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Assistant Professor: Computational Artist / Designer

Recruitment Period

Open date: July 17th, 2019

Last review date: Monday, Dec 2, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Monday, Jun 1, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


The Department of Visual Arts at UC San Diego invites applications for an artist/designer with a computational and 3D visualization research-based practice and exhibition/publication record.

Areas of focus may include

  • computer visualization processes and techniques
  • virtual and augmented reality
  • critical informatics
  • critical gaming
  • algorithmic-based design (e.g., parametric systems and computationally directed fabrication and simulation)
  • machine vision
  • physical computing
  • control systems for installation and other emerging areas.

The artist/designer will teach in the Interdisciplinary Computing and the Arts and Speculative Design undergraduate majors and the MFA program. Applicants should address intersections with other cross-disciplinary departmental practices and teaching areas such as studio art, performance, installation, architecture and urbanism, film and media production, and art and media history and theory.

The Department of Visual Arts offers undergraduate degrees in Studio, Media, Speculative Design, Art History and the Interdisciplinary Computing in the Arts Major (ICAM), as well as, at the graduate level, an MFA and a PhD in Art History, Theory and Criticism which includes a concentration in Art Practice. The Computational Artist / Designer is a research and teaching position centered in the ICAM, a program intermixing art, music and computer science to provide students with the basis of creating new forms of art which arise out of the affordances of computational systems.

Assistant Professor appointments are open to emerging artists whose exhibition track record shows a trajectory for developing a national and international reputation. Since quality teaching is required for advancement, applicants with teaching experience at the undergraduate and/or graduate level is preferred.

Applicants are required to possess an MFA and/ or PhD (or equivalent) in Visual Art, Interdisciplinary Computing/Design, New Media practice or related field required prior to the time of appointment.

Teaching will encompass the entire curricular range from large undergraduate lecture courses, to intermediate production and technique courses, advanced undergraduate production and critique courses, and graduate courses for MFA and Art Practice students. Courses would include such areas in graphics/visualization practices, 3D fabrication and machine learning. All department faculty are expected to advise, work with, and serve on the committees of MFA students in all areas and also work with and serve on the committees of PhD students.

Rank and salary commensurate with qualifications and experience based on UC pay scales.

To apply: All applicant materials including referee information should be submitted via Recruit at

UC San Diego is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer with a strong institutional commitment to excellence through diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to gender, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.

Job location

San Diego, CA


Document requirements

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Applicants should summarize their past or potential contributions to diversity. See our Faculty Equity site for more information.

  • Artist Statement and Portfolio - Upload a PDF document that includes a list of links OR one link to your online portfolio specifically curated for the search committee, prioritized with your most accomplished work with any writings/statements and notable reviews about your work

  • Teaching Philosophy (Optional)

  • Teaching Evaluations - Scan any teaching evaluations into one PDF page to upload in this link

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

  • Misc/Additional (Optional)

  • Misc/Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)