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Virtual Reality Developer Specialist, Libraries


Virtual Reality Developer Specialist, Libraries




University of Nevada, Reno - Main Campus


The University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) appreciates your interest in employment at our growing institution. We want your application process to go smoothly and quickly. Final applications must be submitted prior to the close of the recruitment.


If you need assistance or have questions regarding the application process, please contact our recruitment helpline at (775) 784-1495 or For UNR Med professional job postings, please contact the Office of Professional Recruitment at (775) 784-6778.


Job Description


The University of Nevada, Reno Libraries seeks a collaborative and user-centered Virtual Reality (VR) Developer Specialist to provide creative input, development, and support regarding the design and production of VR/AR/Mixed Reality (XR) projects. The VR Specialist will need a strong foundation in computer programming and the use of gaming engines to create educational and informative VR applications that help strengthen the library's position as a leader in academic XR technologies. This position will lead in the programming and development of XR experiences with a heavy emphasis on digital preservation and virtual display of real-world objects, artifacts, and spaces into immersive and interactive environments.


The Specialist will assist others in the form of consultations, trainings and demonstrations for campus clients seeking to utilize these innovative technologies in instruction, research, and outreach applications. The Libraries value excellent oral and written communication skills, a strong service orientation, a willingness to experiment with new methods and technologies, and a collaborative approach to meeting user needs. This position reports to the Director of mailto:@One Digital Media Technologies.


The ideal candidate is expected to:


• Lead VR /XR development and programming for various virtual projects headed by the Libraries


• Collaborate with all members of the mailto:@One Digital Media Team.


• Establish protocols for VR/XR development best practices within the department


• Act as lead programming consultant with internal and external stakeholders to conceptualize and review a project's technical feasibility of expected deliverables while assisting with setting and meeting timelines.


• Develop using Unreal, Unity or equivalent gaming engine using C++/Blueprint Visual Scripting and/or C# to program, integrate acquired assets, build virtual environments, and optimize the application for VR playback and end-user experience.


• Work effectively with faculty, staff, and students from diverse communities and cultures.


• Serve as active manager for Dataworks labs including first line of user support in the software and hardware associated with the lab, coordination with IT for semester refresh/reimages schedules, suggest install of applications and hardware to meet campus users' needs and fulfill university goals.


• Assist in the build, design, and maintenance for existing and future VR kiosks around the University Libraries and community


• Lead in the maintenance, hardware consultations and student worker training for @Reality (@One's Virtual Reality Lab)


Required qualifications


Bachelor's Degree and two (2) years of related work experience or a Master's Degree and one (1) year of related work experience.


Related experience includes:


• Computer Science, Information Technology, Digital Media or related field or related experience


• Design and production of interactive media, virtual reality projects, or other relevant multimedia experience or related experience


• Experience in C++/Blueprint Visual Scripting, C#, or other relevant programming language or related experience


• Experience with Unreal, Unity, or equivalent gaming engines or related experience


• Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion or related experience


Preferred qualifications


• Flexibility in new and emerging technologies


• Work effectively in a collaborative environment


• Communicate complex subjects in an easily understood and compelling manner


• Knowledge of Virtual Reality technology, hardware and software capabilities, concepts, workflows, and theories


• Understanding of best practices for the development of ADA/accessible XR applications


• Strong understanding of 3D object creation and manipulation of industry standard 3D applications (Blender, Maya etc.)


• Lab management protocols and IT policies to ensure positive end user experience and university compliance needs are met.


• Knowledge of Programming Languages C#, C++


• Proficiency in Gaming Engine Development using Unity and/or Unreal


• Strong understanding of 3D object creation and manipulation of industry standard 3D applications (Blender, Maya etc.)


No perfect candidate exists, please apply even if you don't meet all preferred requirements.


Schedule or Travel Requirements


Occasional Travel


Salary & Benefits


Salary minimum is $68,000. This is a full-time, administrative faculty position at a Compensation Grade B. To view the salary schedule for this position, please visit: and select Administrative Faculty by Grade. Salary is competitive and commensurate with related education and experience. Competitive benefits package includes 24 vacation days plus state and federal holidays per year and tuition benefits for self and family. No state income tax. For more information, please visit:


Faculty Dual Career Assistance Program


The University of Nevada, Reno recognizes the importance of addressing dual-career couples' professional needs. We offer a dual career assistance program to newly hired faculty spouses/partners that provides resources and assists them to identify career opportunities in Northern Nevada.


About the University Libraries


The University Libraries has been a cornerstone of the University since it was founded in 1874. Today it encompasses a blend of cutting-edge research facilities and services, including the state-of-the-art Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center (main library), Special Collections and University Archives, DeLaMare Science and Engineering Library, Jon Bilbao Basque Library, and mailto:@One Digital Media and Technology Center. The University Libraries fulfills its mission to further intellectual inquiry and innovation; partner with students and faculty in the creation of new knowledge; and foster excellence in education through providing access to scholarly resources, active learning environments, cutting-edge technology, and knowledgeable assistance, all with an underlying core focus on


Contact Information


Daniel Fergus, Search Chair & Interim Director of mailto:@One | 





Full-Time Equivalent



Required Attachment(s)


Please note, once you submit your application the only attachment/s viewable to you will be the attachment/s to the resume/CV section of the application. Any additional required attachment/s to the cover letter, references, additional documents sections of the application, will not be viewable to you after you submit your application. All uploaded attachment/s will be on the application for the committee to review.


Attach the following attachments to your application


1) Resume/CV


2) Cover Letter


3) Contact Information for Three Professional References


4) In a separate word document, provide multiple examples of professional work with a brief description of your role in the project and links to relevant content, if available.


5) Please write a brief statement (one page maximum) about how you would contribute toward our mission of creating a culturally inclusive environment in the role for which you are applying.


This posting is open until filled


Qualified individuals are encouraged to apply immediately. This search will close without notice when a sufficient number of applications are received or a hiring decision has been made.


Posting Close Date


Note to Applicant


A background check will be conducted on the candidate(s) selected for hire.


HR will attempt to verify academic credentials upon receipt of hiring documents. If the academic credentials cannot be verified, HR will notify the faculty member that an official transcript of their highest degree must be submitted within thirty days of the faculty member's first day of employment.


References will be contacted at the appropriate phase of the recruitment process.


Applicants hired on a federal contract may be subject to E-Verify.


As part of the hiring process, applicants for positions in the Nevada System of Higher Education may be required to demonstrate the ability to perform job-related tasks.


For positions that require driving, evidence of a valid driver's license will be required at the time of employment and as a condition of continued employment.


Schedules are subject to change based on organizational needs.


University of Nevada, Reno


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Founded in 1874, the University of Nevada, Reno is the State of Nevada’s land grant institution with a statewide mission and presence. The University of Nevada, Reno is a Carnegie I Research Institution and has been recognized as a “Top Tier” Best National University by U.S. News & World Report. With an enrollment of nearly 21,000 students we offer 145 Tier 1 accredited degree programs. Located in the picturesque Truckee Meadows the University of Nevada, Reno is surrounded by numerous state and national parks, is 45 minutes from beautiful Lake Tahoe, and four hours from San Francisco.


The University of Nevada, Reno recognizes that diversity promotes excellence in education and research. We are an inclusive and engaged community and recognize the added value that students, faculty, and staff from different backgrounds bring to the educational experience.


The Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) is committed to providing a place of work and learning free of discrimination on the basis of a person’s age, disability, whether actual or perceived by others (including service-connected disabilities), gender (including pregnancy related conditions), military status or military obligations, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin, race, or religion.


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