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Lecturer or Senior Lecturer in CGI and Visual Effects

School of Digital, Technologies and Arts

Location:  Stoke campus
Salary:   £34,804 to £49,553 Per Annum (Dependent Upon Experience)
Tenure:  Full time Permanent
Release Date:  Friday 16 April 2021
Closing Date:   Saturday 15 May 2021
Reference:  DTA20-22R

Who is Staffordshire University? 

Staffordshire University is an award-winning institution with over 100 years’ experience in delivering excellent higher education. Our main Stoke-on-Trent campus is located in the heart of the UK, with Centres of Excellence located in the towns of Stafford and Shrewsbury.

After a highly successful year in 2019, which included entering THE World University rankings for the first time, securing TEF Gold, and climbing in all the league tables, our University has constantly expanded its physical presence through new and industry-leading building developments and facilities. Looking towards our 2030 strategy, we are now transforming specific business processes to improve the student experience and integrate a wider feeling of inclusion and safety for our on-campus community.

About the role

Staffordshire University is a leading University in the UK, with an exciting portfolio of courses, which comprise of a range of highly successful undergraduate and postgraduate programmes delivered on-campus. Our CGI and Visual Effects degree is optimised for students wishing to learn the creative and technical skills required to produce awe-inspiring special visual effects. You would be joining a team of over 60 specialist academics within the department across the fields of games art, concept art, animation, programming, games design, esports and more.

The course has a long-standing reputation in industry, with graduates securing careers across film, television, games and advertising. For the past 3 years, the course has received 100% Overall Satisfaction on the National Student Survey and is recognised by SideFX as a certified Houdini training institution. We take pride in teaching our students to the highest standards of visual effects, both in the software skills such as Nuke or Houdini, but also in filmmaking and pipeline tool development.

Our students enjoy access to top-tier facilities, including a 24 camera motion capture stage, digital cinema cameras (and associated grip and lighting), a 400 node render farm and VPN access to all required software for their use off site. We also have a dedicated team of technical instructors who specialise in the teaching of equipment and software across cameras, recording studios, scanning facilities and more.

The University is ideally positioned in the centre of Stoke-on-Trent, alongside the mainline railway station which offers direct links to both hubs of the creative industries – Manchester and London - right from the doorstep.

We are seeking an enthusiastic, passionate and talented candidate to join the Department of Animation and Visual Effects.

We are looking for experienced candidates in VFX who have demonstrable excellence in a number of VFX skills ideally including the following:

  • Matchmoving and Layout
  • Photogrammetry
  • Colour Science
  • Compositing in Nuke
  • HDR Panorama creation
  • Pipeline Scripting In Python
  • 3D Asset Creation in Maya or Houdini
  • Art Theory
  • Cinema and Stills Camera Operation
  • Demonstrate the ability to teach the VFX and asset production pipeline, along with appropriate design considerations/theory to students. 

Additional Desirable Skills and Experience:

Teaching in a Further or Higher Education setting

On set work e.g. VFX Supervision, Shoot TD, DIT, etc

You would be expected to engage with enterprise activity, as well as developing your individual research and university research profiles. We would also like you to contribute to engagement with schools, colleges and recruitment activities. We ensure the success of our courses through constant meaningful collaboration with the VFX industry, which you will be a part of.

You will be joining a blended teaching environment delivering a variety of online and face to face lectures, classes and tutorials.

In return for your dedication we have a competitive benefits package available

  • Competitive incremental rates of Pay
  • Starting from 29 days Annual Leave (depending on job grade) plus 11 days Bank Holiday and Discretionary days
  • Excellent Pension Scheme
  • Access to continued professional and personal development
  • An opportunity to become part of the wider University community
  • Access to an Employee Assistance Programme
  • Discounted Health & Fitness Facilities on site at the Stoke Campus
  • Discounted Travel by Rail or Bus, with the option of season tickets loans
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Further details:

Staffordshire University is committed to promoting and enabling a positive culture where staff, students and visitors are confident to be their authentic selves. We focus on inclusion as a way to ensure equality of opportunity for all our people and to demonstrate our commitment to Equality, Diversity and Human Rights.

We promote applications from all sections of the community, regardless of background, belief or identity, recognising the benefits a diverse organisation can bring for the University. 

We particularly encourage applications from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people, who are currently under-represented in the University workforce.

To apply, you will be required to complete an online application form and submit a copy of your CV quoting the relevant reference number for the role you are applying for.

Please note: All correspondence at each stage of the process for employment within Staffordshire University will be sent to you via the email address you applied from, please ensure you check your emails regularly. Please check your junk / spam email folders for any further communication from us.


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