Professor of Practice in Sound in Virtual Reality at Aalto University

Aalto University, Finland
Apply by March 13, 2018

The position will be filled on the basis of professional, artistic and academic merits, and the successful candidate will be appointed for a fixed 5-year term with the title of Professor of Practice.

Aalto University is a community of bold thinkers where science and art meet technology and business. We are committed to identifying and solving grand societal challenges and building an innovative future. Aalto University has six schools with nearly 20 000 students and more than 400 professors. Our campuses are located in Espoo and Helsinki, Finland.

Department of Media and Department of Signal Processing and Acoustics invite applications for:

PROFESSOR OF PRACTICE POSITION IN SOUND IN VIRTUAL REALITY

The position will be filled on the basis of professional, artistic and academic merits, and the successful candidate will be appointed for a fixed 5-year term with the title of Professor of Practice.

Aalto Professor of Practice system is intended especially for the fields of art, design and architecture, and is applied to other fields as well. The Professor of Practice position provides departments with the possibility to hire highly respected professionals for opening new areas of teaching and research/ artistic and professional work. The position also provides possibility for re-evaluation and dynamic development of a field.

Professors of Practice are expected to exercise and guide artistic activity and education, and/or research. They are also expected to follow the advances of their field, to participate in service to the Aalto University community, and to take part in societal interaction and international collaboration in their field.

Job description

Research
Methods to reproduce, augment and synthesize virtual auditory spatial scenes would be developed in collaboration with Prof. Ville Pulkki’s group in the department of Signal Processing and Acoustics at the School of Electronical Engineering. The group will be working on, for example, fast machine-learning-based estimation and rendering of room responses for interactive virtual acoustics, on methods to reproduce the spatial distribution of virtual sources and on methods to render spatial audio on surfaces of virtual objects.

Teaching
A major course about Building Virtual Worlds is being planned by Prof. Lily Díaz (Department of Media, School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Aalto ARTS), where the students would be taught the state-of-art methods how to build interactive virtual realities for arbitrary uses. The professor would have major role in developing this cross-school course and in teaching of virtual acoustic techniques within it.

Artistic work
An important task would be to actively collaborate with other Aalto ARTS researchers, in the Department of Media and elsewhere, to introduce and integrate the tools into their research projects. Additionally, the Professor will teach students the theories and practical use of audio technologies in virtual reality, on such a level that is approachable to relevant MA-level students of ARTS. To be able to teach artists in such matters, sensitivity and knowledge towards artistic and design practices is highly desirable.

Requirements
Professor of Practice is considered a professor position subject to external evaluation. Merits in development of spatial audio technologies will be emphasized in the selection process: the applicant is expected to have significant achievements that, in terms of qualifications, are comparable to a doctoral level degree. A good knowledge of signal processing, psychoacoustics and room acoustics is assumed. In addition a good knowledge of contemporary artistic and design practices is beneficial, as well as practical experience in the fields of sound design and virtual reality. Excellent communication skills in English are required.

It is expected that the successful candidate will have broad theoretical and practical knowledge and technical digital media skills (including programming) that enable them to work successfully within an art and design-based academic community. Also the skills in multi-disciplinary education and design are relevant for the position and necessary for the development and understanding of the field of sound design in virtual reality.

The applicants will be reviewed on the basis of the following areas: audio technology, artistic merits, teaching, collaborative skills, and activity and leadership in the artistic or academic community.

Please submit your application through the eRecruitment system no later than on 13 March 2018. The link to the eRecruitment system can be found at the bottom of the page.

General instructions for applicants including evaluation criteria, language requirements and guidelines for compiling CV are given at www.aalto.fi/en/tenure_track/for_applicant.

For additional information

please contact Chairman of Departmental Committee, Professor Philip Dean, email firstname.lastname@aalto.fi. In recruitment process related questions, you may contact HR Coordinator Ilona Kallio, tel. +358 50 524 0728, firstname.lastname@aalto.fi.

Read the whole ad at http://www.aalto.fi/en/about/careers/jobs/view/1715/

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