Job Opening: Programmer/Developer (Fine Arts) Canadian Foundation for Innovation Research

POSTED BY: Mark Tribe | Thu Jul 10th, 2003 11:44 a.m.

Job Opening: Programmer/Developer (Fine Arts)
Canadian Foundation for Innovation Research Project:
"Enabling Interactive Futures: Creating Meaningful Applications for High-Speed Networks."
Dr. Steve Gibson, Principal Investigator, Associate Professor, Department of Visual Arts, University of Victoria, BC, CANADA.

In collaboration with:
Dr. John Celona, Associate Dean of Fine Arts, University of Victoria;
Will Bauer, Adjunct Professor, Theatre Department, University of Alberta, and President of APR Inc. (;
Michael Bussiere, Director, Sonic Design Interactive (

Start date:
Sept. 1, 2003.
4 years (renewal possible).

Work load:
circa 30 hours per week.

Doctorate earned or Postdoctoral - $40,000 per annum, including benefits.
Masters earned or Doctoral student - $35,000 per annum, including benefits.
Bachelors earned or Masters student - $30,000 per annum, including benefits.

Job description:
This position is in support of a research project sponsored by the Canadian Foundation for Innovation ( The project involves the set-up and development of a two high-speed, networked, multi-user audio-visual studios in Fine Arts and Visual Arts at University of Victoria. The studios will used to develop and test real-time interactive networked art projects. The successful candidate will be responsible for installing and maintaining equipment related to the project, as well as providing programming solutions for networked multimedia applications.

In Enabling Interactive Futures the principal investigator and his team will be involved in specific projects that make use of high-speed networks for the real-time sharing of tasks. Examples of the research projects that will be undertaken include:

1. Interactive real-time networked musical performance over large distances.
2. Interactive environments using the Martin Lighting Director in several locations to allow remote users to connect with each other and perform a variety of tasks, from playing on-line spatially-controlled games, to navigating educational databases, to experiencing interactive films.
3. Interactive databases that explore new ways of sharing real-time information over networks, using UDP, TCP or other protocols for use in a IP routed deployment.

The successful candidate will have a minimum of a Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts, Digital Arts, Media and Communications, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or equivalent experience. A Masters degree is preferred. The successful candidate will have an intimate familiarity with Mac and PC Operating Systems, hardware, and audio-visual peripheral devices. A thorough knowledge of networking software and networking in general, including UDP and TCP/IP protocols, is also essential. A knowledge of Unix would be an asset.

The successful candidate will also have a broad knowledge of digital video and audio, including the following software: Final Cut Pro, Macromedia Director, Digital Performer, Reason. A general familiarity with Lingo programming for Macromedia Director is essential. A knowledge of programming languages such as C, C++, or Visual Basic, as well as video conferencing platforms such as Polycom h.323 or linux protocols such as ISABEL, would be considered an asset.

The successful candidate will report directly to the principal investigator, and will support the activities of the entire team as required. The candidate will also be expected to work intimately with the technicians in the Faculty of Fine Arts to maintain the network facility. The successful candidate will be expected to complete all projects on schedule and should be familiar with working to strict deadlines.

General Duties:
1. Provide technical assistance to the research partners in the area of multimedia including Mac and PC computers, digital video and peripherals, digital audio and peripherals, and robot lighting.
2. Provide technical assistance for the Martin Lighting Director virtual reality tracking system. (
3. Maintenance and tracking of multimedia equipment including digital video, lighting, and computing.
4. Provide networking programming solutions for the creation of multi-user networked environments.
5. Demonstrating research results at conferences and symposia.

Please submit an application letter and Curriculum Vitae (with three listed references) by August 1, 2003 to:

Dr. Steve Gibson
Digital Multimedia, Visual Arts
University of Victoria
Victoria, BC CANADA V8W 2Y2
Fax: +1-250-721-6595
E mail:
E mail applications are encouraged in MS Word 98 or Rich Text formats.
Dr. Steve Gibson, Assistant Professor, Digital Media
Visual Arts, Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Victoria
Victoria, BC V8W 2Y2 Canada

Voice: +1-250-721-8017 or +1-250-920-7722
Fax: +1-250-721-6595
E mail: or