I’m happy to announce that UC Santa Cruz is currently searching for four jobs in areas of computational media (and we expect to announce two more soon). Two of the currently-advertised positions are in Engineering and two are in Arts.
Generative Methods – Assistant Professor
Work with the Computational Media faculty (Katherine Isbister, Arnav Jhala, Sri Kurniawan, Michael Mateas, Marilyn Walker, Noah Wardrip-Fruin, and Jim Whitehead), staff, and students to bring together innovative technology research with practices of design and interpretation. Applicants should have an established research record in one or more aspects of generative methods, including (but not limited to): procedural content generation for games (levels, art assets, non-player character AI, virtual worlds, etc.), procedural generation of complete games or game-like experiences, computational creativity, procedural computer graphics techniques, mixed initiative creativity support systems, artificial life and artificial life based media experiences, computational cinematography, computational arts and crafts, parametric design, generative music for games or computational media experiences, procedural generation of language or narrative in media experiences.
Creative Director – MS in Games and Playable Media
Work with the CM faculty, MS Program Director Michael “MJ” John (formerly of GlassLab, EA, Sony), and MS staff to run a boutique degree program offering small classes where you can deeply engage students and their aspirations, and can have a strong impact on their creative and professional development. The Creative Director is expected to continue actively doing creative work in games, and have an active presence in the broad field.
Program Director – Associate Professor
The Digital Arts and New Media (DANM) MFA program seeks a tenured faculty member who will also serve as the DANM Program Director. Work with faculty from across the Arts (and across campus) and with program staff to guide this interdisciplinary graduate program into its second decade. We seek an established creative practitioner and/or scholar with an active research profile, international reputation, and extensive record of exhibition, performance, and/or publication. We welcome candidates with research expertise from a wide range of areas in digital arts and new media.
History of Digital Media – Assistant Professor
The History of Art and Visual Culture Department seeks a tenure-track Assistant Professor with expertise in the history and theory of one or more of the following areas: Internet culture, video games, digital imaging and design, social media, and related applications. Priority will be placed on hiring an interdisciplinary scholar who attends to the visual culture of digital media and analytically examines the social and historical contexts of its emergence. We welcome applications from scholars who specialize in any national or geographic area.
About the author: Noah Wardrip-Fruin is a Professor of Computational Media at UC Santa Cruz and the author of Expressive Processing: Digital Fictions, Computer Games, and Software Studies. Read more from this author