Tenure-track faculty search: General


Steve Rosenthal

Steve Rosenthal

Program in Media Arts and Sciences/Media Lab
Cambridge, MA

The MIT Media Lab seeks a new kind of early career faculty member, not defined by discipline, rather by his or her unique and iconoclastic experience, style and points of view. You can be a designer, inventor, scientist, scholar or other – any combination – as long as you make things that matter. Impact is key. 

This means somebody with at least these three sets of characteristics: 

  • Being deeply versed in a minimum of two fields, preferably not ones normally juxtaposed; 
  • Being an orthogonal and counter-intuitive thinker, even a misfit within normal structures; 
  • Having an adventurous personality, boundless optimism, and desire to change the world.

Any disciplines apply as long as their confluence shows promise of solving big, hard, and long-term problems. And, most importantly, candidates must explain why their work really can only be done at the Media Lab. We prefer candidates not be similar to our existing faculty. We welcome applicants who have never considered academic careers.

Successful candidates will:  establish and lead their own research group within the Media Lab; engage in collaborative projects with industrial sponsors and other Media Lab research groups; actively contribute to shaping the open and creative culture that defines our community; supervise masters and doctoral students; and participate in the Media Arts and Sciences academic program.

Appointments will be within the Media Arts and Sciences academic program, principally at the Assistant Professor level.  A doctorate is not necessary, but evidence of extreme creativity is.

To apply, please fill out the application.  Applicants will be asked to upload their CV; link to a personal website; links for three publications; and the names (and contact information) of three references.  A personal statement of no more than two pages should include the applicant’s plans for exploring big ideas and challenging questions, and discuss what the applicant will bring to the Media Lab and how the Lab will enable you to accomplish your goals.

Application deadline: December 1, 2017

MIT and the Media Laboratory have a strong commitment to diversity in education, we especially encourage minorities and women to apply. MIT is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. EOE.

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