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Vanderbilt University Digital Project Developer (Term Position) in Nashville, Tennessee

Digital Project Developer (Term Position) (Job Number: 1901098)


The Term Professional - Research Analyst is part of the Center for Digital Humanities at Vanderbilt University, and supports the Digital Cultural Heritage program, which harnesses expertise across multiple disciplines and schools at Vanderbilt to develop new digital methods for identifying, studying and preserving historic cultural expressions. This project connects humanistic research with emergent digital technologies for the creation and manipulation of 3-D models, immersive digital environments and complex databases and data formats capable of modeling the heterogeneous and complex forms of humanistic data.

The Research Analyst will work closely with faculty to develop 3D digital humanities. These projects include 3D digitization (scanning, modeling, photogrammetry) for preservation and research, creation of assets or environments for narrative based immersive environments, and experimental applications of novel 3D techniques (e.g. VR/AR or volumetric video).

The Vanderbilt Center for Digital Humanities was founded in 2016 with a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The Center for Digital Humanities aims to create a flourishing environment for innovative exploration at the intersection of digital technology and humanities research, by providing learning experiences, digital project support, and opportunities for intellectual collaboration. We are a technology lab, event venue, informal meeting space, and hub for a robust community of digital humanities inquiry and practice that reaches across and beyond the Vanderbilt University campus.

This is a full-time,non-exempt term position lasting six months up to one year.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Collaborate and support five different faculty, across a range of disciplines, on various digital projects and scholarly activity using digital tools.

  • Develop digital research projects in Cultural Heritage

  • Projects will include, but are not limited to:

o Photogrammetry and 3D Scanning

o CG Asset Creation

o Game Environment Development

o 3D Printing

o 3D Animation

  • Project maintenance

  • Disseminate and maintain projects in digital form

  • Other work and projects as assigned

NOTE: A Term position is a staffposition that exists for a period longer than six months but is not expected tolast beyond one year. Although a position may exist for a specified orindefinite period, staff who accept term positions are not guaranteed employmentfor the entire period; they are employed for indefinite periods within thelimit of the appointment. There are no guarantees of continued employment,either within the term or when the term ends.

Profile of an Ideal Candidate

  • A Bachelor’s degree, in a field relevant to the broad aims of the research cluster, from an accredited institution of higher education is necessary.

  • Experience with the many of the applications with 3D digital content creation is preferred.

  • Basic programming knowledge is necessary.

  • Knowledge of the following applications (or similar) is necessary: 3ds Max, CAD, Maya, Blender, cityEngine, Photoshop, Unity3D, Unreal, Zbrush as well as applications for photogrammetry, CG art, and additive printing.

About Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt is a renowned private institution founded in 1873 and located in the heart of Nashville, Tennessee. The university’s students, faculty, and frequently cite Nashville and the surrounding area as one of the many perks of being a part of Vanderbilt community. Vanderbilt University is a place where your expertise will be valued, your knowledge expanded, and your abilities challenged. It is a place where your diversity is sought and celebrated. It is a place where employees know they are part of something bigger than themselves, take exceptional pride in their work and never settle for what was good enough yesterday. Vanderbilt was recently ranked #1 in the Princeton Review among 382 top colleges and universities for “happiest students” - as well as #2 for “best quality of life” and “great financial aid,” #5 for “best run colleges” and “beautiful campus,” and #6 for both being in a “college city that students love” and having “great campus/city relations.”

About Vanderbilt Benefits

In addition to offering a lively community that encourages learning and celebrates diversity, Vanderbilt University offers a competitive, flexible benefits package including health, dental, vision, life, accidental death & dismemberment, disability insurance, paid time off, and a 403(b) retirement plan with employer match. Vanderbilt offers tuition assistance to employees, spouses and dependent children. Also, after five years of service, Vanderbilt will pay up to 55% of the tuition for up to three dependent children to earn a bachelor's degree. Learn more about Vanderbilt's benefits at VU Benefits Overview.

Commitment to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Vanderbilt University is committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff, and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our campus values.

Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

Primary Location: United States-Tennessee-Nashville

Organization: 12050 - Arts and Science: Student Services

Job: Limited Term Positions

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