  • Trinity is in the top 100 in the world in Philosophy.
  • Trinity is in the top 100 in the world in Psychology.

Trinity subjects ranked in the world top 101-200 (QS Subject Ranking 2015)

Subject                                     Trinity Rank

Accounting and Finance                      101-150

Business and Management Studies    101-150

Economics and Econometrics             101-150

Linguistics                                           101-150

Physics and Astronomy                       101-150

Sociology                                             101-150

Engineering - Civil and Structural      151-200

Engineering – Electrical                     151-200

Engineering – Mechanical                  151-200                                    

Environmental Sciences                      151-200

Mathematics                                       151-200


* QS ‘Faculty’ Rankings 2015:  

** QS Subject Rankings 2015:  


Equal Opportunities Policy


Trinity College is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to employment policies, procedures and practices which do not discriminate on grounds such as gender, civil status, family status, age, disability, race, religious belief, sexual orientation or membership of the travelling community.

On that basis we encourage and welcome talented people from all backgrounds to join our staff and student community.

Trinity College’s Diversity Statement can be viewed in full at



Application Procedure



Please apply via email to and include a;

 -Targeted cover letter (600-1000 words) expressing your suitability for a position

  -Complete CV

Please include the reference code: VS-PhD on all correspondence.

There will be an interview process, and the successful candidate will be invited to apply via the TCD graduate studies admission system.


General enquires concerning this post can be addressed to