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Virtual Reality Specialist

Job Reference: 267-CSVRS601

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
Research & Development
£26,565 to £35,577 pa

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust has been rated as Good by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

We are a responsive and innovative Foundation Trust that places our values of Caring, Safe and Excellent at the heart of everything we do. We take great pride in our staff and believe that investing in you is key to us achieving our vision of outstanding care delivered by outstanding people.

We work with a wide range of partner organisations to deliver care and support to people in their own homes and from a number of hospitals and community bases. We focus on delivering care as close to home as possible.

We are looking for a talented candidate with a technical profile with an interest in Virtual Reality (VR). The post-holder will be working on an exciting new project to enable the use of VR in NHS mental health services. The post-holder will be involved in two key aspects of this project: working on the re-design of the VR treatment with a healthcare design unit and patient and staff groups; and supporting the set-up of VR across several NHS trusts. There will also be opportunities to contribute to our other work in Oxford on applying VR to mental health problems.

The post-holder will be responsible of the installation and maintenance of virtual reality systems and will also be involved in the design and development of virtual environments for research and clinical studies. The individual will also have an attachment with the University of Oxford and will also be encouraged to develop his/her own research that fits with the group’s work.

The Oxford VR for mental health lab is part of Prof Daniel Freeman’s research group at the University of Oxford and Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust. The post-holder will work closely with the computer science lead of the VR lab, Dr Aitor Rovira. Our group have been collaborating closely with Professor Mel Slater and team (University of Barcelona/University College London) on using virtual reality to research and treat severe mental health problems. In our latest large-scale project, we will also be collaborating with several other organisations. The post provides an exciting opportunity to join this research collaboration. Some project partners are in the private sector, for example, and this post also allows to collaborate with them.

Our Virtual Reality Lab includes state-of-the-art equipment:

  • Various tracking systems: Intersense IS900, 16-camera setup Optitrack system, Perception Neuron body tracking suit, Microsoft Kinect. Our tracking area is roughly 30m2.

  • Head-mounted displays: HTC Vive + TPCast, Oculus Rift, Nvis SX111.

  • Various audio and video recording devices.

    The ideal candidate will be required to have:

  • A Computer Science, Engineering, or similar university degree. A MSc degree is preferred.

  • Experience in hardware setup with Virtual Reality devices, especially HTC Vive and Oculus Rift.

  • Experience developing VR scenarios with Unity 3D or Unreal Engine.

  • Demonstrable computer programming skills with C++ and C#. Low-level graphics programming using OpenGL or Vulkan will be a plus.

  • Experience in using motion tracking systems (Vicon, Optitrack, Kinect).

    Other preferred skills:

  • Modelling, texturing, and lighting of 3D environments (Autodesk 3D Studio, Maya, Blender).

  • Creation of 3D virtual humans (MakeHuman, Mixamo, Daz3D, Poser).

  • Be familiar with the 3D animation creation pipeline, from the recording with a motion capture system to the retargeting on virtual characters stage (Optitrack Motive, MotionBuilder).

  • Audio and video editing (Adobe Premiere or similar, Audacity).

    For more information about the post or to arrange an informal meeting, please contact Aitor Rovira aitor.rovira@

    Benefits of working for Oxford Health NHS Trust include:-

Excellent opportunities for career progression

27 days annual leave, plus bank holidays, with an increase to 33 days with continuous service

NHS Discount across a wide range of shops, restaurants and retailers

Staff accommodation

Childcare Vouchers

Competitive pension scheme

Lease car scheme

Cycle to work scheme

Ref: 267-CSVRS601

  • New starters have a 6 month probationary period. This, together with the induction process aims to create a positive supportive working environment allowing new employees to learn key elements of their role over a reasonable timescale.

  • Candidates not currently employed by the Trust who attend an interview for non-qualified Band 1-5 posts are required to undertake numeracy and literacy assessments.

  • Appointment to this post is subject to the trust receiving satisfactory references covering 3-5 years of employment or study. Please ask your referees to respond promptly to reference requests.

  • Employees are expected to undertake mandatory and statutory training related to their role.

  • We positively encourage applications from all areas of the community, regardless of gender, race, faith, disability, age or sexual orientation and we encourage applications from users of mental health services. This is part of our commitment to equality and reflecting the diversity of our population.

  • Oxford Health is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, we expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

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