NCSA is currently seeking an Academic Hourly Researcher

NCSA is currently seeking an Academic Hourly Researcher who will solve specific tasks in a given Houdini scene file. The applicant will work to visualize data and simulations created by external science teams, such as datasets of the Milky Way, stars, stellar orbits, and a blackk hole shredding a star.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

Research Duties (70%):

* Develop scientific visualizations in Houdini.
* Iterate on Houdini scene files. Some tasks will require starting
from scratch, others will involve adding to existing scenes.
* Work with scientific data, represented in Houdini as particles,
lines, surfaces, and volumes.
* Design virtual scenes, which combine scientific data with
artistic elements.
* Design shaders with data-driven attributes.
* Meet with the visualization team, science teams, and other
stakeholders to iterate on the scientific visualization and ensure
accurate scientific portrayal.

Training (30%):

* Train other AVL staff members in the use of Houdini by
explaining the thought process behind implemented solutions, and
describing how tasks were accomplished.
* Document solutions so that they can be easily understood,
followed, and re-used in other situations.
* Answer questions regarding how tasks might be accomplished.
* Follow and encourage the use of best practices.


Position Requirements and Qualifications
Required: Bachelor's degree required, preferably in a related field.

Required: 2+ years of experience using Houdini software for visual effects, animation, and/or visualization. Preferred: 5+ years of professional experience using Houdini. Interest in science and/or data, especially astrophysics. Some experience with compositing, especially in Nuke software.

This is a part time Academic Hourly Research position at NCSA, with potential to become full time at a later date. Applicants must possess required education and experience by start date of position.  Interviews and hires may occur before the closing date; however, all applications received by the closing date will receive full consideration.

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To apply, please send your cover letter and CV/resume to"> by the close date (05/23/2022). Contact information for three references must be included<. 

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