Associate Professor / Assistant Professor in Digital Art
Deadline: October 29, 2018
Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences
Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences (INN University) is home to over 14,000 students and 1,000 employees, and has campuses in Lillehammer, Hamar, Elverum, Rena, Evenstad and Blæstad.
INN University aspires to build strong and enduring academic and research environments that will spearhead regionally, nationally and internationally. We are developing a new and better institution with high academic and pedagogical quality, aiming at achieving university accreditation by 2020.
Our vision is "Stronger Together".
100% permanent position as Associate Professor/Assistant Professor in Digital Art, Department of Game Devlopment - Game School.
The Department of Game Development – Game School is part of the Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences. Our campus is located in Hamar, Norway near the beautiful lake Mjøsa, and is connected to an industry-standard motion capture studio and a state-of-the-art VR Centre.
At the Department, we are more than 14 enthusiastic teachers supported by a growing number of contract employees. We have an international vision, putting students at the heart of what we do. Our Department offers industry focused courses in Game Technology and Simulation, Animation and game related Digital Art, Virtual and Augmented Reality and Gamification. The department currently has 280 students enrolled in our Bachelor’s Degree in Game Technology and Simulation, the Bachelor’s Degree in Animation and Digital Art and an Add-on program in Virtual and Augmented Reality. Based on an interdisciplinary approach the study program forms a comprehensive craft-centric unit, preparing students for extensive collaborative productions. Besides education, the school plays a major role in fostering an agile game community through its events and activities. These include the Global Game Jam Hamar, attracting over 240 participants in 2018. There is also a vibrant exchange with numerous local indie game startups having their roots in our education programs.
VR/AR and game companies are important for the development of the region. The university is receiving significant support from our local authorities as well as private companies. In May 2018 the University, together with EON Reality Norway and other companies opened an interactive digital center for VR and motion capture called PARK.
The position will entail work linked to teaching, supervision and research in Motion Graphics, VR, AR, 3D modeling and rigging and related areas within the study programs. The teaching assigned to the position will comprise teaching and supervision mainly for bachelor’s degree students, but there might also be teaching of master’s degree students. Other research and teaching duties linked to projects and commissions may arise.
The person employed shall contribute to the further development of the department's study programs, research profile and academic community, in addition to entering extensive research/development projects.
The preferred applicant must have experience in practice and carried out their own productions. Expertise and knowledge about the production pipeline in the contemporary videogame industry will be regarded as positive. It is also desirable that the applicant has professional experience in videogame development and is able to transfer this competence into new contexts.
Emphasis is on the applicant’s ability to reflect around his/her subject areas, experience in applied research, collaboration with the games and/or animation industry, businesses and commercialization, as well as teaching experience.
The person employed shall contribute to the further development of the department’s study programs, research profile and academic community, in addition to entering extensive research/development projects.
Preferred experience, development and/or research in Digital Art within:
- Videogames (for example serious games, entertainment, edutainment, VR and AR, engineering, education)
- Concept Art
- Motion Graphics
- VR and AR
- 3D modeling and rigging
A doctoral degree or equivalent qualification in the subject area is required for employment as Associate Professor. Applicants with a master’s degree may have their work and experience evaluated in relation to the criteria for Assistant Professor. For more information about formal qualification criteria, see Regulations concerning appointment and promotion to teaching and research posts. In addition, documentation of relevant practical pedagogical competence based on education or teaching and supervision is required. New members of staff in teaching and research positions have to attend a compulsory internal course in higher education pedagogy (15 credits) if they do not already have adequate pedagogical education. The person employed must have professional working proficiency in English, both oral and written. The teaching and working language will be in both English and Norwegian. For international employees lectures can be held in English. The add-on programin Virtual and Augmented Reality will be taught in English.
Personal suitability is important, especially good abilities in creating, taking part in and carrying out processes and academic development. The candidate must also contribute to collaboration with both internal and external partners. Special qualifications in teaching andpedagogical activity are desirable.
How to apply
The application should include:
- Professional statement, including the reason why applying for the position
- Comprehensive C.V.
- Artistic productions (portfolio, demo reel or similar)
- List of works contained in the portfolio, including working links, websites, production year and context
- Creative productions/collaborations
- Technical competence/qualifications
- Research specialization/research area (if applicable)
- PHD content (if applicable)
- Past and present papers (if applicable)
- Pedagogic education (if applicable)
- Pedagogic production and praxis
- Teaching method/experience
- Current position
- Other relevant praxis
You are welcome to write the application in Norwegian if you prefer.
Applicants for permanent positions should enclose documents such as certificates, research statements, teaching portfolios, and details of publications, to be uploaded via the application portal, for the appraisal of the assessment committee.
The position is remunerated according to code 1011/1198 Associate Professor or 1008 Assistant Professor, salary level 60-70 on the Norwegian State salary scale, currently NOK 509 100 - 613 500 per year. Previous work experience will be taken into account when deciding placement on the salary scale. For especially qualified candidates higher remuneration may be considered. Personal insurance is included. A percentage of the salary will be deducted each month as an obligatory premium to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.
- Marit Berg Strandvik Head of Department, phone: +47 62 51 77 84
- Bård Gunnerud-Åhlen, Cell-Phone: +47 97 00 91 47