Opportunity for PhD studies in Radiance (almost:)

I have funds to pay for an interested person to carry out Doctoral (PhD)
studies over a 3 year full time period.

Closing date for applications: 28 April 2003. Only open to UK, EU
citizens and others classed as Home fees by the UK government.

You will be involved in a project funded by the EPSRC (www.epsrc.ac.uk)
to study how we see colours of real objects compared to computer
simulated ones. We will use Radiance to generate the computer images.
The aim of this project is to establish how good human colour constancy
is in the presence of gradients and to study how it depends on the image
characteristics (real vs simulated, etc) but you can also think of the
project as an attempt to carry out a psychophysical validation of the
images generated by Radiance.

You will be working with me and another experienced post-doctoral
researcher within the Department of Optometry at the University of
Bradford (www.brad.ac.uk). The EPSRC funding covers the construction of
a unique lighting booth in which to carry out the real objects
experiments, other equipment (computers, etc), travel money to attend
conferences and payment of observers. The project has scope for you to
develop your own ideas particularly in the later years of the PhD.

This is an interdisciplinary project combining techniques from colour
science, psychology and computing. It would suit an enthusiastic
candidate with a degree in architecture, engineering, computing, design,
physics, maths or psychology with an interest in human factors and
comfortable with computers (and Radiance :slight_smile: It will give you an
opportunity to acquire experience in academic research, gain a PhD and
publish in top quality journals.

The University upholds a strong equal opportunity policy and I welcome
enquiries from mature students. Bradford (www.bradford.gov.uk) is
situated in West Yorkshire (in the North of England) among beautiful
countryside including the Yorkshire Dales National Park
(www.yorkshiredales.org.uk) and Bronte Counrtry
(www.bronte-country.com/welcome.html). You will find excellent mountain
and road biking, walking, rock climbing and long boat sailing a short
distance from the University. The city is small and multicultural with
low cost of living, host to the National Film and Photography Museum
(www.nmsi.ac.uk) and the Bradford Bulls (www.bradfordbulls.co.uk). There
are excellent rail links (Leeds 20min, London 2.5 hs, Ilkley 30 min) and
an international airport.

Start date for the PhD is flexible; between August 03 and January 04.
Stipend is at Research council level (currently pounds 9000), as a full
time student you will be exempt from paying tax. There are opportunities
to supplement your income via teaching/demonstrating.

Interested parties should submit a personal statement indicating why
they are interested in the project and their background, a CV and
contact details of 3 referees (by April 28, 2003) to:

Dr Marina Bloj
Department of Optometry, Richmond Building
University of Bradford

e-mail applications accepted at m.bloj@brad.ac.uk

Shortlist will be drawn up soon after the closing date and award
decisions will be made in early May.

I am happy to deal with informal enquiries via e-mail m.bloj@brad.ac.uk


Marina Bloj PhD, Lecturer
Department of Optometry, Richmond Building
University of Bradford
Tel: +44-(0)1274 23 6258 Fax: +44-(0)1274 235570