VEMI Student Positions


Research Assistant:

The Virtual Environment and Multimodal Interaction (VEMI) Laboratory at the University of Maine is currently seeking an Undergraduate Research Assistant. The VEMI Lab researches how current and emerging technology can be utilized to assist people in their daily lives. Current research focuses on topic areas such as spatial navigation, improving non-visual information access, and understanding how drivers interact with semiautonomous vehicles. The student filling this position will join, and work in collaboration with, various fields and disciplines. Undergraduate research assistants are expected to contribute to research projects in many ways. Typical responsibilities include:

  • Assisting in the recruitment and running of participants in experiments
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Summarizing results and assist in developing materials for the presentation of research
  • Attending research and lab meetings
  • Working in collaboration with other researchers in the conceptualization, design, development, and implementation of research projects
  • A general understanding of Stats and spss
  • Opportunities for inclusion on publications and attending of conferences
  • Must have minimum of 10-20 hours available per week.


Programing Developers:

We are looking for experienced modelers and coders who have an interest in mobile and/or virtual reality development. Primary preferred languages include C#, Swift, Android Studio, Javascript, or Python. More specialized languages like Ruby on Rails, Perl, or Processing would also be of interest. Proficiency is required in at least one of the following: Unity3D, Xcode.Additionally, students applying for this position should have an interest in learning new languages and software, and willing to spend time researching problems to better understand them. They must be willing to work in small groups, but also have enough self-motivation to work on solo projects. A working understanding of Android and IOS development is strongly preferred.


X-Dimensional Designers:

The Virtual Environment and Multimodal Interaction (VEMI) Laboratory is recruiting an 2D/3D/Audio designer. This candidate should be proficient in creating 3D models and 2D images as well as editing movies and audio. Common tasks will include (but are not limited to):Creating images for in-house and external publishing, designing virtual environments and modeling 3D objects with VR limitations in mind, designing UI elements for VR, AR, or mobile applications, creating short highlight videos for social media distribution, and creating/editing audio for a variety of VR and mobile applications. A general knowledge of Maya, Blender, Photoshop, Illustrator, Unity3D, and/or InDesign is recommended.


Writing Assistant:

The Virtual Environment and Multimodal Interaction (VEMI) Laboratory is recruiting a technical writer who can assist lab members in preparation, writing, formatting, and other tasks related to formal scientific write-ups of research, grant proposals, and white-papers describing lab activities. This person may also assist the publicity arm of the lab in writing new pieces and blurbs about our research. This position requires a person with clear and concise writing skills, who also have the ability to edit for both style and content. Students applying for this position should have the ability to do literature searches and to draft summaries of research papers, as part of this position involves generating background to be used in the development of scientific publications, competitive grant proposals, and foundation applications. In addition to an interest in technical writing, the ability for strong inter-personal communication and to collaborate with other lab researchers is important. We are looking for students who embrace curiosity and have a drive to learn and succeed as part of our culture. The successful applicant for this position will be an integral part of the lab’s mission to disseminate our findings and solutions, and this person will not only learn a lot about research, they will have the opportunity to co-author papers on which they take a substantive role.


Logistics Coordinator:

The VEMI Lab is looking for an Undergraduate student to fill the Logistic Coordinator position. This position is within the Lab and does not require prior programming knowledge. We are looking for someone who is organized, personable, has a good sense of design, above average writing skills, takes initiative, and is a creative problem solver; the Logistics Coordinator oversees the Lab calendar and equipment usage, assists VEMI faculty/staff with on off-campus communications, organizes public tours, and assists in professional collaborations. Applicants should also be familiar with all social media outlets (Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter) as well as a basic knowledge of WordPress, and MSOffice. Applying to this position means you have a willingness to learn, a desire to become part of a growing team, and a passion to improve upon yourself and others. This position works closely with the Director of Operations by acting as a link between the Director and the students working at VEMI. This job requires patience with daily tasks, and the ability to adapt in a creative and dynamic environment.Bonus Skills you might mention: grant writing, technical writing, programing, video editing, graphic design, marketing, engineering, acting, and possess a love or a strong desire to work in a virtual reality lab.


Public Relations Assistant:

We are looking for a student interested in managing our VEMI (virtual environment and multimodal interaction) Lab social media accounts and website presence. Social media managers should have a familiar understanding of how social media channels work and how to optimize content so that it is engaging on those channels. Your Job as the social media manager will be to generate, edit, publish and share daily content (original text, images, video or HTML) that builds meaningful connections and encourages community members to take action. Duties include: managing our Instagram, Facebook, and twitter pages. To be effective in this role, you must be able to stay updated (and in contact with)a team of students who work on our outreach videos. Our lab is a small research facility on campus, but we are looking for someone with the drive to help us develop a larger, more engaging social media presence. You will also assist in managing and updating the lab website, Print publications, and Media interviews. Part of this position also involves being the VEMI Tour Coordinator. In this capacity, you will schedule and conduct tours, prepare for incoming tours, monitor new demos for demonstrating in tours, marketing materials, or interactions with other Public relations outlets. To succeed in this position, you must have excellent people skills, as well as being able to work with computers to run demos. You should be comfortable with talking to everybody in the lab about their work and to communicate this information in a clear and understandable manner to a broad range of lab visitors, from school children to legislators. You will be the public face of the lab, so will need to know everything about us and what we are doing.

If you are interested in any of the VEMI positions please send an email with your attached Resumé or CV to Richard Corey at