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Title:  Interactive 3D Developer

Requisition ID:  20901

Hammond, IN, US

Date:  Sep 11, 2022

Overview of Interactive 3D Developer

Center for Innovation Through Visualization and Simulation (CIVS), established in 2009, is a multidisciplinary research center which applies cutting-edge simulation and visualization technologies to solve real-world problems with academic, industry, and community partners. With its missions in innovation, application, and education, CIVS is globally recognized for its innovative approaches to developing solutions to complex problems. CIVS, in collaboration with more than 160 organizations, has made significant educational and economic impacts. CIVS also serves as a showcase for the NWI region, highlighting the region's commitment to innovation, cutting-edge technologies, collaboration, high-quality work, and real-world problem solving.


The Interactive 3D Developer will perform research for both CIVS and Steel Manufacturing Simulation and Visualization Consortium (SMSVC); work with Purdue Northwest researchers and collaborators from other institutions and industry to utilize visualization techniques and technologies for research, education, and application to real world problems. Major activities would include 3D model design, development and support for advanced visualization tools, mentoring graduate students and research projects; supporting CIVS hardware and software technologies and interactive techniques; researching and integrating emerging technologies into existing workflows; and supporting activities involving advanced scientific visualization, virtual reality, augmented reality, and related technologies.


Preference will be given to candidates who have experience in technical proposal writing, strong communication skills, and managing teams of graduate students. Also preferred are a strong publication record and excellent programming skills. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work and collaborate with a multi-disciplinary team of researchers and engineers, in addition to experts from the manufacturing field with decades of experience.


Applicants should have well-documented experience with Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning methodologies, with previous experience handling data analytics for large-scale data sets preferred.

Duties and Responsibilities of Interactive 3D Developer

  • Design and implement 3D models (including 3D modeling, texturing, and implementation in a modern game engine environment) for assets in interactive training tools and other visualization software developed at CIVS
  • Evaluate new approaches, software tools, and technologies to enhance user capabilities
  • Develop new techniques and software for virtual reality, augmented reality, and related technologies
  • Assist in the development, configuration, operation, and support of CIVS facilities
  • Create presentations on research findings and recommendations for submission
  • Present results to business constituents and industrial partners and project sponsors
  • Write research papers for submission to professional journals and give presentations at conferences.
  • Develop and provide workshops for CIVS staff and students as needed
  • Perform research in the visualization focus areas of the SMSVC and individual CIVS research projects.
  • Support monthly project technical meetings, review semi-annual presentations & reports, and contribute technical expertise in cutting-edge visualization techniques and technologies to ongoing research
  • Travel to SMSVC member facilities and present technical results of projects to industrial research teams to disseminate information and gather feedback
  • Contribute to supervision of industrially-supported projects
  • Additionally, formulate project focus areas and mentor undergraduate senior design groups in their work on 4th year capstone projects with direct applications to industry

Benefits of Interactive 3D Developer

  • Full benefits – Medical, Dental, Vision, Short Term Disability, Retirement, Life Insurance and more
  • Accrue 15 days’ vacation your first year, then 22 days’ vacation your 2nd year plus rollover
  • University contribution of 10% to retirement (3 year waiting period)
  • University contributions to Health Savings Account –
    • Plus a chance to earn more through participating in University Wellness Initiatives
  • 10 paid holidays
  • Employee Wellness Programs
  • Paid Parental Leave after one year of service
  • Tuition remission for you, your spouse and dependent children at any Purdue campus

For more information on our excellent benefit package, please visit:

Purdue University Northwest (PNW) is a premier metropolitan university dedicated to empowering transformational change in our students and in our community. We offer two campuses serving approximately 8,800 undergraduate and graduate students. At PNW, we value academic excellence, support growth, and celebrate diversity.

PNW sits between Chicago’s skyscrapers and Lake Michigan’s sandy shores.  You can have all the perks of a world-class city just a short drive away or enjoy the natural beauty of the Indiana Dunes National Park and Lake Michigan just 15 miles away.

Education of Interactive 3D Developer

  • An earned B.S. or M.S. Degree in Computer Engineering, Computer Graphics, Computer Science or other related field is required

Experience of Interactive 3D Developer

  • One year of experience in 3D visualization and programming, specifically 3D modeling, texturing, and experience with modern game engines such as Unity 3D.
  • Experience working with virtual reality, augmented reality, or related technologies is preferred.
  • Graduate research work counts towards year of experience.  

Core Competencies of Interactive 3D Developer

  • Applicants should have extensive experience in 3D visualization and programming, specifically 3D modeling, texturing, and experience with modern game engines such as Unity 3D.
  • Examples of work and previous projects may be requested and portfolio examples are encouraged in applications.
  • Applicants must demonstrate strong writing and communication skills, the ability to function in a team environment with other researchers, and at least some experience with technical writing.
  • Knowledge of photography/videography, photo/video editing, User Interface development, website editing and development, databases, digital twins, and game development are a plus.

Additional Information

Professional references will be verified prior to any offer of employment. Employment is contingent upon completion of successful background check along with a motor vehicle records check if applicable.


Purdue University Northwest is an EEO/AA employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce.  All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

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