Job: Assistant Professor (tenure track) – Game Design and Development – Simon Fraser University

SFU School of Interactive Arts and Technology- seeking Assistant Professor -Tenure Track – Game Design & Development

Position Type: Permanent, Faculty
Closing Date: December 1, 2012

Applicants for this tenure track position should have a teaching and research focus on game design and development. They should have a strong potential for research and scholarship with games coupled with excellent applied skills and expertise in one or more of the areas of:

computational aspects of games
game development and delivery platforms
game prototyping and development, or
the dynamics of game design and player experience

More information after the jump

SIAT is a vibrant, multidisciplinary program that integrates the arts, design, science and technology. 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. The School currently enrolls about 800 undergraduates and approximately 120 graduate students, some 60 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).


Applicants should have a terminal degree in their discipline (normally a Ph.D. in computer science, engineering, games studies, media studies, interactive arts, cognitive sciences or a related discipline), having studied:

computer games
artificial intelligence
machine learning
digital film and video
computer graphics and animation
sound design
virtual environments
new media arts
design or related areas

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 attractive to external funding and to be responsive to collaboration with other faculty and graduate students. Faculty members 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, persons with disabilities and sexual minorities (LBGT).

The successful candidate will begin work on 1 September 2013. Applications will be received until 1 December 2012. All appointments are subject to the availability of funding.

For additional information, please visit the SIAT website to better understand the School and your possible contributions within it.

To apply, send a recent curriculum vitae, a description of your 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:

School of Interactive Arts & Technology
Simon Fraser University
250-13450 102nd Avenue
Surrey, BC CANADA V3T 0A3

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