Human Interface Technology Laboratory (HIT Lab NZ) - Hangarau Tangata, Tangata Hangarau
College of Engineering - Te Rāngai Pūkaha
- Full-time at 37.5 hours per week (1.0 FTE)
- Fixed term position (4 years)
What You Will Do
We have an exciting and unique opportunity for a Game and Digital Artist to join the HIT Lab NZ. As the Game and Digital Artist, you will provide creative support and asset development for emerging projects at the intersection of academia and industry around applied immersive games. You will ensure the HIT Lab NZ is developing leading-edge game design and research, and that game-related research and teaching is supported by in-house expert knowledge and state-of-the-art design techniques. The role of Game and Digital Artist will be involved in designing and illustrating games, pushing creative projects from concept to final execution, and collaborating with the HIT Lab NZ team on both large and small projects with equal enthusiasm. In addition, the artist will maintain and improve existing digital assets and develop new assets for marketing purposes, including website development and improvements.
The role offers the unique opportunity to assist in student development, researcher support, and deliver products to industry partners. This will no doubt be a diverse role involving collaboration with a variety of stakeholders, so an energetic, pro-active work attitude is most desirable.
Who You Are
You will have a Bachelor's Degree or equivalent qualification as well as significant experience in designing and illustrating games.
You will have demonstrated experience in game art techniques and game engines, such as GameMaker, Unity and Unreal. Additionally, you will have specialised knowledge in online gaming and Games UI, game logo creation, shot composition / framing as well as digital painting experience.
Substantial experience engaging with external stakeholders to achieve successful project outcomes and problem solving would be advantageous. Knowledge and competence in design and advanced interface software, as well as VR/AR/gaming technology and software, are beneficial.
As you will have the opportunity to work in a high-level research environment, you must be adaptive, highly motivated, and willing to participate in research projects that change frequently.
Who You Will Work With
The HIT Lab NZ - Hangarau Tangata, Tangata Hangarau is one of the world's leading research labs focused on human-centred design of interface technology to support people in all facets of their lives. We put the person first, and then apply an appropriate mix of technology for that person in the context of the tasks they are doing. The HIT Lab NZ is very international in flavour, and interdisciplinary in thought and approach.
We specialise in academic and industry-supported research related to Applied Immersive Gaming, AR/VR, and Human Robot Interaction. This wide ranging research is conducted by a diverse group of academic staff, postdoctoral researchers, and postgraduate students, all requiring a variety of art support. The majority of the current artist needs are in the field of Applied Immersive Gaming.
For more information on the HIT Lab NZ, please visit: http://www.hitlabnz.org
The University of Canterbury is committed to promoting a world-class learning environment through research and teaching excellence, and has a vision statement of "People Prepared to Make a Difference". You will have the opportunity to work alongside members of a diverse academic community and enrich your own professional and personal development.
For information about the range of benefits that UC offers, please visit us: http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/joinus
The University of Canterbury is an Equal Employment Opportunities (EEO) employer and we encourage diversity in our staffing profile. The University of Canterbury actively seeks to meet its obligation under the Treaty of Waitangi - Te Tiriti o Waitangi.
The University of Canterbury is located in Christchurch - the gateway to the South Island of New Zealand with easy access to the Southern Alps and renowned skiing, hiking, fishing, whale watching, mountain biking and other outdoor destinations and facilities to support a work-life-balance lifestyle.
The closing date for this position is: Sunday, 28 June 2020 (Midnight, NZ time)
How You Apply
Applications for this position must be submitted on our careers website and should include a cover letter and resume. Please note, we do not accept applications by email, however we are happy to answer your queries in relation to the application process, please forward these to WorkatUC@canterbury.ac.nz
You must have New Zealand or Australian Citizenship/Permanent Residency or a valid visa that allows you to work in New Zealand to be considered for this role.