Assistant Professor in Physical Computing at UCSD

The Department of Visual Arts at UC San Diego invites applications for an artist with a robust exhibition record who works with physical computing platforms and control systems for installation, robotics and public environments; computationally directed methods of fabrication and simulation; and other emerging areas of artistic production which physically manifest computational system interactions with human, social and material conditions. We especially seek artists with conceptually driven practices who use computing in a way that intersects with other departmental artistic practices, such as studio, performance, installation, or media, as well as with Speculative Design and Art History and Theory.

The Department of Visual Arts offers undergraduate degrees in Studio, Media, Speculative Design, Art History and the Interdisciplinary Computing in the Arts Major (ICAM), as well as, at the graduate level, an MFA and a PhD in Art History, Theory and Criticism which includes a concentration in Art Practice. The Physical Computing Artist is a research and teaching position centered in the ICAM, a program intermixing art, music and computer science to provide students with the basis of creating new forms of art which arise out of the affordances of computational systems. Teaching will encompass the entire curricular range from large undergraduate lecture courses, to intermediate production and technique courses, advanced undergraduate production and critique courses, and graduate courses for MFA and Art Practice students. Courses would include such areas as the use of microcontrollers in art,
3D fabrication and computing systems for social action. All Department faculty are expected to advise, work with, and serve on the committees of MFA students in all areas and also work with and serve on the committees of PhD students.

Assistant Professor appointments are open to emerging artists whose exhibition track record shows a trajectory for developing a national and international reputation. Since quality teaching is required for advancement, applicants with teaching experience are preferred. Applicants should possess an MFA and/or PhD.

Rank and salary commensurate with qualifications and experience based on UC pay scales.

To apply: All applicant materials including referee information should be submitted via UCSD Academic Personnel Recruit On-Line site at

Review of applications will begin on December 15, 2016 and continue until the position is filled, however, to guarantee full consideration by the search committee, applications must be fully completed and received by December 15, 2016.

Applications must include a cover letter with a description of research, training, and teaching experience; a curriculum vitae with degrees, academic and other employment positions, and evidence of work in the field with links to relevant websites (if any); teaching evaluations (if available); three letters of reference requested through the AP On-Line Recruit site; provide a link to online portfolio that is specifically curated for the search committee, prioritized with your most accomplished work in PDF format that can be uploaded into the AP On-Line Recruit site; and a summary of past or potential contributions to diversity (see;

UC San Diego is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer with a strong institutional commitment to excellence through diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to gender, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.