Assistant Professor in 3D Animation

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January 12, 2023
Full Time
Troy, NY

The Department of the Arts and the Program in Games and Simulation Arts & Sciences (GSAS) in the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (HASS) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute invite applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in 3D Animation to begin Fall 2023.

The successful candidate must hold an M.F.A., Ph.D. or foreign degree equivalent in animation, digital art, or a related field and have evidence of successful teaching experience at the collegiate level. A minimum of three years of professional experience with an emerging national reputation as an artist and/or scholar in preferred.

We seek candidates who will guide undergraduate and graduate students in developing technical proficiency, creative vision, and critical perspective in animation, games, and experimental media art.

The ideal candidate will have expertise in one or more digital 3D art areas such as modeling, animation, rigging, visual effects, lighting, rendering, cinematography, technical art, or other related techniques. Experience in one or more of the software applications used in the animation and game development courses is desired, including Maya, ZBrush, Houdini, Blender, Substance Painter, Unity, or Unreal Engine.

The Department of Arts features an integrated and multidisciplinary approach to the musical arts with a focus on the use of experimental techniques and methodologies in artistic conception, creation, and performance. The department offers the B.S. degree in Music and B.S., M.F.A., and Ph.D. degrees in Electronic Arts. For additional information, visit

The program in Games and Simulation Arts and Sciences (GSAS) is a nationally recognized interdisciplinary program with concentrations in computer science, cognitive science, art and animation, music and game audio, management, and game writing and narrative design. GSAS offers a B.S. in Games and Simulation Arts and Sciences and the M.S. and Ph.D. in Critical Game Design. Graduates from the Electronic Arts and GSAS programs have gone on to work at studios such as Disney Animation, Dreamworks Animation, Blizzard, Bethesda Softworks, thatgamecompany, Heart Machine and Rockstar Games, as well as pursuing careers as award-winning media artists, filmmakers, and independent game developers. For additional information, visit

Application instructions

Click the apply button and follow the on-screen prompts to create a brief application and contact information for three (3) references. Please be ready to upload the following required documents:

  1. a letter of interest
  2. a curriculum vitae
  3. a teaching portfolio that includes a teaching statement, a sample syllabus, and evidence of successful teaching at the collegiate level
  4. a diversity statement
  5. a link to your online portfolio

If you need assistance with the online application process, please contact

Application Deadline

To ensure priority consideration, applications should be received by January 30, 2023.

COVID-19 Pandemic Protocols

Rensselaer welcomes undergraduate and graduate students to campus for an in-person academic experience. To support this experience, all faculty and staff are expected to work primarily onsite.

Rensselaer requires all faculty and staff to be vaccinated (and boosted when eligible) against COVID-19. Requests for exemptions for medical or religious reasons will be evaluated on a case by case basis.

We welcome candidates who will bring diverse cultural, ethnic, national and international perspectives to Rensselaer’s work and campus communities.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity, Race/Gender/Veterans/Disability Employer.


Why Rensselaer? Our dynamic global community of changemakers includes some of the world’s leading researchers, students, alumni, and faculty who ask the important questions and devise the scientific and technological innovations that make the world a better place for all of humanity. Nestled on a beautiful 275-acre campus in upstate NY, Rensselaer is home to five schools, 32 research centers, three makerspaces, an observatory, and one of the world’s fastest supercomputers. 

Rensselaer faculty and alumni include more than 145 National Academy members, six members of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, six National Medal of Technology winners, five National Medal of Science winners, three astronauts, and a Nobel Prize winner in Physics. With nearly 200 years of experience advancing scientific and technological knowledge, Rensselaer remains focused on addressing global challenges with a spirit of ingenuity and collaboration. To learn more, please visit

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