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UCSC Computer Science Hiring Faculty Member in Games and Playable Media

The Department of Computer Science at the University of California, Santa Cruz invites applications for a tenure track (Assistant) or tenured (Associate and Full Professor) faculty position. We seek outstanding applicants in the area of games and playable media. Preferred applicants will have research and teaching experience in games and graphics, with a research presence in the graphics community and the games and/or interactive media community, though candidates with specializations in other areas of games and interactive media will be considered. Specializations in areas particularly appropriate to games and interactive media, such as real-time animation and effects, procedural content generation, and novel interface mechanisms are preferred. This position will develop and teach courses within the undergraduate and graduate games and playable media curriculum, including being one of the primary instructors for the introduction to graphics and animation courses. Applicants are expected to develop externally funded research programs at UC Santa Cruz. The campus is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through their research, teaching, and service.

The Computer Science Department has a strong group in games and playable media, with six faculty and several research groups including the Expressive Intelligence Studio, Natural Language and Dialog, Computational Cinematography, and Augmented Design. Computer Science has three core graphics faculty specializing in image-based methods and information visualization. Additionally, the Center for Games and Playable Media (CGPM), consisting of faculty from many departments across the university, provides support for developing global strategies for games and playable media work at UC Santa Cruz, connects research at UC Santa Cruz with the games and media industries, organizes a weekly lecture series bringing in speakers from academia and industry, runs an incubator, and provides staff support for core faculty. It is expected that this position will be a core faculty member within the games and playable media cluster within Computer Science, as well as a core member of the Center for Games and Playable Media.

Please view the attached PDF flyer for full information, including qualifications and application instructions.


About the author:  Michael Mateas is a professor in the computer science department, and founder of the Expressive Intelligence Studio at UC Santa Cruz as well as the Center for Games and Playable Media. His research interests lie at the intersection of artificial intelligence, art and design.

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