Scientist-in-Residence: Visiting Faculty Position in the Natural Sciences in the Department of Liberal Arts 

The Department of Liberal Arts at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) invites applications for a Scientist-in-Residence visiting faculty position, beginning August 2018. SAIC seeks an active research scientist who works in the areas of ecology, environmental science, sustainability, or earth systems sciences. Per course rate is competitive with peer institutions. Housing may be provided for the period of the residency.

The SAIC Scientist-in-Residence program is an opportunity to broaden interdisciplinary exchange and promote innovative science education for non-science audiences by bringing a leading researcher in a STEM field to campus for one semester. The School is home to leading interdisciplinary scholarship, practice, and pedagogy that supports diverse engagement on the relationships between art, science, design, and technology. We host an ongoing Conversations on Art and Science event series that brings artists, scientists, and scholars to campus for lectures and panel discussions. Faculty and student projects, as well as experimental collaborative courses at the School, regularly bring artists and scientists into conversation with one another.  Further information about the department can be found at

The Scientist-in-Residence teaches undergraduate students within the interdisciplinary art and design school environment of SAIC. The Scientist-in-Residence typically teaches two sections of a science course of their own design, gives a public lecture, is available for weekly school-wide office hours, and serves on one end-of-semester critique panel for Master of Fine Arts students. The position is well suited to individuals who have some flexibility in their research work due to a career transition or sabbatical, or who are able to perform their own research on a part-time basis or remotely for a few months.

A PhD in the natural sciences is required. Candidates should have achieved substantial recognition for high-quality research within their STEM field (including an established publication record), and possess both passion and skill for sharing their understanding of scientific research with non-experts. For this residency period, those working within any subfield of ecology, environmental science, sustainability, or the earth systems sciences are invited to apply.  The ideal candidate will contribute to the diversity of the School by bringing a perspective, way of thinking, and/or a unique set of experiences that expand the intellectual conversations and design practices in the field.

On or before Thursday, February 1, 2018 please submit application materials via You will be asked to create an account after which time you may complete the application comprised of fill-in fields and uploaded documents. SAIC will underwrite the application fees; you will not be charged to apply for the position. You are encouraged to begin the application well before the deadline. No applications may be submitted beyond the deadline for any reason.

Complete the fields for: educational background, current position, and contact information for two professional references.

Please convert all word documents into PDFs before uploading. Required files to upload include:  résumé or curriculum vitae; a brief summary of current research; a one- to two-page statement of interest in interdisciplinary exchange with the art and design community (please include your thoughts on teaching to a diverse student body and creating an inclusive learning environment); a one-page description for a class you would like to teach.

Questions about this position, application procedures, or the search process may be emailed to Please consult for information on the School and its programs.

For more than 150 years, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) has been a leader in educating the world’s most influential artists, designers, and scholars. Located in downtown Chicago with a fine arts graduate program consistently ranking among the top programs in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, SAIC provides an interdisciplinary approach to art and design as well as world-class resources, including the Art Institute of Chicago museum, on-campus galleries, and state-of-the-art facilities. SAIC’s undergraduate, graduate, and post-baccalaureate students have the freedom to take risks and create the bold ideas that transform Chicago and the world—as seen through notable alumni and faculty such as Michelle Grabner, David Sedaris, Elizabeth Murray, Richard Hunt, Georgia O’Keeffe, Cynthia Rowley, Nick Cave, Jeff Koons, and LeRoy Neiman. 

Degree tracks include the Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Art History, BA in Visual and Critical Studies, Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Studio, BFA with an emphasis in Art Education, BFA with an emphasis in Writing, Master of Architecture (MArch), MArch

with an emphasis in Interior Architecture, Master of Arts in Arts Administration and Policy, MA in Art Education, MA in Art Therapy and Counseling, MA in Modern and Contemporary Art History, MA in New Arts Journalism, MA in Teaching, MA in Visual and Critical Studies, Master of Design (MDes) in Designed Objects, MDes in Fashion, Body and Garment, Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Studio, MFA in Writing, Master of Science in Historic Preservation, Dual Degree: MA in Arts Administration and Policy and MA in Modern and Contemporary Art History, Low-Residency MFA, Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Studio, and Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Fashion, Body and Garment. 

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