Faculty Positions in Augmented and Virtual Reality

The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) invites applications for three open rank (Assistant, Associate or Full Professor) positions, starting in Fall 2020.

The first position will be appointed in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering  and/or the Department of Computer Science, aligning with UTSA’s current expertise in immersive technology applications areas.  Joint appointments are preferred. For this position, applications must be submitted through a web portal at https://jobs.utsa.edu/postings/13855

The second position will be oriented to XR Human factors/Human Computer Interaction.  Possible placements will be considered in the Departments of Psychology, Information Systems and Cyber Security, Electrical and Computer Engineering or Computer Science. Joint appointments are preferred.  For this position, applications must be submitted through a web portal at https://jobs.utsa.edu/postings/13903

The third position will be oriented to Education with XR and will be appointed in the Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching.  For this position, applications must be submitted through a web portal at https://jobs.utsa.edu/postings/14059

Required Qualifications and Responsibilities

Applicants for an Assistant Professor position must earn a Ph.D. by September 1, 2020, in Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Psychology, Information Systems and Cybersecurity, Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching, or in a related field, publications commensurate with appointment levels in their departments, and with an academic record in multicultural education, diversity and inclusion. The successful candidate must demonstrate their ability and desire to work collegially with faculty from diverse cultural backgrounds.  

Applicants for an Associate/Full Professor position must have a Ph.D. in Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Psychology, Information Systems and Cybersecurity, Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching, or a related field, publications commensurate with appointment levels in their departments, and with an academic record in multicultural education, diversity and inclusion.  Tenure is contingent upon Board of Regents approval.

The successful candidate must demonstrate their ability to work with and be sensitive to the educational needs of diverse urban populations and support the University’s commitment to thrive as a Hispanic Serving Institution and a model for student success.

Successful candidates will be expected to develop and maintain externally funded research programs, engage in both undergraduate and graduate education, and contribute their leadership and innovative thinking towards global prominence in their respective discipline.  Teaching opportunities will vary by department and teaching qualifications will be considered for skills and ability alignment within their respective department. Successful candidates must have expertise  in XR and/or its applications that may include one or more of the following areas: virtual reality, augmented reality, mixed reality, immersive displays,  3D user interfaces, immersive games,  simulation for training or education, immersive data visualization. The successful candidates are expected to collaborate on research and grant applications with faculty in the cluster, in other colleges, departments, local military institutions, and UT Health medical school. Teaching opportunities will vary by department and teaching qualifications will be considered for skills and ability alignment within their respective department. Other responsibilities include, but are not limited to, advising and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students (masters and doctoral); active research program that is funded by external grants and serving the University, profession and community. Tenure is contingent on Board of Regents approval.  Salary and supporting start-up package are competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Required documents and submission process: Applications must be submitted through the web portal indicated above.  Applicants should submit the following:

  1. Letter of application that documents evidence of scholarly publications, funded research, teaching experiences, and qualifications for the position;
  2. Research and teaching statement, which includes discussion on the role diversity and inclusion plays in an academic environment
  3. Current Curriculum vita;
  4. Copy of all graduate transcripts;
  5. Three samples of published scholarly work;
  6. Teaching evaluations;
  7. Names and contact information for three references who will provide a letter of recommendation;

Applicants who are selected for on campus interviews must be able to show proof that they will be eligible and qualified to work in the US by the time of hire.   

Applications received by November 22, 2019 will be given full consideration. The search will continue until the position is filled or the search is closed.

The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) has embarked on a focused cluster hiring plan to recruit top-tier researchers as a part of President Taylor Eighmy’s ambitious strategic initiatives.  UTSA is currently looking for three candidates to fill open rank faculty positions to promote collaborative research, education and outreach and to create interdisciplinary areas of knowledge that will advance the field of virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), and mixed reality (MR), or more generally XR.

Technological advances, the recent booming consumer market in immersive displays and interfaces, and computing capability and speed have accelerated the impact of immersive technologies in our daily lives. According to recent projections, immersive technologies will be a $220 billion-dollar industry by 2022. This technology will drive creative solutions for societal changes in areas such as healthcare, national defense, education, visualization, and data science. The complexity of these global problems will require a highly prepared XR technology workforce and a deep understanding of the human factors involved.

UTSA’s research portfolio has increasingly become more transdisciplinary, cutting across areas such as cybersecurity, brain health, engineering, biomedicine, public health, educational transformation, sustainability, business and policy. These areas have been further fueled by focused faculty cluster hires in areas including cloud computing, cybersecurity, brain health, artificial intelligence, analytics and data science. A targeted cluster hire among faculty with expertise in XR will build on and leverage our established research portfolio, providing new ways to visualize data, collaborate, communicate, and learn across disciplines. Hires are expected to build their own unique programs of research, as well as to collaborate with other hires in this cluster and with colleagues in their home department, college, and scientific community of San Antonio and Texas at large. The multidisciplinary nature of XR is strongly emphasized in this search, which may result in joint appointments across multiple departments and colleges.

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Background Information:  Within an area rich in historic attractions, affordable housing, and excellent medical facilities, the San Antonio corridor is a high-tech hub that is home to many major computer companies and federal organizations. The metropolitan area is also home to a multitude of synergistic industries that depend upon information: Microsoft, Rackspace, USAA, UT-Health biomedical facilities, U.S. military bases. The newly hired faculty have the opportunity to significantly influence research within a dynamic, multi-disciplinary, multi-cultural research environment. It is the policy of The University of Texas at San Antonio to promote and ensure equal employment opportunity for all individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or veteran status.  Collaboration is encouraged with UTSA’s emerging National Security Collaboration Center (NSCC), Schools of Data Science, and Open Cloud Institute (OCI).  

Diversity:  UTSA is committed to maintaining an environment that values and supports diversity, equity and inclusiveness across our campus community and encourages excellent applications to assist us in achieving this mission. UTSA is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Applicants who are selected for interviews must be able to provide proof that they will be eligible and qualified to work in the United States by time of hire. Eligibility for security clearance is appreciated but not required.
 

The University of Texas at San Antonio
RE: Faculty Search
One UTSA Circle
San Antonio, TX 78249-0667
Phone: 210-458-6482