The University of Kentucky Center for Visualization & Virtual Environments

Vis Center Director Search

Center for Visualization & Virtual Environments

The University of Kentucky’s Center for Visualization & Virtual Environments invites applications from outstanding individuals to serve as Director of the Center. Candidates having an exceptional record of research productivity and who have a demonstrated ability to lead an interdisciplinary unit are encouraged to apply. External applicants will be considered for a tenured faculty position at the associate to full professor level, with the departmental affiliation dependent on the candidate.

Candidates with expertise in any area related to visualization, including but not limited to machine vision, medical imaging, and pattern recognition, will be considered. Successful candidates will have: 1) a clear vision for advancing the Center; 2) experience leading large collaborative proposals; 3) experience managing large and complex budgets; 4) experience with supervising staff; 5) a willingness to work with a wide range of internal and external constituencies; and 6) a commitment to advancing diversity among faculty, staff, and students.

UK offers strong collegial collaboration, with on campus proximity to the Colleges of Architecture, Arts & Sciences, Business and Economics, Dentistry, Education, Engineering, Fine Arts, Medicine, and Pharmacy, and to the UK Hospital. A competitive salary and start-up package will be available, as well as access to excellent core research facilities.

Seeking Applicants for
Professor and Director, Center for Visualization & Virtual Environments

The Vis Center

  • Established in 2003 as a home for interdisciplinary research related to visualization
  • $30M in external funding in last decade
  • Brand new facilities: $18M Davis Marksbury Building
  • Affiliated members include faculty from computer science, engineering, health and medical sciences, education, statistics, arts and humanities, business, architecture, and psychology
  • Talented core staff of 8.5 FTEs, including the Media Group


  • Tenured associate or full professor for qualified individuals
  • Home department negotiable, e.g., Computer Science, ECE, and BME
  • Administrative appointment as Center Director

Goals for position

  • Establish independent research program related to visualization, including but not limited to machine vision, medical imaging, and pattern recognition
  • Expand Center’s interdisciplinary collaborations to secure programmatic research funding and training grants
  • Build upon and grow strong ties to the medical center

Relevant Environment

  • University of Kentucky brought in $264 million in sponsored projects in FY 2013
  • UK is one of a small number of U.S. institutions with a major academic medical center, all six health sciences colleges and the full spectrum of academic colleges on a single campus
  • Colleges of Architecture, Arts & Sciences, Business and Economics, Dentistry, Education, Engineering, Fine Arts, Medicine, and Pharmacy, and the hospital all within a 10min walk
  • State-of-the-art magnetic resonance imaging facilities including 7T ClinScan
  • NIH Center for Clinical and Translational Science and NCI Cancer Center


  • Great schools with public magnet system; top 10 city by Parenting Magazine
  • Excellent benefits highlighted by 2:1 match up to 10% into 403(b)

Timeline: review of applications to begin immediately

Application: apply for position SC549154 on-line

  • Include letter of interest, full CV, research goals, contact info for 3 references

Questions: contact search committee at

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The University of Kentucky is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Sabbatical at Google Helps Faculty Member Explore Research Ideas

Vis Center faculty member Dr. Brent Seales is currently on sabbatical working at Google’s Cultural Institute. He is providing us with a first hand account of the development of Google’s new on-line exhibits of important historical events.

Dr. Seales’ update from Paris, France:

The Google Cultural Institute went live recently with a set of digital exhibits under the theme of “The Fall of the Iron Curtain.”

Why now?  The 23rd anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall on November 9, 1989 was recently celebrated.  Google’s official blog explains more:

The tight cycle between last month’s launch of 42 new exhibits – over a completely new technical platform supporting a user experience within a web browser – and this week’s launch made for an exciting month of intense work for the engineering team.  Beyond launching the themed content in many different languages, the team implemented a channel construct to group exhibits by theme.  Sounds simple and looks/feels absolutely right for the user.  Turns out to be a lot of work on the engineering side to settle some long-term issues now so that the collections can scale up over the next months.

My position as visiting scientist with the Cultural Institute gives me a great view of the process and helps me plan for how research ideas might fit into the development cycles into 2013 and beyond.  Some questions I and others have been asking:  how can the user experience be made more and more compelling?  What kind of tools can be developed that might deliver new information from such a large corpus of information?  Can the process of becoming a partner, adding content, and building exhibits be democratized and scaled up to become available to everyone and anyone?  How can more content be freed to become available for search, exploration, and involvement in story-telling?

I know from experience that there are many fears about releasing content freely and openly.  Yet the stories that many digital assets can portray are powerful and deserve to be heard.  The tearing down of the Berlin Wall twenty three years ago today was an unexpected and miraculous event that opened up a new era of freedom in Germany and Eastern Europe.  It reminds me today of the technical walls that are coming down – barriers of time and space that are lessened through technology, and historical barriers set up around releasing content for study, reflection, enjoyment – for the human experience.

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