The RIT School of Film and Animation, in collaboration with the RIT Center for Media, Arts, Games, Interaction & Creativity (RITMAGIC Center), invites candidates for a tenure-track position at assistant, associate, or full professor rank with expertise and collaborative potential in the field of Motion Picture Special Effects. This position is being filled as part of a strategic hire in collaboration with the MAGIC Spell Studios effort, a new public-private partnership at the university focused on growing the regional, state, and national economy through entrepreneurial and creative engagements with the digital media sector. Successful candidates are expected to contribute broadly to the goals of the MAGIC Center, as well as one or more of the academic programs in the School of Film and Animation. Multi-disciplinary approaches are highly encouraged, and this position will be eligible for tenure in the College of Art and Design.
About the RITMAGIC Center and MAGIC Spell Studios:
The MAGIC Center is the university’s multi-disciplinary hub for the exploration and production of digital media by the RIT community. It represents a conscious and deliberate effort to blur the lines between the arts and the sciences, between technology and expression, between the study of the creation of media and its impact and effect on society and the human condition. The MAGIC Center is designed to bridge the gap between research and prototyping, a common output of academia, and the ability to bring industry polish and commercial scale and support to associated projects. At the MAGIC Center, faculty, staff, student researchers, artists, and practitioners come together to create, contextualize, and apply new knowledge in a multitude of related fields and disciplines as appropriate not only to STEM, or the Arts & Humanities, but their intersection.
Founded in 2013 through the Office of the President, the RITMAGIC Center and MAGIC Spell Studios represent a university-wide strategic effort and focus on digital media research and development across the university and in collaboration with multiple programs, departments, centers, and community efforts. The center and studio are directly intertwined to support both exploration and research in digital media with early-stage commercialization and entrepreneurially focused mentorship for the entire campus community, and report directly to the Office of the Vice President for Research. It was further designated one of three ‘NY State Games Hubs’ in 2016 along with RPI and NYU, with regional and state-wide opportunities and responsibilities through this network, and has already published numerous games, apps, and collaborative projects, including the first Xbox One game ever published directly by a college or university. The university has further partnered with state and community partners for the construction of the MAGIC Spell Studios building, a newly-opened $25M facility that helps provide a home for these activities at the university. The facility contains a 7,000 sq ft sound stage that qualifies for use under the NY State Film Tax Credit, a 185-seat 4K theatre, three digital media labs, a commercial incubation lab, a VR/AR/MR lab, stop-motion rooms, 2D and 3D animation classrooms, numerous other labs and facilities, as well as offices and workspaces for affiliated faculty and staff. More information about the center, the studio, and various projects and efforts therein is available at magic.rit.edu.
Candidates seeking the rank of assistant professor must have:
BA, BS or BFA degree
Significant relevant industry experience.
Demonstrated academic and/or commercial achievement in visual effects and one or more of the following: image processing, cinema systems engineering, computer graphics, computational cinematography, or virtual or augmented reality application development, interactive media.
Ability to contribute to economic development goals and research objectives of MAGIC Spell Studios and the RITMAGIC Center.
Ability to contribute to curricular, research, and service opportunities in the School of Film and Animation.
Ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the university’s continuing commitment to cultural diversity, pluralism, and individual differences.
Candidates seeking the rank of associate professor must also have:
Terminal degree in a relevant field (PhD, MFA)
An active and significant engagement in the profession through, e.g., editorial boards of journals, conference organizing committees and/or program committees, or professional societies/organizations.
Developed proposals for external funding and/or experience managing funded research projects in an academic setting, or experience managing teams and projects in an industry setting.
Demonstrated ability for scholarly research as seen by a strong scholarly dissemination record relevant to the applicant’s area of expertise.
Candidates seeking the rank of professor must also have:
Terminal degree in a relevant field (PhD., MFA) and relevant industry experience
Significant leadership role in the profession through, e.g., editorial boards of journals, conference organizing committees and/or program committees, or professional societies/organizations.
Demonstrated record of external funding support and/or managing funded research projects in an academic setting or significant experience managing teams and projects in an industry setting.
Demonstrated ability for scholarly research as seen by an extensive scholarly dissemination record relevant to the applicant’s area of expertise.
Candidates with the following skills are especially encouraged to apply:
Teaching experience at the university level.
Experience in attracting external funding to support a program of research and development.
Experience mentoring and advising students and community members in start-up, early-stage commercial activities.
Experience in contributing to a multi-disciplinary campus community of research and practice.
Primary Area of Interest:
VFX-Experience in advanced visual effects research, including high resolution motion capture, virtual cinematography, photorealistic computer graphics, graphics rendering, light field imaging, volumetric/holographic display, and advanced compositing. Candidates should also be versed in elementary VFX and compositing pipelines to support student filmmakers.
Related Areas of Interest:
VR/AR-Proficient in AR/VR/MR and immersive application creation. Research interest in immersive experience technology as well as working knowledge of production and post-production equipment, including 360-degree cameras, panoramic stitching, localized audio, engineered interactivity, haptics, and HMD or environmental projection. Candidates should be capable in applicable programming and software environments, such as Maya, Unity, and Unreal.
Computational Cinematography/Animation/Rendering-Research focus on the design, development, and implementation of animation systems, rigging, deformation, automation and other topics, and/or a focus on the rendering and graphics pipeline including HDR, real-time raytracing, customized rendering systems, and CPU/GPU optimization for visual effects, animation and interactive media across multiple devices and capabilities.
The hiring process for this position may require a criminal background check and/or motor vehicle records check. Any verbal or written offer made is contingent on satisfactory results, as determined by Human Resources.RIT does not discriminate. RIT promotes and values diversity, pluralism and inclusion in the work place. RIT provides equal opportunity to all qualified individuals and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, age, marital status, sex, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, veteran status or disability in its hiring, admissions, educational programs and activities.RIT provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities under the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the New York Human Rights Law, or similar applicable law. If you need reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, and you wish to discuss potential accommodations related to your application for employment at RIT, please contact the Human Resources office at 585-475-2424 or email your request to Careers@rit.edu.
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