003808-2017 - Assistant Professor in Computer Animation


The Department of Computer Graphics Technology at Purdue University has a full-time opening on the West Lafayette, Indiana campus, beginning in August 2018. This position is for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Computer Animation.

Principal Duties

The candidate for this position will teach and develop undergraduate and graduate courses, conduct research, mentor and advise graduate students, and perform service for the department, university, and discipline. The candidate will be required to develop and teach a variety of courses including but not limited to 3D Modeling, 2D and 3D Animation, Physically based Animation, Coding for Animation, Motion Graphics, Lighting, Texturing and Rendering, Rigging, Simulation, and other subjects in the Animation curriculum.


The successful candidate must demonstrate excellence in the practice of animation production, as well as have a defined, solid research agenda in the field of computer animation. The candidate will be expected to teach animation related topics in an intensely active learning-based environment in which innovative pedagogy, creative assignments, diversity of background and opinion, and excellence in student work are paramount. A primary responsibility of the candidate will be to help create and implement a curricular vision that will expand the animation program quality and reach. Candidates will be expected to maintain an active research agenda as well as a robust funding program to support their research. The candidate will also be expected to serve the university community by participating in committees, recruiting activities, student advising, engagement efforts with industry, develop curricular materials and laboratory experiences, and assessment activities intended to maintain accreditation. Applicants must have a MFA or earned PhD in Animation or a related field such as Film and Media Arts, Computer Graphics, Visual Communication, Computer Science, or a related discipline. Industry experience and credited work are strongly preferred.

Application Procedure

All application materials should be submitted to brown650@purdue.edu with the subject line: Animation Assistant Professor Position ô West Lafayette ô Positing 003808-2017

A complete application includes:

  1. A cover letter addressed to the chair of the search committee (Prof. Nicoletta Adamo)
  2. A resume or CV
  3. A clear statement of teaching and research interests
  4. A personal practice portfolio (in digital format)
  5. Samples of students’ work (if applicable)
  6. The names of three references

Preferential deadline is 12/10/2017, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

A background check is required for employment in this position. Purdue’s main campus is located in West Lafayette, Indiana, a welcoming and diverse community with a wide variety of cultural activities and events and industries.

Purdue University’s Department of Computer Graphics Technology is committed to advancing diversity in all areas of faculty effort, including scholarship, instruction, and engagement. Candidates should address at least one of these areas in their cover letter, indicating their past experiences, current interests or activities, and/or future goals to promote a climate that values diversity and inclusion.  

Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.


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