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Assistant Professor - in Human Augmentation

Recruitment Period

Open date: January 22nd, 2019
Last review date: Friday, Mar 1, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Final date: Sunday, Jun 30, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


We invite applications for an Assistant Professor position in the Cognitive Science Department. We are interested in those with a research program to advance the science behind augmenting cognition, both to compensate for diminished capacity or to enhance normal cognition in such areas as reasoning, decision-making, memory, attention, perception, motivation, creativity and emotion regulation. Topics include but are not limited to:

• Research on cognitive absorption of tools,
• Smart on-body or in-body sensors and actuators,
• Wearable and body sensor networks,
• Augmented reality that enhances cognitive processes,
• Wearable / embeddable cognitive prostheses,
• Neural implants for enhancing memory, attention etc.,
• Statistical tools that can be incorporated into an on-body form to extract insight from complex sensor data

Engineering projects that incorporate sensing and AI are of interest as long as they incorporate fluid interaction and rely on a knowledgeable methodology showing the scientific basis for the mind-part and how it can be validly evaluated as a successful cognitive augmentation.

The successful candidate will be expected to teach and supervise students, primarily at the undergraduate and graduate level, in topics related to their area of expertise in the Cognitive Science Department and conduct extramurally funded research.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent doctorate degree in cognitive science, engineering, computer science or related fields to augmenting by the start date of the position. The preferred candidate will have strong demonstrated accomplishments in areas contributing to diversity, equity and inclusion, and a desire to play a leadership role in advancing UC San Diego’s commitment to achieving excellence and diversity.

Candidates should submit, via online application to JPF02008 with
(a) a short cover letter describing background and interests
(b) vita
(c) research statement
(d) teaching statement
(e) reprints of up to four representative publications
(f) personal statement summarizing their Current or Potential Contributions to Diversity and Leadership
(g) a minimum of three letters of reference, (provide name, title, address and email)
(h) Evidence of other creative work may also be submitted (optional).

Appointments will begin July 1, 2019. Salary is commensurate with experience and based on the University of California pay scales.
Review of applications will start on March 1st, 2019, and will continue until position is filled.

UCSD is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer with a strong institutional commitment to academic excellence and diversity and to addressing dual career issues

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status.

Job location

La Jolla, CA

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Document requirements
  • Cover Letter - Describe background and interests.

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Statement of Research

  • Statement of Teaching - Summarize quality of teaching in classroom and student mentoring.

  • Documentation of Teaching Evidence - Examples: links to instructional materials developed by candidate, summaries of teaching evaluations, on-line instructional segments, or reprints of any scholarly articles with a pedagogical focus.

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Applicants should summarize their past or potential contributions to diversity. See our Faculty Equity site for more information.

  • Publications - Include up to 4 representative publications/scholarly articles (provide links or attach PDFs).

  • Other Creative Work - Provide videos, demos or press coverage of other creative work (optional).

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 letters of reference required