Tenure-Track Assistant Professor Human-Centred Computing Position

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Tenure-Track Assistant Professor Human-Centred Computing Position

School of Interactive Arts & Technology
Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada


The School of Interactive Arts and Technology (SIAT), located in beautiful greater Vancouver, seeks applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor faculty position in Human Centred Computing. SIAT is a vibrant, collaborative, interdisciplinary and internationally recognized school integrating human centered computing, design and media. Our faculty members are unique in their disciplinary diversity and we value the intersection of trans-disciplinary knowledge creation. SIAT offers degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels. The School currently enrolls about 800 undergraduate and 110 graduate students with a female ratio of over 50%. SIAT’s infrastructure includes innovative and collaborative teaching and research facilities situated on Simon Fraser University’s award-winning distinctive Surrey urban campus. We are a research-intensive school occupying the traditional territories of the Squamish (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw), Musqueam (xʷməθkʷə ̓yəm), Tsleil-Waututh (səlil̓ w̓ətaʔɬ), Katzie (q̓íc̓əy̓), and Kwikwetlem (kʷikʷə ̓ƛəm) peoples.

SIAT invites applications from candidates in Human Centred Computing who can build upon and strengthen our interdisciplinary culture. Applicants should have a computing-intensive research and teaching focus that encompasses both theory and practice.  The successful candidate’s research will be situated in and expand upon one or more of these areas: visual analytics, computational creativity, virtual and augmented reality, technology-enhanced learning, health informatics, affective computing, human-computer interaction, computational neuroscience, cognitive systems, computational design, or other emerging areas/contexts of Human Centred Computing. We encourage applications from those whose research programs draw on multiple disciplines in which human centred approaches to societal, ethical or cultural challenges are grounded within one or more computing domains such as artificial intelligence, data thinking, data visualization, multimodal analysis, or other related areas.

Applicants should have a PhD in Computing Science (or a related/equivalent field) and have the potential to attract significant external funding. SIAT invites applications from candidates who are able to develop successful collaborations with other faculty in our highly interdisciplinary environment, across SFU, and nationally and/or internationally, as well as engaging industry, non-profits or other networks. We seek applicants with teaching experience at the undergraduate level and a strong potential for instructional innovation.

SIAT is a member of the Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology (FCAT) at SFU.  For the past seventeen years SFU has been voted the top comprehensive university in Canada and was included in the top 20 most innovative universities in the world for social, economic and environmental impact in 2020.  Vancouver is becoming a leader in the international tech sector with rapidly growing employment and innovation opportunities from start-ups to global players. The region’s rich cultural, natural and intellectual resources make it one of the world’s most desirable places to live and work.

SIAT is committed to fostering a diverse, equitable and inclusive community that advances safe, sustainable and humane working practices within communities and personal research and teaching practices.

SFU is an equity employer and encourages applications from all qualified individuals including women, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, Indigenous Peoples, people of all sexual orientations and gender identities, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of the university. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. The successful candidate will begin on July 15th 2022 or later. Review of applications will commence on February 15th 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. All appointments are subject to the availability of funding and the Board of Governors’ final approval.

To apply, candidates should submit:

  • a cover letter summarizing how the candidate’s research addresses Human Centred Computing and fits within the position description above
  • a recent curriculum vitae
  • a description of their proposed research program and a description of their teaching philosophy; we encourage applicants to describe how they will address equity, diversity and inclusion in these statements.  (3-4 pages)
  • the three most significant scholarly contributions to research (e.g., publications, demonstrations, design artifacts or other
  • three referees with addresses, institutional affiliation and contact information. Letters will be requested for short-listed candidates

Please send all materials to:

Dr. Thecla Schiphorst, Director
Chair, Search Committee
School of Interactive Arts & Technology
Simon Fraser University
250-13450 102nd Avenue
Surrey, BC CANADA V3T 0A3

Email: siat_dir@sfu.ca
CC: dseciat@sfu.ca

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