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Assistant Professor/Associate without Tenure (tenure-track) faculty search: Transformative Design

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Gabriela Bila and Kent Larson

Gabriela Bila and Kent Larson

The Program in Media Arts and Sciences (MAS) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Cambridge, Massachusetts invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in the area of Transformative Design. We welcome outstanding applicants with research, teaching, and creative practice related to the merging of design, computation, storytelling and societal impact in fields such as architecture, urban planning, graphic design, object design, engineering design, and immersive experience design. We seek candidates who have a bold vision for how design can help solve some of the societal and environmental problems we are facing. We are particularly interested in candidates with the vision and skills to extend human creativity, as well as people whose work champions the use of new tools, new approaches or new materials. 

We seek candidates who can both continue and enhance a long tradition of design innovation at the MIT Media Lab and MAS related to Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), visual information and aesthetics, nature-inspired design, urbanism, biological systems, music and sound, civic media, design justice and more. Faculty duties will include teaching courses at both the graduate and undergraduate levels in topics related to Media Arts and Sciences, conducting original scholarly research in related topics, running a design-oriented research group, supervising and mentoring graduate students, and playing an active role in shaping the cultures of MAS/Media Lab and also of the new Morningside Academy for Design (MAD), the latter centered in the MIT School of Architecture and Planning but extending throughout the Institute and with which the successful candidate would maintain a close relationship. 

MAS believes the intellectual, cultural, and social diversity of our faculty, staff, and students is vitally important to the distinction and excellence of our academic and research programs. We seek candidates who support our institutional commitment to ensuring that MIT is inclusive, equitable, and diverse. This appointment will be at the assistant or untenured associate professor level. Candidates should have a strong record of research, an exceptional grounding in both technology and aesthetics, a willingness to take risks, a desire to look beyond traditional disciplines, and a dedication to making a difference in the world. Applicants should hold an advanced degree in Architecture, Design, Art/Media Studies, Computer Science, Data Science, or a related discipline, or have equivalent professional experience in a field related to design and/or computation by the start of employment. Candidates should have a track record of professional design work; exhibitions, installations and/or performances; and authoring or co-authoring significant and impactful publications. We value candidates with prior experience in, and a strong desire to continue, both teaching and mentoring students. 

To apply, please fill out the application at http://apply.interfolio.com/119662. Applications must include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a research statement (2-4 pages), a teaching statement (1-2 pages), and a design portfolio. In addition, candidates should provide a statement regarding their views on diversity, inclusion, and belonging (1-2 pages). 

Complete applications should be received by March 1, 2023. Each application should include the names and addresses of three or more individuals who will provide letters of recommendation. Letter writers should submit their letters directly to MIT, preferably via the application website or by mailing to the address below. It is the responsibility of the candidate to arrange reference letters to be uploaded to Interfolio by March 8, 2023

Applications will be considered complete only when both the applicant materials and at least three letters of recommendation are received. Send all materials not submitted on the website to: Program in Media Arts and Sciences Search Committee, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; c/o search@media.mit.edu. 

Review of applications will begin immediately. 

MIT is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin. MIT’s full policy on Nondiscrimination can be found here. 

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