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Assistant Professor, Video Game Design & Implementation, Department of Computer Science

Job ID: 19124

Updated: August 22, 2019

Location: Main Campus

Position Description

The Department of Computer Science (CPSC), in the Faculty of Science at the University of Calgary seeks outstanding candidates for a Tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level.  Applicants must possess a PhD in Computer Science (or equivalent) at the time of appointment. The successful candidate must demonstrate evidence of a track record of publications in high quality journals and conferences. As an alternative to a publication record, outstanding achievements in the computer games industry need to be demonstrated. Successful applicants must also show a strong willingness to contribute to the department's innovative teaching and research initiatives.

Applicants are sought in the area of Video Game Design & Implementation.

The successful applicant must have demonstrated expertise in computer game design, 3D modeling, digital story telling, computer game environments, and applications of computer games for simulation and training in teaching and learning.

The candidate must show strong interest in multi-disciplinary approaches for creative content creation, construction of collaborative and immersive environments, innovation in game-driven teaching and learning, or augmented intelligence applications for game design, navigation, and engagement.

The applicant should also be able to work in close collaboration with other researchers at the University of Calgary.  Interdisciplinarity in an applicant's research is an asset. There will be opportunities to be engaged and take leadership roles in our Computational Media Design graduate program as well as in Entrepreneurial Thinking and Digital Innovation initiatives at the University of Calgary.

The successful candidate is expected to establish an independent research program aligned with the University of Calgary's Eyes High vision, and to provide high-quality teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.  The candiate will actively recruit and supervise graduate students.  Peer-reviewed external funding is expected to be obtained and sustained.  Industry experience is an asset. Industrial partnerships are strongly encouraged, as we foresee close collaborations with game development companies and animation studios in Alberta, which has a vibrant computer games community.

Recently ranked #1 among young universities in North America, the University of Calgary has significant ongoing research activities in fundamental and applied analytics.  Information security, information visualization, visual analytics, human-computer interaction, and engineering of analytics applications are current strengths, leading to close interactions with experts from a wide variety of application domains.  Cross-disciplinary teams are tackling big data challenges in energy, health informatics, life sciences, and other areas.  Analytics and visualization have been identified as core platform by the University of Calgary, triggering investments in these and related research areas.

The Department of Computer Science is one of Canada's leaders, with demonstrated excellence in teaching and research.  It has large undergraduate and graduate programs state-of-the-art computing facilities, and successful multi-disciplinary linkages. Further information is available at

Applicants should submit a single PDF including CV, a concise description of their research, a statement of teaching philosophy, and the names and contact details of 3 references online via the 'Apply Now' link.  

The hiring committee will review applications starting November 15, 2019. The position will remain open until filled. Hiring decisions will be finalized by Spring 2020, with the successful candidate joining the University of Calgary in July 2020.

To succeed as one of Calgary's top universities, where new ideas are created, tested and applied through first-class teaching and research, the University of Calgary needs more of the best minds in our classrooms and labs.  We're increasing our scholarly capacity by investing in people who want to change the world, bringing the best and brightest to Calgary to form a global intellectual hub and achieve advances that matter to everyone.

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)

In support of University of Calgary's promotion of a diverse workforce, the Faculty of Science is committed to showing leadership in diversity, equity and inclusion and nurturing a healthy and respectful workplace environment for all.

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 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
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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