Faculty Position in Cinematography and Post Production
Northwestern University in Qatar

Faculty Position in Cinematography & Post Production

Northwestern University in Qatar


Northwestern University in Qatar (NU-Q) invites applications for a full-time faculty position in cinematography and post production to begin August 1, 2020. Northwestern University’s first international campus is a media school grounded in the liberal arts and housed in one of the most advanced and well-equipped communication facilities in the world. NUQ is dedicated to the goal of building a diverse and inclusive academic community, therefore we are especially interested in candidates who have experience working with diverse student populations.


Candidates must hold an MFA in film or equivalent terminal degree, have relevant teaching experience in higher education and have a significant professional production background.  Experience teaching the key competencies of cinematography is expected, i.e. digital camera systems, lighting and set procedures. Experience teaching the key competencies of editing, i.e. aesthetics, theory and media management is also expected. Demonstrated teaching skills in Adobe Premiere Pro is required, while proficiency in one or more of the following areas using Adobe software is preferred: visual effects, motion graphics, color correction, and/or sound design. Additional familiarity working or teaching in any of the following genres is a plus: documentary, narrative, commercials, music videos, and/or video games. The successful candidate will provide evidence of high-quality teaching and have a strong professional creative portfolio.


The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to a multi-disciplinary campus community of research and practice. The person selected will join a highly qualified faculty drawn from NU’s home campus and some of the world’s leading universities and media venues. NU-Q is a highly diverse school with a significant proportion of female students. Combined with faculty and staff, our learning community spans more than 50 countries. Our graduates are employed in top media and strategic communication venues and have a high rate of matriculation to top graduate schools in the U.S, Europe, and Asia. Students benefit from generous travel and research grants.


NU-Q has extensive technical and production facilities including a robotic newsroom, digital innovation lab for AR and VR, edit suites and audio-visual production studios. The school is a member of the World Internet Project and conducts longitudinal research on media use, digital media, and freedom of expression. Located in Doha’s Education City with five other top U.S. universities where academic freedom is assured, NU-Q has partnerships with leading media firms and organizations including Al Jazeera, Doha Film Institute, Qatar Computing Research Institute, Qatar Media Corporation, and the World Cup committee, among other signature academic programs. Faculty work in an integrative environment that includes academic programs in Journalism and Strategic Communication, Media Industries and Technology, as well as Liberal Arts. Executive and graduate education are currently being implemented. A strong Production and Digital Media Services department supports the operational needs of faculty and students.


Compensation includes a highly competitive salary, overseas benefits and allowances, and free housing as well as generous research and faculty development support. Internal research grants are also available. Academic rank will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Taking advantage of NU-Q’s location for travel, faculty participate in major international academic meetings, festivals and industry conferences.


Qatar is a culturally diverse cosmopolitan urban center. It also has a mix of racial, ethnic and expatriate communities. Its capital Doha is home to over 2 million persons representing 94 different nationalities. Qatar has among the lowest crime rates in the world and is a safe destination with political stability.


Applications received by November 20, 2019, will receive the highest priority. The search will continue and applications will be accepted until the position is filled.


To apply, please upload the following to: https://facultyrecruiting.northwestern.edu/apply/NzQ3


  • Cover letter that addresses how the applicant’s experience and credentials align with this position
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of teaching philosophy, with a section that addresses diversity and inclusion in the teaching environment
  • Portfolio materials or link to online portfolio 
  • Three letters of recommendation from academic/professional referees


Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in Qatar.

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