Post-Doc in Image-Based 3D Modeling of Fine Art (RIT/MOMA)

Post-Doctoral Position in Image-Based 3D Modeling of Fine Art (RIT/MOMA)

Sponsor: Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Location(s): The Munsell Color Science Laboratory, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY and the Museum of Modern Art, New York City

Principal Investigators: Drs. Roy S. Berns and James A. Ferwerda

Project Description: The Munsell Color Science Laboratory (MCSL) at RIT is seeking an outstanding researcher for a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in the area of Image-Based 3D Modeling of Fine Art. The goal of the research is to develop advanced methods for creating rich digital representations of paintings and other cultural heritage objects that can serve as surrogates for archiving, analysis, restoration, reproduction, and scholarship. The fellowship is sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation as part of a project entitled “Improving Artwork Reproduction through 3D-Spectral Capture and Computer Graphics Rendering”. Research resources of the MCSL include a light measurement laboratory, a custom imaging goniospectrophotometer, a compute cluster, and calibrated spectral printing, display systems, and visual psychophysics laboratories. In addition to research at the MCSL in Rochester NY, the appointment will include extended residencies at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

Requirements: Applicants should have a Ph.D. in Computer Science, Computer Graphics, Image Processing, or a related field. Applicants with research backgrounds in the following areas will be preferred: Image-Based Modeling/Rendering/Lighting, Computational Photography, Physically-Based Rendering, and Material Appearance. Strong mathematical and computational skills (MATLAB and C/C++) and a proven track record of independent research and publication are required.

Application Process: Applicants should email a curriculum vitae, and a cover letter that describes their graduate training, research interests, and qualifications for the position to Ms. Val Hemink ([email protected]). Applicants should also arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent to the same address. Review of the applications will be ongoing and will continue until the position is filled.

Salary: Commensurate with experience.
Start date: Negotiable but no later than October 2009.
Duration: Two years.

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