PhD Studentship: The role of focus cues in improving perceived realism in stereoscopic 3D imagery

Salaried PhD

Simon Watt PhD

Qualification type: PhD                             
Location: School of Psychology, Bangor University   
Closes: Friday 16th February 2018                                                           
Funding amount: The salaried studentship covers the full cost of tuition fees for PhD students, plus a salary of £30,500 per annum (subject to tax) for 3 years
Hours: Full Time, commencing March/April 2018

Applications are invited for a 36-month Early Stage Researcher position (PhD studentship) in visual perception in novel stereoscopic 3d displays, supervised by Dr. Simon Watt.

The researcher will join an 11-member Marie Sklodowska-Curie funded Innovative Training Network, RealVision: Hyper-REAListic VISual Experience ( The network is focused on innovation in hyper-realistic imaging, encoding and display technologies. It comprises research groups across Europe specialising in Multimedia, Optics, Visual Communication, Visual Computing, Computer Graphics and Human Vision.

The post offers excellent cross-disciplinary research training opportunities (as well as a relatively high salary). PhD training will include secondments with partners, and working closely with Rafal Mantiuk’s lab at the Department of Computer Science and Technology, University of Cambridge. The funding will also provide significant interaction with the network as a whole.

Bangor’s School of Psychology was established in 1963 and now has one of the largest student cohorts in the UK and a cosmopolitan feel due to the presence of staff and students from over 20 countries. It has consistently performed exceptionally well in the UK’s annual National Student Survey (Top 20 of 144 in NSS 2017), it has recently received the highest possible Gold rating under the Teaching Excellence Framework (2017), and is currently ranked in the UK’s top 20 for research activity (2014 Research Excellence Framework assessment) & Complete University Guide 2018.

Bangor University is situated among the breathtaking landscape of North Wales.  Bangor is a friendly and affordable university city, perched on the Irish Sea and with its back against Snowdonia National Park. There is easy access to beautiful mountains, lakes, rivers and beaches, while maintaining good transport links to some of the U.K.’s larger cities, including Manchester and London.


The researcher will contribute to the development and evaluation of novel display techniques, with the aim of making hyper-realistic digital imagery. The project will examine the importance of focus cues (retinal blur and the eye’s focusing response) to perceived realism, and will involve measurement of the eye’s focusing response, eye movements, and perception in 3d stereo imagery.

Dr Watt’s lab at the School of Psychology at Bangor offers unique facilities that combine novel stereo displays with measurement of oculomotor and upper-limb responses (


The researcher will have a good first degree and MSc (or equivalent experience) in a relevant discipline, such as Psychology, Vision Science, Neuroscience, or Computer Graphics (involving user studies). A strong work ethic and genuine enthusiasm for research are essential.

Further information

Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Dr Simon Watt for informal discussions ( Application details and further particulars can be found here:

Details of the consortium and wider aims can be found here:  

Residency Requirements

Applicants can be of any nationality, but the funding requires they must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the UK for more than 12 months in the previous 3 years immediately before appointment.

The successful candidate will be expected to start March to April, 2018. 

Application requirements

As this is a salaried position applicants should apply via the online Bangor jobs portal providing all necessary information:

Committed To Equal Opportunities