Assistant Professor of AI and Intelligent Systems - ASU at Mesa City Center

School of Arts, Media and Engineering

Job description:

The School of Arts, Media and Engineering (AME) of the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts and the School of Computing and Augmented Intelligence (SCAI) of the Ira A Fulton School of Engineering at Arizona State University seek a dynamic individual with expertise and applied and theoretical innovations in artificial intelligence (AI) and intelligent systems to join the transdisciplinary ASU at Mesa City Center emerging media technologies team for a full-time, tenure-track assistant professor appointment to begin in Fall 2022. In addition to its impact on research and innovation in AI-supported augmented and extended reality technologies, this position will also play a critical role in the development and delivery of new cross-disciplinary programs, including the MS in Digital Culture (Extended Reality Technologies) and the PhD/MS in Data Science, Analysis, and Engineering, all cross-disciplinary degree programs focused on emerging technologies and practices for public impact. The State of Arizona recently committed new investments towards the university in the areas of human performance, future communication technologies, extreme environments, and advanced manufacturing, within the context of its New Economy Initiative. Candidates with application interest in these key research areas are particularly encouraged to apply. 

ASU's vibrant and innovative approaches to research and teaching are charting new paths in education and research in the public interest. ASU strongly encourages transdisciplinary collaboration and use-inspired, socially relevant research. The primary responsibilities for this jointly appointed position will be in bridging the programs of ASU at Mesa City Center, a cross-disciplinary trio of graduate programs bringing together researchers, designers, and engineers to innovate XR technologies, immersive experience design, and practices for public impact, with the relevant computational AI and big data programs in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. The successful candidate will be expected to develop an internationally recognized and externally funded collaborative research program, develop and teach graduate and undergraduate courses, advise and mentor graduate and undergraduate students,  undertake scientific and university service activities, engage stakeholders in the university and the community, and demonstrate national and international leadership in their field.

Required qualifications:

Candidates must have:

  • Completed a PhD or other terminal degree in computer science, engineering, media arts, or a related field by the start date of the appointment.
  • Demonstrated expertise in machine learning and/or artificial intelligence, and/or systems for the design of games or other narrative and interactive environments.
  • Demonstrate evidence of excellence in research in these areas, including but not limited to publications in top-tier journals and conferences.
  • Demonstrate commitment to excellence in teaching, along with dedication to equity, diversity, and inclusion.
  • Demonstrate commitment to and potential for establishing an externally funded research program.

Desired qualifications:

Highly qualified for this position may possess:

  • Commitment to research, creative activity and/or scholarship that has public impact outside of the academy, including work related to community engagement, social justice, communication of science, cross-cultural communication or similar endeavors.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in and across multiple disciplinary cultures; expertise in engaging multiple viewpoints and audiences in a variety of formats. 
  • Experience collaborating with colleagues from different disciplines - including engineers, game designers, and artists - to develop and grow dynamic research and academic programs.
  • Experience in working with external stakeholders and communities in a highly collaborative or co-creative manner.
  • Evidence of ability to inspire and instruct learners from diverse backgrounds and demonstrated skill in teaching and mentoring early career researchers, including graduate students and/or early career faculty.
  • Research interest in one or more of New Economic Initiative research areas of energy, human performance, future communication technologies, extreme environments, and advanced manufacturing. 
  • Experience working with Unity, Unreal or equivalent game engine.
  • Experience teaching online or creating resources for training/education in an online environment.

Application deadline:

The application deadline is January 3, 2022. Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis for a reserve pool.  Applications in the reserve pool may then be reviewed in the order in which they were received until the position is filled.

ASU conducts pre-employment screening for all positions, which includes a criminal background check, verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses and certifications.

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Applicants may also be interested in the following positions within the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts that are posted now or will be posted soon. Please consider applying to any and all positions that fit your qualifications. All applications must be submitted separately.

Instruction to apply:

Please submit:

  1. A C.V.
  2. A letter of interest/cover letter that includes a high-level overview of the applicant's research and teaching interests and addresses their potential alignment with the stated values and mission of ASU and the relevant schools.
  3. A research statement detailing the applicant’s research interests, accomplishments, and future plans (and optionally including a link to online samples of relevant work and/or a creative portfolio).
  4. A teaching statement detailing the applicant’s teaching interests, accomplishments, and future plans.
  5. A diversity statement addressing how the applicant’s past and/or potential contributions to diversity, equity, inclusion, and/or racial justice will advance ASU’s commitment to inclusive excellence.
  6. Contact information for at least 3 professional or scholarly references.

All applications must be submitted electronically via

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