Assistant Professor, Digital Science and Immersive Technologies, Department of Computer Science

Location
Calgary (Region), Alberta
Posted
Apr 07, 2021
Closes
May 03, 2021
Ref
Job ID 22498
Career Level
Faculty
Education Level
PhD
Job Type
Tenure Track
Relocation Cost
Negotiable
Sector Type
Academia

The Department of Computer Science at the University of Calgary seeks outstanding candidates for TWO tenure-track positions at the Assistant Professor level in the area of Digital Science and Immersive Technologies with an anticipated start date of September 1, 2021 or later.

Applicants must possess a PhD in Computer Science (or equivalent) at the time of appointment. The successful candidates must demonstrate evidence of an impactful track record of publications in high-quality journals and conferences. Successful applicants must also show a strong willingness to contribute to the department's innovative teaching and research initiatives. The successful applicants must also have demonstrated expertise in extended reality (VR/AR/XR) as well as another research area relevant to digital science – data science, online and blended learning, or computer-supported cooperative work (CSCW) and its applications in teaching and learning contexts.

Candidates must have strong interests in trans-disciplinary research to support the University of Calgary’s Growth through Focus strategic vision, as well as the Faculty of Science 's initiative on Digital Science. The successful candidates will embrace the opportunity to develop future-focused undergraduate and graduate programs, including the expansion and augmentation of on-line delivery and experiential learning activities (e.g., labs and field work). The Faculty of Science is committed to enhancing and accelerating the use of digital technology in our research laboratories and classroom spaces. We are specifically interested in candidates fluent in VR/AR/XR tools to explore and apply immersive technologies in order to, for example:

  • create digital twins of teaching labs, field sites, etc.,
  • build and explore augmented reality technology (VR and AR HMDs, tablets, smart phones) that enhances and complements physical laboratory equipment,
  • investigate and apply methodologies for blending virtual and physical objects and spaces, thus serving as a bridge between purely virtual teaching and learning environments and hybrid training environments,
  • offer "virtual" training workshops for field work, which prepare students for their field trips in virtual, safe environments before they embark on the actual, digitally augmented field work, or
  • co-design with faculty and students in science to address challenges in integrating online VR/AR/XR training with physical laboratory sites, equipment, and skills.

The candidates are expected to engage in the University of Calgary's Entrepreneurial Thinking and Digital Innovation initiatives. Although primarily situated in the Department of Computer Science, we also foresee collaborations with researchers and educators in biological sciences, chemistry, geoscience, physics and astronomy as well as the Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning.

The candidates are also expected to contribute to the Growth through Focus strategy, specifically in the context of Future-focused Program Delivery in the focus area of " Exploring Digital Worlds".

Interested individuals are encouraged to submit an application online via UCalgary Careers (https://careers.ucalgary.ca/).  A complete application should be submitted in a single pdf, and include the following:

  • Cover letter (1-2 pages)
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Research Plan (1-3 pages)
  • Teaching Philosophy (1-2 pages)
  • Statement describing the candidate’s contributions, or potential contributions, to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) along with their ability to work with a culturally diverse and international student, staff, and faculty body (up to 1 page)
  • Names and contact information of three references

Application Deadline: May 3, 2021

For more information and to apply for the position (Job ID# 22498), please visit: https://careers.ucalgary.ca/jobs/6496559-assistant-professor-digital-science-and-immersive-technologies-department-of-computer-science-faculty-of-science

Applications can be addressed to: Dr. Christian Jacob, Head, Department of Computer Science

The University of Calgary has launched an institution-wide Indigenous Strategy in line with the foundational goals of Eyes High, committing to creating a rich, vibrant, and culturally competent campus that welcomes and supports Indigenous Peoples, encourages Indigenous community partnerships, is inclusive of Indigenous perspectives in all that we do.

The University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their academic and professional success while they are here. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. In this connection, at the time of your application, please answer the following question: Are you a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada? (Yes/No)

Additional Information

To learn more about academic opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Academic Careers website. For more information about the Faculty of Science visit Careers in the Faculty of Science.

About the Faculty of Science

The Faculty of Science has been catalyzing change and inspiring discovery, creativity, and innovation for over 50 years. Our strategic direction integrates current and emerging strengths with areas targeted for future growth and investment. Our strategic priorities, goals, and values guide our mission to advance research, scholarship, and innovation, create authentic learning experiences, and inspire careers of the future. We drive transformational change, and build a strong community through teaching, learning, research, scholarship, and collaborative partnerships. We do this work to generate curiosity-driven discovery and contribute solutions to society’s grand challenges. For more information, visit science.ucalgary.ca.

About the University of Calgary  

The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit ucalgary.ca.  

About Calgary, Alberta

Calgary is one of the world's cleanest cities and has been named one of the world's most livable cities for years. Calgary is a city of leaders - in business, community, philanthropy and volunteerism. Calgarians benefit from a growing number of world-class dining and cultural events and enjoy more days of sunshine per year than any other major Canadian city. Calgary is less than an hour's drive from the majestic Rocky Mountains and boasts the most extensive urban pathway and bikeway network in North America. 

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