[Ieee_vis_open_positions] Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Visual Analytics at Simon Fraser U.

Brian Fisher cyberpsychologist at icloud.com
Wed Nov 20 19:07:23 CET 2013

(Feel free to contact me, Lyn Bartram, John Dill, or Chris Shaw about 
this job)

Description: We invite applications from leading scholars for a Canada 
Research Chair Tier I position in Visual Analytics. Visual Analytics is 
the science of analytical reasoning facilitated by interactive visual 
interfaces. It is an interdisciplinary field that draws upon a range of 
disciplines including Information Design, Visualisation, Cognitive and 
Perceptual Sciences, Data Analysis, and others.

SFU is internationally known as a leader in visual analytics. SIAT 
researchers are at the core of the Vancouver Institute for Visual 
Analytics (VIVA), a multi-university consortium hosted by SFU to support 
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 federal 
sources, VIVA has been a leader in promoting visual analytics across 
Canada and is working with industrial sponsors to establish a national 
aerospace research consortium.

The CRC Tier I Chair is a highly prestigious position for distinguished 
scholars. Only senior investigators with outstanding publications will 
be considered and the applicant is expected to make an application for a 
Tier 1 CRC within the first year of appointment. Candidates should 
demonstrate a strong record of academic accomplishments and the 
capability to provide leadership to SFUs Visual Analytics community and 
its collaborators in BC and across Canada. Applicants should be eligible 
for appointment at the rank of Full Professor and have the terminal 
degree in their discipline (normally a Ph.D.) in a field relevant to 
Visual Analytics. The applicant will have an opportunity to establish 
collaboration with and complement other research areas of strength 
within our School, including interaction design, human computer 
interaction, computer aided design, sustainable design, health 
informatics, cognitive and perceptual science, and learning analytics.

SIAT is a vibrant, multidisciplinary program connecting computing, media 
and design. SIAT’s teaching and research draw upon fields ranging from 
cognitive science, media arts, electronic games, design and interactive 
technology. SIAT offers degrees at bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral 
levels, and is the home of the SFU Visual Analytics graduate certificate 
program. The School currently enrolls about 800 undergraduates and 
approximately 110 graduate students, over 65 of whom are at the doctoral 
level. SIAT’s infrastructure includes 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 entertainmentindustry 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). In Visual 
Analytics area, SIAT faculty collaborate closely with colleagues from 
School of Computing Science in the Faculty of Applied Sciences.

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 2014. Screening of applicants will commence on 
January 1, 2014 and will continue until position is filled. The 
successful applicant will develop with the Simon Fraser University the 
Canada Research Chair application for the October 2014 deadline. All 
appointments are subject to the availability of funding.

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 concise 
description of their research area and program, a statement of their 
teaching philosophy 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
CC: dirsec_siat at sfu.ca

Contact information for three academic referees will be requested of 
candidates moving to the second stage.

Under authority of the University Act personal information that is 
required by the university for academic appointment competitions will be 
collected. For further details see: 
Brian Fisher
Associate Professor, SFU School of Interactive Arts and Technology and 
Program in Cognitive Science
Associate Director, UBC Media And Graphics Interdisciplinary Centre

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