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[JOB / TEACHING] Interactive Information Visualization, Faculty of Fine Arts at York University

York  University
Faculty  of  Fine  Arts
Canada  Research  Chair  (Tier  2)  in  -­‐  Interactive  Information  Visualization

The  Faculty  of  Fine  Arts  at  York  University  invites  applications  for  a  tenure-­‐track
position  in  the  area  of  Interactive  Information  Visualization  at  the  Assistant
Professor  or  Associate  Professor  level  with  a  Canada  Research  Chair  (Tier  2)
appointment  to  commence  on  July  1,  2014.  One  of  North  America’s  leading  schools
for  the  arts,  The  Faculty  of  Fine  Arts  offers  undergraduate  and  graduate  degree
programs  in  Dance,  Design,  Digital  Media,  Film,  Music,  Theatre  and  Visual  Arts.

This  pan-­‐faculty  position  will  attract  a  well-­‐established,  hybrid  research-­‐practitioner
with  an  innovative  programme  of  research,  critical  engagement  and  technology
development  in  the  area  of  interactive  information  visualization,  across  the
knowledge  domains  of  the  visual  arts,  media,  performance  and  design  and  often
engages  collaborations  with  computer  science  and  engineering.  The  successful
candidate  will  have  demonstrable  expertise  in  one  or  more  of  the  following:  abstract
visual  representations  of  data  from  complex  systems,  real-­‐time  algorithmic  video
and  animation,  data-­‐mining,  interactive  narrative  and  machinima,  stereo  3D
visualization,  design  for  virtual  environments,  interactive  environmental  installation,
sensing  and  control  systems,  telematics,  user  interface  design,  massive  multi-­‐user
systems,  large  scale  projection  and  tangible  interfaces  for  media  rich  environments.

Linked  to  the  new  University  Strategic  Research  Plan,  which  identifies  Digital
Cultures  as  a  compelling  opportunity  for  development  by  pushing  “technological
boundaries  while  critically  investigating  the  social  and  cultural  impacts”  of  new
technologies  on  human  activity  and  interaction.  The  successful  candidate  will  play
an  active  role  in,  Sensorium:  Centre  for  Digital  Arts  and  Technology  Research,  a  new
research  unit  based  in  the  Faculty  of  Fine  Arts  <>.

The  successful  candidate  will  have  a  PhD  or  equivalent  in  the  areas  of  Digital  Media,
Design,  Interactive  Arts,  Visual  Arts,  or  a  related  Fine  Arts  or  Computer  Science
discipline,  an  outstanding  research  record,  demonstrated  excellence  or  the  potential
for  excellence  in  teaching,  and  must  be  eligible  for  prompt  appointment  to  the
Faculty  of  Graduate  Studies.  The  candidate  is  expected  to  provide  leadership  by
fostering  collaborative  research,  securing  external  funding,  making  links  across  art,
computer  science  and  engineering,  and  generating  national  and  international
academic,  community  and  industry  partnerships.  The  Chairholder  will  be  placed  in
a  Department(s)  which  most  closely  reflects  their  experience.

This  appointment  is  subject  to  approval  by  the  CRC  program  review  process.  The
Canada  Research  Chairs  program  was  established  by  the  Government  of  Canada  to
enable  Canadian  universities  to  achieve  the  highest  levels  of  research  excellence  in

the  global,  knowledge-­‐based  economy.  Tier  2  Chairs  have  five-­‐year  terms,  are
renewable  once,  and  are  intended  for  exceptional  emerging  researchers  (fewerthan
10  years  post  terminal  degree)  who  have  the  acknowledged  potential  to  lead  their
field  of  research.  Information  about  the  CRC  program  can  be  found  at

York  University  offers  a  world-­‐class,  interdisciplinary  academic  experience  in
Toronto,  Canada’s  most  multicultural  city.  York  is  a  centre  of  innovation,  with  a
thriving  community  of  almost  60,000  faculty,  staff,  and  students  who  change  the
ordinary  and  deliver  the  unexpected.  <>

All  York  University  positions  are  subject  to  budgetary  approval.  York  University  is  an
Affirmative  Action  Employer.  The  Affirmative  Action  Program  can  be  found  on  York’s
website  at  <>  or  a  copy  can  be  obtained  by  calling  the
affirmative  action  office  at  +1  416  736-­‐5713.  All  qualified  candidates  are  encouraged
to  apply;  however,  Canadian  citizens  and  Permanent  Residents  will  be  given  priority.

Applicants  should  submit  a  detailed  CV,  statement  of  contribution  to  research  and
teaching,  links  to  scholarly  and/or  creative  work,  and  three  letters  of  reference.
The  deadline  for  receipt  of  applications  is  December  06,  2013.

Applications  should  be  sent  to:

Jim  Fenton
Secretary,  FFA  CRC  Search  Committee
York  University
Faculty  of  Fine  Arts,  GCFA  201
4700  Keele  Street
Toronto,  ON  M3J  1P3

Tel:    +1  416  736-­‐2100  x  20033