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Digital Imagineer

Posted on Nov 12, 2021 by The Newt in Somerset

Somerset, United Kingdom
Immediate Start
£60k - £60k Annual

The Newt in Somerset

The Newt in Somerset has ancient woodland, historic gardens and far-reaching views. It is a unique destination with Hotel, Spa, Restaurants and a significant and fast-growing digital proposition; including interactive exhibitions and VR experiences. Take a tour of the gardens, deer park and cyder press, dine in the Garden Café and visit our farm shop; or follow us on Instagram, enjoy our weekly newsletter, delve into the video archive, take a virtual tour of our sister garden or shop online. With over 60,000 members, The Newt in Somerset is a vibrant and innovative attraction, animated throughout the seasons by special events, workshops and digital programmes.

Department Description

The Engineering Department looks after the bricks and mortar, vehicular assets and digital infrastructure of The Newt in Somerset. Alongside conducting scheduled and preventive maintenance activity, the department is engaged in furthering technological innovation. A crucial support and development leader for the wider estate.

Position Summary

We are looking for an ambitious, inquisitive and imaginative digital engineer, to engage and lead on the future development of VR and AR technology in our interactive museums and exhibits. We are looking for cutting edge software and hardware solutions to elevate our exhibitions and visitor experiences, so if you're a C++ expert with an in-depth knowledge of computer architecture, a love for solving novel problems from first principles, and an aptitude for optimization, you'll thrive in our collaborative environment.

The role will present opportunities to:

  • Travel the world to absorb the emerging technology and contextualise it to the environment here at The Newt
  • Conceptualise events at a high level, outlining the theme and desired impact to educate, engage and wow our guests and visitors
  • Work with a unique team to explore the art of the possible and deliver world leading exhibitions
  • Engage and work with external consultants to specify, round out and deliver the vision of The Newt
  • Remain completely current and synthesis the newest trends in digital experience indoor / outdoor globally

About you:

  • You're up to date on the newest trends and technology in indoor and outdoor experiences
  • You have experience with using cutting edge technology to make digital experiences demonstrably better
  • You have an eye for detail, and can think about the best user experience from the micro and macro perspectives
  • You know where it's appropriate to use wow factor, and when subtlety is better
  • You have a keen understanding of demographics, and what appeals to different groups and why
  • You can clearly articulate ideas through the use of multiple mediums

What we will give you:

  • A salary and package based upon experience
  • The opportunity to work in an amazing place
  • Build experience with the team that built a number of world-renowned venues
  • Opportunity to travel worldwide to fact find and engage with the best digital interactive experiences out there

Skills and Experience

  • BSc degree (Min 2:1) in Computer Science or related field
  • Knowledge of the fundamentals of computer architecture, including CPU data caching, SIMD instruction sets, and compiler code generation
  • Problem solving and optimization experience
  • Experience with communication and working across disciplines to drive solutions
  • Knowledge of 3D graphics
  • Knowledge of game engines such as Unreal
  • Experience with sensor fusion
  • MATLAB experience
  • Robotics experience
  • a keen handle on near touch user experience
  • Understands the hook, and a quality user experience

Key Responsibilities:

  • Analyse, evaluate, design, develop, integrate, debug and test real-time advanced digital exhibits and user experiences.
  • Collaborate in a team environment across multiple scientific and engineering disciplines, making the architectural trade-offs required to rapidly deliver digital technologies.
  • Learn constantly, educate others, dive into new areas with unfamiliar technologies, and embrace the ambiguity of digital architecture problem solving.

Benefits: Excellent Benefits package available from day one including:

  • Exceptional working environment, fresh estate grown meal provided each day
  • Annual Performance Bonus
  • 15% online shop discount and free delivery
  • 30% discount in the shops across the estate
  • 30% discount at restaurants across the estate
  • 30% discount on Newt cyder and Babylonstoren wine
  • 50% discount in the Spa
  • Discounted hotel stays for staff
  • Family pass to access the estate
  • Family Events 3 times per year
  • Access to internal/external training qualifications and programmes
  • Cross Training and career development opportunities

Reference: 1397046084

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