Job description

The Visualisation and Graphics Group at the Department of Information and Computing Sciences at Utrecht University offers a fully funded five-year PhD position in Perceptual Computer Graphics. As a PhD candidate, you conduct independent high-quality research resulting in a doctoral dissertation. The research will focus on the visual appearance and perception of materials, shapes, and lighting in computer-generated imagery, with applications in modelling, rendering, and display technologies. Examples of specific research topics within this scope include:

  • the perception-informed development of shading models;
  • image-based or neural rendering techniques;
  • material retargeting for display systems or viewing conditions.

You are also invited to contribute your own ideas and propositions to the specific topic. This position includes 70% research and 30% teaching-related duties in the Bachelor’s and/or Master’s programmes of the Department.


We encourage you to apply if you have a proven interest, motivation, and enthusiasm for independent and team-based scientific research. Next to that we would like you to bring:

  • a Master’s degree in Computer Science or equivalent, and an ability and willingness to learn new skills as required for the PhD project;
  • experience with computer graphics-related math and programming, including ray tracing and rasterisation, shading, image processing, parallel programming, and artificial intelligence/deep learning;
  • experience with a number of relevant programming languages and libraries (e.g., C/C++, OpenGL with GLSL, DirectX with HLSL and DXR, CUDA, Python with TensorFlow/PyTorch);
  • experience with user study/experiment design and statistical analysis for qualitative and quantitative methods;
  • excellent spoken and written English communication skills and interpersonal skills.


We offer:

  • a position for 5 years (1.0 FTE);
  • a full-time gross salary that starts at €2,541 and increases to €3,247 per month (scale P of the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities (CAO));
  • 8% holiday bonus and 8.3% end-of-year bonus;
  • a pension scheme, partially paid parental leave, and flexible employment conditions external link based on the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities.

In addition to the employment conditions laid down in the CAO for Dutch Universities, Utrecht University has several of its own arrangements. For example, there are agreements on professional development, leave arrangements and sports. We also give you the opportunity to expand your terms of employment via the Employment Conditions Selection Model. This is how we like to encourage you to continue to grow. For more information, please visit working at the Faculty of Science 

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About the organisation

You will join the Visualisation and Graphics 

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 group at the Department of Information and Computing Sciences 

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At the Faculty of Science 

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, there are 6 departments to make a fundamental connection with: Biology, Chemistry, Information and Computing Sciences, Mathematics, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Physics. Each of these is made up of distinct institutes that work together to focus on answering some of humanity’s most pressing problems. More fundamental still are the individual research groups – the building blocks of our ambitious scientific projects. Find out more about the Faculty of Science 

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Utrecht University 

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 is a friendly and ambitious university at the heart of an ancient city. We love to welcome new scientists to our city – a thriving cultural hub that is consistently rated as one of the world’s happiest cities. We are renowned for our innovative interdisciplinary research and our emphasis on inspirational research and excellent education. We are equally well-known for our informal atmosphere and the can-do mentality of our people. This lively and inspiring academic environment attracts professors, researchers, and PhD candidates from all over the globe, making both the University and the Faculty of Science a vibrant international and wonderfully diverse community.

Additional information

If you have any questions about this position, please contact Peter Vangorp 

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Do you have a question about the application procedure? Then please send an email to


Everyone deserves to feel at home at our university. We welcome employees with a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives. If you have the expertise and the experience to excel in this role, then simply respond via the ‘apply’ button!

Please enclose:

  • a motivation letter of no more than two pages, including your interests, ideas, and plans for the specific topic you would like to research;
  • a complete and up-to-date curriculum vitae with detailed academic records and qualifications, and a list of publications or a link to an online portfolio of projects if applicable;
  • copies of academic transcripts or a list of courses taken and grades;
  • the contact details of at least two references.

If this specific opportunity isn’t for you, but you know someone else who may be interested, please forward this vacancy to them.

Some connections are fundamental – Be one of them

The application deadline is 26 August 2022.



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