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Assistant Professor in Design & Engineering, Jacobs School of Engineering

Recruitment Period

Open date: February 6th, 2019
Last review date: Tuesday, Mar 12, 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.


The Design Lab at UC San Diego, in collaboration with departments in the Jacobs School of Engineering, seeks candidates for tenure-track faculty positions at the Assistant Professor rank. The Design Lab at UC San Diego is a new initiative, established by the Chancellor to become a major international center for human-centered design, with the focus upon design as a way of thinking, especially dealing with a people-centered approach to complex sociotechnical systems.

The Design Lab works with departments and divisions throughout the University. This ad welcomes applicants for a position in a department within the Jacobs School of Engineering, including Computer Science & Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, and Structural Engineering. Companion ads are available for positions in the School of Medicine and Division of Social Sciences.

Assistant Professor candidates must have completed a terminal degree (or advancement to candidacy)--such as a PhD, MD or equivalent doctoral degree and show great promise in teaching, service and research.

Preferred candidates will

  • have published human-centered research in conference and/or journal articles in highly-regarded peer-reviewed venues;
  • be able to demonstrate the potential for teaching excellence as they will be expected to supervise and teach graduate and undergraduate students in design-related courses;
  • demonstrate the highest standards of scholarship and professional activity; and
  • contribute to a campus climate that supports equity, inclusion, and diversity.

An interdisciplinary perspective and experience with multiple methodologies is highly valued. Candidates with experience with or willingness to engage in activities that contribute to diversity and inclusion are especially encouraged to apply. Please submit application by the initial deadline for full consideration, the position will remain open until filled:

The successful applicant will be expected to to establish a vigorous program of high-quality funded design and engineering research. Potential domains for human-centered design research include:

  • imaging and sensors,
  • real-world usage in health & other domains,
  • human-robot interaction,
  • cyperphysical systems,
  • medical devices,
  • design tools for mass customization,
  • human-computer interaction,
  • visualization,
  • crowdsourcing,
  • social computing, and
  • engineering systems & operations.

Other relevant areas are welcomed.

For applicants with interest in spousal/partner employment, please see the UCSD Partner Opportunities Program.

Appointments are expected to begin July 1, 2019 and salary is commensurate with experience and based on the University of California pay scales. Applications received by February 18th will be given full consideration. The position will remain open until filled.

The University of California, San Diego is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer with a strong institutional commitment to academic excellence and diversity within the faculty, staff, and student body, 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
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter - Describe background and interests; you are welcome to mention which department(s) may be the best fit for your work.

  • Statement of Research

  • Statement of Teaching - Summarize your philosophy of teaching using experiences to exemplify how this philosophy is enacted in the classroom, student mentoring, and other instruction-related activities. Include courses you would be interested in and qualified to teach that would be relevant to students in both the Design Lab and a participating home department.

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

  • Publication 1 - Include up to 4 representative publications/scholarly articles (provide links or attach PDFs).

  • Publication 2 - Include up to 4 representative publications/scholarly articles (provide links or attach PDFs).

  • Publication 3 - Include up to 4 representative publications/scholarly articles (provide links or attach PDFs).

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

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 letters of reference required

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