University of Glassgow

University of Glassgow

3D Optimisation Technician

3D Optimisation Technician

Job Purpose

To undertake technical aspects of the ‘Museums in the Metaverse' (MiM) project on behalf of the Principal Investigator (Dr Neil McDonnell) and Co- Investigators (Dr Pauline Mackay, Prof. Maria Economou, Prof. Murray Pittock), including providing specialist technical expertise in 3D Optimisation and being responsible for the creation/set up and/or operation of all technical resources to aid the delivery of research objectives. This will involve working as part of a team to: develop and implement sector-appropriate workflows/methods; optimise photogrammetric assets for Realtime XR deployment; support archival storage of 3D assets.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

1. Undertake specialist technical aspects of the specified research as a member of the research group.

2. Provide specialist technical advice to research team including research, teaching and technical staff.

3. Progress technical aspects of research objectives in accordance with predetermined timescales as set out by the PI and CIs.

4. Independently generate ideas and implement agreed proposals for experimental strategies.

5. Design and create systems, protocols, equipment, and/or other technical resources to support the delivery of research objectives.

6. Keep up to date with developments in relevant research/technical areas and within the broader discipline to ensure contribution to research goals is optimised.

7. Be responsible for the management of technical aspects of the research project, including where relevant, management of the technical resources, and technical staff. Ensure operational delivery of technical resources is optimised and seek to continuously improve the technical service.

8. Be responsible for troubleshooting complex technical problems, including issues with the design and operation of technical resources and/or with the data which is generated.

9. Undertake complex data analysis, identifying trends, problems or anomalies, and present findings clearly to research group and/or to wider audiences via presentations or within appropriate research publications.

10. Be responsible for the day to day management of and compliance with relevant Health and Safety and/or other specialist legal requirements. Maintain all necessary records in accordance with set requirements, keep up to date with developments or legal changes relevant to the work of the research group and advise and train group members as appropriate. Report any potential issues to the PI and/or relevant internal or external bodies timeously.

11. Work collaboratively with others, including within the wider College/Institute/School and where relevant with external contacts, to enhance the delivery of the research aims and support the broader strategic aims of the University.



A1 Usually Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework level 8 Scottish Vocational Qualification level 4, Higher National Diploma or equivalent, and experience of personal development in a similar role.

A2 Significant breath or depth of technical knowledge and recognised as an expert in the relevant discipline.

A3 Up to date knowledge of relevant legislative requirements applicable to the role, including by not limited to Health and Safety.

A4 Degree or equivalent in relevant discipline desirable. Working towards Professional Registration with relevant body.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience


C1 Demonstrable specialist technical skills aligned to Realtime asset optimisation and visualisation techniques and workflows for the ‘Museums in the Metaverse' project. Details of the discipline/project are as described in the post specific information and advert.

C2 Significant IT skills, including proficient use of relevant specialist or bespoke software packages, including: Z-Brush; other relevant modelling packages; Unity Games Engine.

C3 Significant analytical and problem-solving capability, including high degree of accuracy and attention to detail when dealing with complex data.

C4 Proven interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to understand, conceptualise and interpret technical requirements of a research group and adapt own style to meet the needs of others.

C5 Ability to plan and prioritise a broad range of technical work to meet competing demands.

C6 Proven ability to deliver quality outputs in a timely and efficient manner.


D1 Significant relevant work experience within a similar research environment, including evidence of previous outputs and professional development.

D2 Experience of understanding and interpreting complex technical requirements of service users and implementing appropriate methods of achieving their needs.

D3 Experience with Heritage Visualisation.

D4 Experience using Maya, Blender and Reality Capture software packages.

Please Note : If you are a current employee of the University of Glasgow, please be advised that the University would consider an internal secondment opportunity for this post. University of Glasgow applicants should seek clearance for release for internal secondment from their line manager before making a formal application.

Terms and Conditions

Salary will be Grade 6, £32,332 - £36,024 per annum.

This post is full time, and has funding until 31 March 2025 in the first instance.

As part of Team UofG you will be a member of a world changing, inclusive community, which values ambition, excellence, integrity and curiosity.

As a valued member of our team, you can expect:

1 A warm welcoming and engaging organisational culture, where your talents are developed and nurtured, and success is celebrated and shared.

2 An excellent employment package with generous terms and conditions including 41 days of leave for full time staff, pension - pensions handbook https: // www., benefits and discount packages.

3 A flexible approach to working.

4 A commitment to support your health and wellbeing, including a free 6-month UofG Sport membership for all new staff joining the University https: // www.

We believe that we can only reach our full potential through the talents of all. Equality, diversity and inclusion are at the heart of our values. Applications are particularly welcome from across our communities and in particular people from the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community, and other protected characteristics who are under-represented within the University. Read more on how the University promotes and embeds all aspects of equality and diversity within our community https: // www.

In line with the commitments in the University of Glasgow's Gaelic Language Plan, we also welcome and value skills in Gaelic language for anyone working within areas where key Gaelic services are delivered, in particular within the School of Humanities / Sgoil nan Daonnachdan and the College of Arts

We endorse the principles of Athena Swan https: // www. and hold bronze, silver and gold awards across the University.

We are investing in our organisation, and we will invest in you too. Please visit our website https: // www. for more information.

Vacancy Ref : 143089 Close Date : 22-Apr-2024 23:45

Job details


3D Optimisation Technician


University of Glassgow


United Kingdom


March 28, 2024

Application deadline

April 22, 2024

Job type



Computer Science,Engineering

About the employer

The University of Glasgow was established in the year 1451 by papal bull. It is among the 4th ancient universities in Scotland and the fourth-oldest university in the USA. It was a part of the Scottish Enlightenment along with Edinburg, St. Andrews, and Aberdeen during the 18th century. Among the ancient universities in the UK, the University of Glasgow is one of the eight institutions that award undergraduate and graduate degrees in popular disciplines. The university comprises four colleges that include the College of Science & Engineering, College of Arts, College of Medical, Veterinary & Life Sciences, and College of Social Sciences.

The university is spread over different campuses. The main campus is the Gilmorehill campus situated in Hillhead. The campus in the Garscube Estate in Bearsden houses the Veterinary School and sports facilities of the university and Dental school, the medical section is taken care of at Gartnavel Royal Hospital located on Great Western Road. Moreover, the Crichton campus and the teaching center at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Dumfries are jointly operated by the Open University, the University of the West of Scotland, and the University of Glasgow.

The University of Glasgow has 30,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students from over 140 countries worldwide. It is a major employer in the city of Glasgow with more than 8,000 staff, including more than 3,400 research and teaching staff. The university is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of leading UK research universities

The university has introduced the World-Changing Alumni award for celebrating the excellent performance of the notable alumni. The winners include Susanne Mitschke in 2017 and Matt Fountain in 2016. Some of the other notable alumni who are now being recognized by the world include the three Prime Ministers namely Bonar Law, Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman, and William Lamb.

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