Teaching Assistant Professorship in Animation with Texas A&M University

The visualization department at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas,
invites applications for a full-time, non-tenure track position at the rank of Assistant Professor of Teaching. The successful candidate will be expected to teach studio, lecture, and seminar courses at the graduate and university levels in the fields of animation and/or visual effects.

This position is loosely defined as “animation” and includes a range of possible specializations. An ideal candidate would have experience in several of these areas, with expertise in one or two disciplines. Desired topics include procedural modeling, character animation, character rigging, layout, visual effects, surfacing/texturing, lighting and rendering, and digital sculpting. Teaching these courses includes teaching the fundamentals and elements of relevant digital content creation tools, including (but not limited to) Maya, Houdini and the Substance suite. Familiarity with industry standard software and tools is expected.

An ideal candidate for this position is someone who is comfortable with production pipelines for animation/VFX and real-time projects and can implement digital content into both workflows. Experience with Unreal Engine is desirable.

Appointment:

Nine-month academic position with a start date of August 2022. Salary, benefits and remuneration commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Qualifications:

Candidates must hold a terminal degree (Ph.D or MFA) in a related field or have equivalent professional experience. Strong written and verbal communication skills are required. Applicants should visit the department’s website to view our academic and research programs (https://viz.arch.tamu.edu).

Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, portfolio of creative work, teaching statement/portfolio, and a list of three references (including mailing address, phone number, and email address). -mail). Applications should be submitted via the Interfolio portal: apply.interfolio.com/104841

Applications will be reviewed until positions are filled. For more information, please contact the chair of the research committee, Professor Anatol Bologan, at abologan@tamu.edu. Texas A&M University is committed to enriching the learning and working environment for all visitors, students, faculty, and staff by promoting a culture that embraces inclusion, diversity, equity, and accountability. Diversity of perspectives, talents and identities is essential to accomplishing our mission and living our core values. Texas A&M University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer committed to diversity.

About the department:
The visualization department encompasses the technology, art and science of
visual communication. The department encourages and maintains a vigorous
interdisciplinary blend of visual arts and related visual and imaging sciences and technologies. Academic programs include BS, MS and MFA in Visualization, with approximately 400 students. Our mission is the development and implementation of emergent methods to enhance understanding and gain insight through visual means in teaching, research, and creative work that impact future directions in the field. The reputation of our graduates as skilled and creative visual problem solvers has led to strong ties to the animation, visual effects and gaming industries. Faculty members are recognized for their scientific contributions ranging from installations artists to fundamental research in a wide range of fields related to computer visualization. Information about the Department of Visualization is available at https://www.arch.tamu.edu/viz/. The department and the university are committed to a culturally diverse educational environment.

The Department of Visualization offers a unique collegiate environment with a faculty comprised of historians, traditional and new media artists, designers, and computer scientists.

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