Visiting Scholar, Virtual Reality Lab

Rowan University

Position Overview:

Rowan University, a top 100 national public research institution, offers a comprehensive range of bachelor’s through doctoral and professional programs to 22,000 students through its main campus in Glassboro, New Jersey, as well as online. Recognized nationally for its innovation, commitment to high-quality and affordable education, and strong public-private partnerships, Rowan University is expanding its Virtual Reality (VR) initiatives as a learning platform.

With the rapid growth in campus projects, and investments in Virtual Reality as a learning platform, the need for a dedicated Game Developer has been highlighted.

The need for a dedicated professional has arisen to support these growing initiatives. The Immersive Experience Developer and Operations Assistant will play a pivotal role in developing and implementing Dreamscape VR content using the Unity engine, Dreamscape SDK and C#. This position will also entail assisting with the management and support of the free-roam and seated VR stations available at the South Jersey Technology Park and Campbell Library.

Responsibilities:
Immersive Experience Development:

  • Develop interactive and immersive courses into virtual reality using the Dreamscape SDK, Unity and C#.
  • Collaborate with the narrative, visualization and storyboard team to implement immersive VR experiences.
  • Implement C# code for networked multi-user VR environments, ensuring seamless and synchronized experiences.
  • Design and implement game design features for both Seated and Free- Roam Dreamscape.
  • Debug and optimize existing code for better performance and user experience.

Pod Operations:

  • Assist with the technical elements of Dreamscape Learn immersive spaces, diagnosing technical issues, submitting and diagnosing issues through support tickets.
  • Work with Dreamscape Learn to diagnose, troubleshoot and fix technical pod issues through their support portal.
  • Assist with training of student pod operators and supervise student pod operators.

Essential Duties:

  • Assist with supervising teams of student pod operator employees.
  • Troubleshoot VR equipment and engage the DSL Technical Support Help Desk when necessary.
  • Swap out defective equipment and handle the RMA process with external vendors.
  • Perform regular testing and maintenance of all VR pods and equipment.
  • Assist students and faculty with the utilization of pod technology for VR development projects or other projects using Dreamscape Learn technology.
  • Ensure appropriate opening and closing of the Dreamscape Learn facility.

Qualifications:

  • Enrollment in or completion of a Master’s degree in engineering or a related field.
  • Proficiency in Unity and C# for game development (3+ years experience).
  • Developing VR content for Meta Quest, HTC Vive, and Valve Index HMDs and environments (3+ years).
  • Demonstrated experience in providing operational leadership and excellent service.
  • 3+ years experience working with large-scale networked VR systems.
  • Strong leadership and communication skills, with the ability to manage tech needs and lead teams.
  • Proven ability to work independently and troubleshoot technical issues effectively.
  • Experience working with and managing student employees.

Note:

  • Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the USA as the university is unable to sponsor an applicant for a work visa for this position.