Wearable Technology Prof Jobs

Ontario College of Art & Design
Due Date 1 = Expressions of interest + curriculum vitae: December 5th
Final Due Date = Full applications: January 5th

Applicants will bring both research and practical expertise in the creation of wearable technologies and interfaces such as apparel or jewellery. They will combine technical and creative skills with knowledge of materials and engineering. Candidates may approach wearable technologies from various perspectives. This position will work closely with OCAD’s Mobile Experience Laboratory and mobile research area as well as its programs in integrated media, textiles and jewellery. It is preferable that the successful candidate hold a Ph.D. in Computer Science or Engineering with strong design or wearable art or mobile interface practice. Exceptional candidates with an MFA or Master’s of Design in fashion and supplementary studies in engineering will be considered. Applicants will bring capacity in wearable systems creation, fashion and technology/engineering, and the ability to build physical interfaces to virtual systems.

Applicants will bring experience in Human/Computer Interaction (HCI) with a focus on tangible interfaces or ethnography. It is preferable that the successful candidate hold a Ph.D. in cognitive science or computer science with an additional field in the humanities, social sciences or design. This position will work closely with OCAD’s studio-based programs on implementing tangible interfaces. Exceptional candidates with a Master’s in Fine Arts or Design and Engineering will be considered. They will have a significant record of supervising graduate students, be familiar with the interdisciplinary scholarship that encompasses HCI and have a history of collaboration with designers or artists. A successful track-record in research and industry collaborations is expected.

The successful candidates will:
·Assume a key role in building the interdisciplinary Digital Futures Initiative, contributing to teaching and program development at the undergraduate and graduate levels;
·be expected to develop strong, externally funded research programs and engage with cross-disciplinary research teams;
·be expected to participate in Faculty and university-wide governance systems, as well as other activities that contribute to the academic life of OCAD.
Unless otherwise noted, these positions are to commence with the 2009/10 academic year and are subject to budgetary approval. In light of the specialized nature of some of the positions, OCAD is open to considering secondments.

Candidates are expected to hold a doctoral degree or be close to completion. In some positions a degree at the master’s level combined with exceptional industry experience and credentials will be considered. They must have experience in the relevant art or design related discipline or in their area of research; a strong record of creative practice, research, scholarship and publication and/or exemplary professional practice; evidence of positive post-secondary teaching experience; and an aptitude for innovative curriculum development in a degree-granting art and design university.
Salary and rank will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Applications should include a letter outlining interests in the areas of teaching, research/practice, and service; a curriculum vitae; a digital portfolio of recent work where appropriate; and the names and contact information of at least three references submitted in confidence to the address listed below. We would like to receive expressions of interest by December 15th, including an electronic curriculum vitae. Full applications should reach us no later than Monday, January 5th. The review of applications will take place in stages with an eye toward inviting short-listed candidates to OCAD between mid January and late February.

DFI Program Development and Selection Committee
Ontario College of Art & Design
100 McCaul Street
Toronto, ON M5T 1W1
Fax: (416) 977-3034

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