[Ieee_vis_open_positions] Assistant Professor in Visual Analytics, School of Interactive Arts + Technology

Chris Shaw shaw at sfu.ca
Tue Jan 8 02:33:05 CET 2013

Assistant Professor in Visual Analytics
School of Interactive Arts + Technology
Position Type: Tenure Track
Closing Date: January 15, 2013


Applicants for this tenure-track position should have a teaching and research focus on Visual Analytics, defined as the science of analytical reasoning facilitated by interactive visual interfaces. We are seeking individuals with a strong potential for research and scholarship, with particular interests in Information Design, Human-Information Interaction, or Information Visualisation. Applicants should have the terminal degree in their discipline (normally a Ph.D.) in the field relevant to Visual Analytics.

SFU is internationally known as a leader in visual analytics. Visual analytics research in SIAT is concentrated in Visual Analytics Research Lab and SCIENCE Lab. SIAT researchers are at the core of the Vancouver Institute for Visual Analytics (VIVA), jointly founded by SFU and UBC and hosted by SFU, which provides support for collaboration in VA across universities in BC. VIVA affiliates bridge fundamental cognitive and vision science research with advanced software development in applications that include scientific research, advanced manufacturing, aircraft safety, public health, financial risk, and emergency management. With support from the Boeing Company, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, and Western Economic Diversification Canada, VIVA has been a leader in promoting visual analytics across Canada and is working with industrial sponsors to establish a national aerospace research consortium.

SIAT is a vibrant, multidisciplinary program connecting computing, media and design. SIAT’s teaching and research draw upon fields ranging from media arts, electronic games, design and information technology. SIAT offers degrees at a bachelor, master and doctoral level, and is the home of the SFU Visual Analytics graduate certificate program. The School currently enrolls about 800 undergraduates and approximately 120 graduate students, some 65 of whom are at the doctoral level. SIAT is located in purpose-built, state-of-the-art classrooms and laboratories at SFU’s Surrey campus.

Simon Fraser University at Surrey is the University’s newest campus located in the greater Vancouver region of British Columbia. The area is home to Canada’s cultural and entertainment industry and much of its digital media production. The region’s rich cultural, natural and intellectual resources make it one of the world’s most desirable places to live and work. SIAT works as a unit of the Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology (FCAT), which additionally includes the School of Communication, The School of Contemporary Arts, The Master of Publishing Program and the Master’s in Digital Media Program (MDM).


Candidates should have teaching experience at the undergraduate level and have high potential for instructional innovation. Tenure track faculty are expected to develop research programmes that attract external funding and should be responsive to interdisciplinary collaboration with faculty and graduate students. All SIAT faculty must have a high degree of technological literacy regardless of their disciplinary background.

How to Apply

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Simon Fraser University is committed to employment equity and encourages applications from all qualified men and women, including visible minorities, aboriginal peoples, and persons with disabilities. The successful candidate will begin work on 1 September 2013.

Applications will be received until 15 January 2013. All appointments are subject to budgetary approval.

Applicants should seek additional information, about the School at http://www.siat.sfu.ca/ to understand better the character of SIAT and their possible contributions within it.
To apply, candidates should send a recent curriculum vitae, a description of their teaching philosophy and experience, three exemplar research articles and the complete names, addresses (including email), institutional affiliation and telephone numbers of three academic referees to:

Dr. Marek Hatala, Director
School of Interactive Arts & Technology
Simon Fraser University
250-13450 102nd Avenue
Surrey, BC CANADA V3T 0A3
Email: mhatala at sfu.ca

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