Technical Art Teaching Track Faculty Position
Entertainment Technology Center
Carnegie Mellon University

Are you a passionate mentor and advisor who loves to guide students? Are you interested in working with some of the brightest students who come from computer science, art, and other varied backgrounds? Then we are looking for someone like you.

The Entertainment Technology Center at Carnegie Mellon University seeks exemplary applicants for a teaching track Technical Art faculty position specializing in shader programming, tool scripting, and special effects.

You are encouraged to contribute to teaching our core Project course, supervising student teams in their project course work, and critiquing student work from the point of view of technical art. Additionally, you are will teach one to two elective Technical Art courses a year. We are looking for someone to contribute to our teaching mission, be a passionate mentor and advisor, and serve with colleagues to help promote the general success of the department. Your role bridges the gap between artists and programmers to help students work well on interdisciplinary teams.

Your responsibilities will include:

·       Teach, with co-faculty, the semester ETC Project Course. Supervise students within their project teams of typically 4-6 students and provide constructive criticism on project materials;

·       Hold office hours each week to help students;

·       Be a mentor to incoming students and assist their professional growth, particularly related to technical art and preparing for careers in technical art;

·       Teach one to two elective classes per year preferably in the areas of Programming Shaders for Games, Computer Graphics, Tool Scripting for Games and Animation, or Special Effects with Houdini;

·       Attend presentations, faculty meetings, and program events.

Qualifications:

We are seeking individuals who hold a BS or BA in a relevant discipline and have solid industrial experience of five or more years supporting the technical aspects of game art development. Additionally, you should meet the following requirements:

·       Strong verbal and written communication skills;

·       Strong collaboration and interpersonal skills;

·       In-depth understanding of technologies related to at least two of the following:

o   Shaders;

o   Computer Graphics;

o   Tools Programming;

o   Special Effects.

·       Familiarity with scripting in one or more of HLSL, C#, MEL, Python;

·       In-depth knowledge of at least two of the following:

o   Maya or 3D Studio Max;

o   Houdini;

o   Unity.

Preferred additional skills include:

·       Experience creating special effects in games;

·       Scripting experience with multiple toolkits and languages;

·       Knowledge of Unreal Engine 4;

·       Experience building tools to improve the game development pipeline;

·       Experience writing shaders.

Carnegie Mellon offers highly competitive salaries and start-up packages in an attractive urban environment frequently rated as one of the most livable in the U.S. The Entertainment Technology Center is committed to building a diverse faculty within an increasingly broad university community, and we strongly encourage applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and other underrepresented groups. We also work actively to meet the needs of dual-career couples.

Application Instructions

Review of applications will begin immediately and reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled; we encourage early submissions.

Applications must be in PDF format and include (1) resume that highlights professional software development work in the listed areas of interest, (2) teaching and creative interest statement, (3) the names and email addresses of three or more individuals who can be asked to provide letters of reference. The Search Committee will not directly request letters until the final round of the process. Please reference the ETC in your cover letter for the position.

All applications must be submitted through Interfolio: https://apply.interfolio.com/69880

About Carnegie Mellon University Entertainment Technology Center

The Carnegie Mellon University, located in Pittsburgh, PA is a major research university of approximately 13,000 students, consistently ranked as one of the top research universities on the globe by US News and World Report. The Entertainment Technology Center (ETC) offers a two-year professional graduate Masters in Entertainment Technology program. Each year, an incoming class of 75-80 students pursues an educational experience addressing their professional development through applied research on interdisciplinary projects. Founded in 1998, the ETC has over 1,000 alumni whose achievements help illustrate the solid basis of the ETC’s curriculum. For more information, please visit https://www.etc.cmu.edu/

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