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PhD - Tangible molecular interface and augmented reality for molecular science and rational drug design (M/F)

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Date Limite Candidature : vendredi 3 juin 2022

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General information

Reference : UMR9015-NICFER-001
Workplace : ST AUBIN
Date of publication : Friday, May 13, 2022
Scientific Responsible name : Nicolas Férey
Type of Contract : PhD Student contract / Thesis offer
Contract Period : 36 months
Start date of the thesis : 1 October 2022
Proportion of work : Full time
Remuneration : 2 135,00 € gross monthly

Description of the thesis topic

We propose to design, develop and evaluate a 3D interactive environment for molecular biology and rational drug design, combining tangible molecular interface and augmented reality. The aim is to augment a tangible molecular interface, with augmented reality features directly displayed on a modular, articulated, wireless and markerless physical molecular model. The main issue is to provide robust 6-degrees-of-freedom tracking of this tangible interface, in order to display in interactive time augmented reality features directly on the physical model during its construction and manipulation. The objective is to be able to benefit from the advantages of tangible interfaces in terms of direct interaction to build and manipulate molecules that intrinsically have many degrees of freedom, while offering at the same time the advantages of visualization, allowing dynamic management of the displays, adding new molecular components, changing its visual representation modes, and to provide innovative interactive and collaborative workspace dedicated to molecular biology and drug design.

Work Context

The work will be carried out on the campus of the University of Paris Saclay in Orsay at the “Laboratoire Interdisciplinaire Pour les Sciences du Numérique”, in the “VENISE" Virtual and Augmented Reality research team. This work will be led in the context of molecular science and rational drug design. This project is funded by the French National Research Agency (ANR PIRATE 2021) led by Antoine Taly at Laboratoire de Biochimie Théorique. The partners of this project have multidisciplinary research background including computer science, electronics, molecular biology and pharmacy.

Constraints and risks

Applicants with a Master's degree or equivalent in Computer Science with excellent academic results. Practical experience and a good level in computer development (C++/C#) and 3D modelling and/or interaction is required. Basic knowledge in molecular biology would be appreciated.

Additional Information

This Ph.D is funded by the French National Research Agency (ANR PIRATE 21).

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