Job: Associate Director, Center for Immersive Experiences at Penn State University

Call for Applications:

Associate Director, Center for Immersive Experiences
Pennsylvania State University
University Park Campus–Center-for-Immersive-Experiences_REQ_0000004529-1

Review of applications will be begin September 1, 2020


Penn State’s Center for Immersive Experiences (CIE; is seeking to fill the position of associate director. CIE is a Penn State signature initiative with university-wide participation of 12 colleges and research units and is an affiliated center of the Institute for Computational and Data Science (ICDS).

The Associate Director will be appointed as an Assistant/Associate Research Professor based upon experience and is expected to have their faculty home in the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications. They will work directly with the Center Director and coordinate research activities of vibrant, multidisciplinary teams funded or facilitated by CIE. CIE is committed to a range of topics that see transformative changes due to the paradigm-shifting nature of immersive technologies.

Example projects include:

  • advancing the science of immersive technologies and experiences through rigorous empirical evaluations
  • development of new technologies for interpreting research in other areas of expertise
  • designing immersive technologies for education, communication, and decision-making, as well as explorations of synergies of emerging technologies such as XR and AI.

The Associate Director will have excellent organizational skills, a broad understanding of immersive technologies, and a scientific approach to immersive experiences. The ideal candidate must be adaptable and capable of thriving in a rapidly changing environment, where new approaches and technologies may change quickly. In addition, a proven track record of academic publications related to immersive technologies and experiences with grant proposal writing is a major advantage for this position.

The Associate Director can have a range of qualifications and can come from several different backgrounds, such as communications/communication science, computer science, engineering, GIScience, landscape architecture/architecture, education, or psychology. A successful candidate will have an interest in applying immersive technologies and experiences across a range of disciplines, and will be open to new, emerging opportunities.

This position will be filled as a one-year faculty appointment with an excellent possibility of renewal. The position is a full-time, benefits-eligible academic appointment. Eligibility for benefits is contingent on the applicant’s citizenship or work authorization. Applicants will be considered for an Assistant or Associate Research Professor Faculty rank commensurate with their education and experience. Successful applicants should have a terminal degree in a related discipline.

The following documents should be submitted with the application: cover letter (no more than two pages), CV/resume (include two page summary), link to a portfolio of projects/experiences (if applicable), links for up to three scientific publications, and contact information for three academic references (letter writers). Review of applications will be begin Sept. 1, in hopes that the successful candidate can begin work in January 2021 if possible. Start date is negotiable.

For questions about the position, please contact Dr. Alex Klippel ( Application materials should be uploaded through

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Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applications without regards to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identify, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. If you are unable to use our online application process due to an impairment or disability, please contact 814-865-1473.

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