Career Opportunities

Who We Are

Academic Innovation is a strategic priority for the University of Michigan. Through curricular innovation, educational data and research, and tools for learning, Academic Innovation aims to shape the future of learning and redefine public residential education at a 21st century research university by unlocking new opportunities for the University of Michigan community and learners around the world. University of Michigan has over 100 grad programs in the top 10, over 260 degree programs, more than 540,000 alumni worldwide and is the #1 public research university in the US (U-M Facts & Figures).

Who You Are

You are an intellectually curious, creative problem solver. You lead by listening, by collaborating, and by encouraging. You challenge yourself and your collaborators to think about risk while identifying pathways to maximize impact and enable excellence. You have experience taking an initial concept and helping an organization and community to realize its potential.

The Extended Reality (XR) Initiative is offering a Fall 2020 fellowship opportunity that is available to University of Michigan undergraduates and graduate students. You can read more about AI and its guiding principles by visiting ai.umich.edu.

Who we’re looking for

We’re looking for well-rounded, driven and flexible fellows to help us design and test Augmented and Virtual Reality applications that enhance the residential education experience and facilitate engaged and personalized learning at the University of Michigan. The XR fellows will be assisting with the first round of XR Innovation projects.

Duties:

The fellowship will involve playing an active role in the XR development team. XR Fellows will create 3D models, textures, animations, and visual effects to be used in XR projects. Fellows will collaborate with XR developers, designers, Faculty, and Graduate Students to bring to life projects for the XR Innovation Fund.

General requirements for all our fellows include:

  • Working well independently in a multicultural and collaborative environment
  • Working well in an environment with rapidly changing requirements and priorities
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

Specific requirements for the XR 3D Artist fellowship are as follows:

Required Qualifications:

  • Degree or experience in Human Computer Interaction, User Experience Design, Graphic Design and/or Research, computer science, or related fields
  • Strong portfolio with high quality ideation and design, 3D modeling and/or animation
  • Excellent creativity and artistic skills

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience with
    • Image editing software (Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator or other relevant software)
    • 3D Modeling/Animation software (3ds Max, Maya, Blender, Cinema 4D or other relevant software)
  • Bonus if experience using Unreal Engine or Unity
  • Working in teams to support large projects
  • An eye for composition, realism, texture, color, and lighting.
  • Good communication and teamwork skills.
  • Excellent time management skills.

Hours:

10-30 hours per week (flexible hours)

 

Start Date:

September 2020

 

End Date:

December 2020 with possibility of continuing into the Winter

 

Deadline for Applications:

If you are interested, please contact reidma@umich.edu  and provide a copy of your resume, portfolio link, and any other materials you would like us to consider.

The Extended Reality (XR) Initiative is offering a Fall 2020 fellowship opportunity that is available to University of Michigan undergraduates and graduate students. You can read more about AI and its guiding principles by visiting ai.umich.edu.

Who we’re looking for

We’re looking for well-rounded, driven and flexible fellows to help us design and test Augmented and Virtual Reality applications that enhance the residential education experience and facilitate engaged and personalized learning at the University of Michigan. The XR fellows will be assisting with the first round of XR Innovation projects.

Duties:

The fellowship will involve playing an active role in the XR development team. XR Fellows will sketch prototypes and designs and create and test software across the XR development stack.

General requirements for all our fellows include:

  • Working well independently in a multicultural and collaborative environment
  • Working well in an environment with rapidly changing requirements and priorities
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

Specific requirements for the XR Designer fellowship are as follows:

Required Qualifications:

  • Degree or experience in Human Computer Interaction, User Experience Design and/or Research, computer science, or related fields
  • Strong portfolio with high quality ideation and design
  • Excellent visual design skills

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience with
    • 3D modeling and animation tools
    • User Experience sketching and prototyping for Augmented and Virtual Reality
    • Wireframing and prototyping software (Sketch, Axure, Balsamiq, Adobe CS, Invision)
    • Storyboarding tools (Figma, Adobe XD)
    • Designing test cases and conducting usability tests
    • Working in teams to support large projects

Hours:

10-30 hours per week (flexible hours)

 

Start Date:

September 2020

 

End Date:

December 2020 with possibility of continuing into the Winter

 

Deadline for Applications:

If you are interested, please contact reidma@umich.edu  and provide a copy of your resume, portfolio link, and any other materials you would like us to consider.

The Extended Reality (XR) Initiative is offering a Fall 2020 fellowship opportunity that is available to University of Michigan undergraduates and graduate students. You can read more about AI and its guiding principles by visiting ai.umich.edu.

Who we’re looking for

We’re looking for well-rounded, driven and flexible fellows to help us design and develop Augmented and Virtual Reality applications that enhance the residential education experience and facilitate engaged and personalized learning at the University of Michigan. The XR fellows will be assisting with the first round of XR Innovation projects.

Duties:

The fellowship will involve playing an active role in the XR development team. XR fellows will help with the software design and development for XR Innovation projects. Fellows will be responsible for working with XR Developers to write code and create modules for XR production.

General requirements for all our fellows include:

  • Working well independently in a multicultural and collaborative environment
  • Working well in an environment with rapidly changing requirements and priorities
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Strong coding and documentation skills

Specific requirements for the XR Developer fellowship are as follows:

Required Qualifications:

  • Degree or experience in computer science, computer engineering, or related field
  • Significant experience with Unity, Unreal, WebXR, or equivalent XR development technologies

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience with
    • 3D modeling and animation tools
    • Testing
    • C++, C# or JavaScript
    • Source Control and code commenting
    • Working in teams to support large projects

Hours:

10-30 hours per week (flexible hours)

 

Start Date:

September 2020

 

End Date:

December 2020 with possibility of continuing into the Winter

 

Deadline for Applications:

If you are interested, please contact reidma@umich.edu  and provide a copy of your resume, portfolio link, and any other materials you would like us to consider.

Working in the Center for Academic Innovation means you’re a part of a diverse team with many values to guide our continued growth and success.

We value boldness and humility.

Boldness generates new solutions to emerging and age-old problems. Humility ensures we respect and learn from previous efforts and listen to all stakeholders when designing solutions.

We value creativity and process.

Although some may see creativity as anathema to process, we recognize that disciplined processes allow and are necessary for creativity. Effective design management supports a culture of creativity and innovation in learning.

We value risk taking and tradition.

Universities are at their best when they balance the creation of new ideas, technologies, and forms of expression with the protection of cultural heritage and knowledge. In designing elegant solutions to problems in higher education, we see value in taking thoughtful risks in order to question the present and position for the future while honoring our past.

We value personalization and scale.

One-on-one models of education are highly effective, but have, historically, not been scaleable. We aim to create effective tools, pedagogies, and learning experiences that meet the diverse needs of each learner regardless of the scale of the effort

We value openness.

As part of a public research university, we prioritize serving our local, state, and global communities rather than our own interests. When given the choice, our work products will be fully available for other organizations and individuals to learn from, reuse, and remix.

Working for the University of Michigan also means a competitive benefits package including a variety of health and wellness programs.

Why Should You Live Here?

“Ann Arbor is many things, including a bustling university town, culinary hotspot, and a tech hub with a walkable downtown that includes world-class arts and culture…Ann Arbor lies at the center of a greater collection of communities in Washtenaw County. With so many thriving communities nearby, Ann Arbor has become a cultural melting pot and urban oasis.”

– Annarbor.org

At the Center for Academic Innovation, we believe your growth makes our team stronger and our mission achievable. That is why we provide dedicated time for professional development, opportunities to work across domains, and funding to deepen your knowledge and expand your skills.

The University of Michigan recognizes that people are our most important resource for sustaining excellent teaching, research and service. To enhance the ability of staff members to contribute to their departments and to provide career satisfaction for productive employees, the University is committed to supporting ongoing staff development for any staff member. Staff development is defined as growth in an individual’s knowledge, skill, and personal effectiveness.

A University goal is for all staff members to make the maximum contribution to their departments, while having opportunities to develop their talents, to acquire and use new skills, and thus to achieve greater career effectiveness and satisfaction. Career development opportunities include mentoring as well as informal and formal training.

For more information visit: https://hr.umich.edu/working-u-m