Postdoctoral Centre for Applied Creative Technologies

Centre for Applied Creative Technologies

CfACTs logoCfACTs is a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Action (MSCA) COFUND research centre, co-led by Prof Jian Chang and Prof Jian J Zhang, of the Bournemouth University’s National Centre for Computer Animation (BU NCCA); CfACTs runs from October 2020 to September 2025.

CfACTs will recruit six funded post-doctoral researchers (CfACTs fellows) and embed them in UK creative technology companies for up to two years, to deliver multi-disciplinary research focused on industrial applications related to three BU Strategic Investment Areas:  Animation, Simulation and Visualisation; Medical Science and Assistive Technology.  This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 900025.

Recruitment Call 2 will be launched soon, please register your interest in the form below.  

This is an excellent opportunity for those with research and/or development experience in machine learning and artificial intelligence (such as using GAN, implementing image processing solutions, developing computer vision algorithms), with the prospect of further career development.   This post will offer necessary training and career development opportunities for conducting multi-disciplinary research in one chosen research theme, in addition to expanding potential future career choices.

To be eligible to apply an applicant must :
  • Be in possession of a doctorate or have at least four years full-time equivalent research experience.
  • Not have resided or carried out his/her main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the United Kingdom for more than 12 months in the three years immediately before the call deadline.

Please REGISTER YOUR INTEREST by filling out the online form as early as possible to receive dedicated support for potential applicants. 

See 'Application Guidance and Process' for more details.

CfACTs is proud to be working with our industry partner organisations, providing valuable industrial experience, and supporting the overall training of our researchers.  Find out more... click on the boxes below.

Whilst you are able to apply for a general fellowship within CfACTs, we also provide the opportunity for you to apply to a specific research theme.  Below you will see examples of our current research themes, in collaboration with our industrial partners Framestore and Humain.  Find out more by clicking on the boxes.

About CfACTs Fellows

The CfACTs fellows will research and develop new applied digital creative techniques, collaboratively with industry; and apply their research cross-sectorally for various applications including but not limited to, computer animation, visual effects (VFX), computer vision, visualisation, healthcare, retail and assistive technology.

Fellows are expected to be seconded into one or more POs for the majority of their two-year programme with full academic and industry support to gain cross-sectoral experience.

3 Post Doctoral Researchers (CfACTs Fellows) will be recruited in cohort 1
3 Post Doctoral Researchers (CfACTs Fellows) will be recruited in cohort 2

CfACTs Fellows are full-time academic employees of BU and embark on a two-year programme of world-leading digital creative technology research and training provided by CfACTs, and its industry Partner Organisations (POs). Two cohorts of three fellows will be recruited: Cohort 1in 2021 and Cohort 2 in 2023. Each cohort will receive researcher training from BU, and industrial experience with CfACTs POs based in the UK. The CfACTs fellows will be jointly supervised by BU senior academics and industry experts from the CfACTs PO. 

The academic expertise underpinning CfACTs is sourced from BU’s world-class National Centre for Computer Animation (NCCA) and as required, other BU centres of research excellence, including Centre for Games and Music Research; the Orthopaedic Research Institute; the Centre for Archaeology and Anthropology, and the Institute of Medical Imaging and Visualisation.

Applicants can be of any nationality and must meet the MSCA requirements in terms of degree and mobility (see "CfACTs Guidance for Applicants" for details). 


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