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 two 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 is currently closed.  Please do follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter for notification of future recruitment opportunities.   

If you were unable to join our live webinars providing information on the application process and requirements, don't worry! you can view a recorded session here (recorded 30th March 23).

Webinar giving guidance and support to Post Doctoral Researchers applying for CfACTs.

This is an excellent opportunity for those with research and/or development experience in machine learning and artificial intelligence.  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.

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.

To be eligible to apply an applicant must :

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

  • 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' below for more details. ↓

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 with one of our industrial partners.  In the sidebar to the right, you will see examples of current research themes.  Below you will find research themes for 2023.  More themes and industrial partners will be announced soon, check this page for updates or email [email protected] for more information.

About CfACTs Fellows - Terms and Conditions

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).

The CfACTs fellowships follow the requirements of the standard fellowships of the MSCA; available in full from:

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. 

CfACTs News

June 2023

A warm welcome to Research Fellow Dr. Diqiong Jiang.  Diqiong is interested in research into Digital Human Faces Generation.  He studied at Zhejiang University from 2017 - 2023, under the guidance of Prof. Ruofeng Tong in the College of Computer Science.  We are thrilled to be working with him.  With the support of his CfACTs academic supervisors Professor Lihua You and Professor Jian Chang, Diqiong will be working with Humain, located in Belfast. 

March 2023

Introducing our newest Research Fellow Dr. Chaoguang Wang.

Dr Wang earned a Ph.D in design from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and received his post-doctoral training at the University of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.  His research interests focus on game design, serious games as well as player experience and user studies enriched with physiological measurement.  Previously he worked as a game designer for six years at NetEase Inc. (Nasdaq: NTES), China, where he helped to develop the massive multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) title, Fairy Tale, from concept to delivery and live operation.

We are so pleased to welcome Dr Wang to CfACTs and we look forward to seeing how his research develops.

December 2022

We have great pleasure in introducing and welcoming Research Fellow Dr. Prathap Soma to CfACTs.

Dr Soma is researching 4K/8K image/video up-scaling using deep learning for image rendering applications.

"I am excited to be a part of the CfACTs team.  I will gain lots of knowledge, and hands-on experience to strengthen my research skills.  I hope to enhance my global reputation and visibility through publications in reputed journals and high-profile conference attendance."

We are thrilled to have Dr. Soma join MSCA CfACTs here at Bournemouth University and we look forward to supporting him on his Research Fellow journey.


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