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Assistant Professor, Tenure-Track, Interaction Design, Music and Sound
New York University

Date Posted Oct. 18, 2021
Title Assistant Professor, Tenure-Track, Interaction Design, Music and Sound
University New York University
New York, NY, United States
Department Music and Performing Arts Professions
Application Deadline Nov. 15, 2021
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Assistant Professor
  • Engineering - Other
    Computer Science

The New York University Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development’s Music and Audio Research Laboratory (MARL) and Tandon School of Engineering’s Integrated Design & Media (IDM) program invite applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position to begin in September 2022. This is a joint position between the two schools, with the academic home in the NYU Steinhardt Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions and the research home in MARL. We are committed to substantially increasing the proportion of our faculty from historically underrepresented groups as we strive to create the most intellectually diverse, inclusive, and equitable institution that we can, and especially encourage candidates from historically underrepresented groups to apply.

We seek applicants that, through their scholarly activities, can contribute to methods and foundational knowledge in interaction design, with a strong focus on music and sound. We are looking for applicants committed to building their own cross-disciplinary research team and to engaging in collaborative research with others at MARL. Areas of interest include but are not limited to: sound within assistive technology, adaptive and inclusive design; uses for audio, sound, and interaction that broaden participation in computing; gestural and haptic control of sound including new interfaces for musical expression; as well as music and sound within immersive environments, computer-supported collaborative work and social computing, human-robot interaction, data sonification, auditory display, and human-in-the-loop computing. Research active candidates in other areas at the intersection of music, sound, and interactivity are encouraged to apply.

Conduct an active program of sponsored research engaging public funding sources (e.g. NSF, NIH), industry partners, and/or entrepreneurial activities, with a goal of making regular, high-impact contributions to research in publications in top-tier scientific venues, code, data and other resources. The successful candidate will be expected to support and mentor a group of undergraduate, masters and doctoral students, and to be a leading member of the MARL and IDM research communities. The ideal candidate will have an active commitment to scholarly work with significant potential to benefit society, and to broadening participation in STEM scholarship, via outreach programs, partnerships with local communities and organizations, and/or participatory research with citizen scientists. Candidates will contribute to the teaching mission of NYU by teaching and advising undergraduate and graduate students, developing interdisciplinary courses; and leading seminars, workshops, and other public programming for students/faculty/community members. The candidate will participate in faculty meetings and serve on department, school and/or university committees.

A doctoral degree in computer science, engineering, digital media, music technology or a closely related field conferred by the time the position starts. A demonstrated commitment to excellence in research as exemplified by scientific publications, code, data and other products. Experience in teaching and mentoring, public programming and fundraising is desirable but not required.

Broadening Participation:
We are deeply committed to broadening participation in scholarship at the intersection of STEM and the arts. Collectively we run and participate in various outreach programs for middle-, high-school, undergraduate and graduate students to experience STEM, music and sound research and education, including the Girls Electronic Music Stars (GEMS) program, the Sounds of New York City (SONYC) K12 workshop, the Applied Research Innovations in Science (ARISE) program, the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program sponsored by the National Science Foundation, and the Society of Women in Technology (SWITCH) initiative. These activities have served hundreds of students, a majority of whom self-identify as women and more than a third as BIPOC. The MARL community has made significant progress in replicating those trends for PhD students, researchers and staff, while in IDM the majority of faculty and students are women. Our communities firmly believe in the role STEM and creativity can play in affecting social change, and have proudly developed and hosted conferences, hackathons, and days of action around diversity, inclusion and equity in creative technology, design for disability, immigrant rights, as well as health and quality of life issues for urban citizens. Much of this work is done in partnership with local government, non-profit arts and advocacy organizations.

Application Instructions:
Please submit

Cover letter
Curriculum vitae
Research statement
Teaching statement
Diversity statement (describing how you address diversity and inclusion in the scope of your teaching, mentoring and broader work)
Names and contact information for three references

Review of applications will begin November 15, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. Candidates are encouraged to apply by the deadline to ensure full consideration. Additional information about the position can be obtained from the search committee co-chairs: Professor Juan Pablo Bello at, and Professor R. Luke DuBois at

About us:
NYU Steinhardt: Our mission is to advance knowledge, creativity, and innovation at the crossroads of culture, education, and human development. We have award-winning faculty and alumni engaged in ground-breaking research and artistic creation, at the cutting edge of their professions. The NYU Steinhardt Music Technology program is one of the premier programs nationally and internationally at the intersection of music, sound, audio technology, and psychology and cognitive neuroscience, with over 200 active students and a thriving graduate program. The Music and Audio Research Lab (MARL) is a school center bringing together scholars from a variety of disciplines to explore the intersection between music, sound, technology and science. The center currently agglomerates the research activities of faculty, post-doctoral researchers, and doctoral, master and undergraduate students from disciplines such as music technology, theory, composition and education, computer and data science, electrical engineering, psychology, digital media and urban science. We seek to improve our understanding of the cognitive neuroscience of music and sound; to develop cutting edge methods for acoustic data collection, machine listening and computational analysis; to advance research in new modes of sound immersion and interaction; and to innovate music creativity and education through technology.

NYU Tandon: Our mission is to excel in research, teaching, and entrepreneurship. We aim to inspire and educate engineers for the 21st century. NYU Tandon faculty are world renowned leaders in science and technology, with a strong commitment to research, innovation, and entrepreneurship that make a difference in the world, and to create a climate where diversity and inclusion are not only appreciated but considered an asset for creativity and innovation. We take pride in our high numbers of female students and students who are the first in their family to go to college. Integrated Design & Media (IDM) is NYU Tandon’s design and critical media program, and nurtures a convergence of expertise through experimental creative practice, technical acumen, and rigorous process. IDM explores a spectrum of digital media practices including UI/UX design, physical computing, interaction design, human-computer interfaces, data visualization, game design, and arts research. IDM utilizes these technologies in support of human values and interdependence, applying them to projects that promote equity and equality.

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