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PostDoctoral Scholar Fellowship, Design Lab

Position overview

Salary range: $55,000 to $68,000 and will depend on experience.

Application Window

Open date: January 31st, 2022

Most recent review date: Monday, Feb 28, 2022 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: Thursday, Jun 30, 2022 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.

Position description

Located on Kumeyaay territory in the San Diego - Tijuana border region, The Design Lab at UC San Diego ( is inviting applications for a postdoctoral scholar fellowship position to conduct research on topics related to urban planning and design. The Design Lab at the University of California is an interdisciplinary unit that works with all departments and divisions of the University including (but not restricted to) Arts and Humanities, Engineering, Public Health and Human Longevity Science, Medicine, Rady School of Management, and Social Sciences. The lab fosters research that centers people and communities in addressing complex, socio-technical problems by working with departments and divisions throughout the University.

The official postdoctoral scholar fellowship appointment will be through the UC San Diego Urban Studies and Planning department. The postdoctoral scholar will work under the supervision of Dr. Mai Thi Nguyen, Director of the Design Lab, and Professor of Urban Studies and Planning. ​​Her research focuses on social and spatial equity and examines planning and policy topics related to land use, housing, community and economic development, and climate change adaptation. She is passionate about designing cities that are equitable and resilient.

A highly qualified postdoctoral scholar is sought to contribute to all aspects of the research process including developing the research design and methods; data collection and analysis; writing manuscripts and grant proposals; and mentoring and supervising students and research assistants. We especially seek scholars who have training in advanced simulation and visualization tools, including but not limited to agent-based modeling, development of Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, and Extended Reality, and AI. We are also interested in scholars who are engaging in major societal issues at the intersections of Blackness, Indigeneity, race, migration, gender, sexuality, disability, class and other manifestations of power and difference across space and geography.

This position comes with full benefits through the University of California, San Diego. The initial appointment is full time, for one year, with the opportunity of renewal for additional years. The position is available immediately and applicants must be willing to live in San Diego, CA, or the surrounding area. For more information on UCSD postdoctoral scholars, please visit


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

A doctoral degree in urban planning or a related discipline, such as architecture, landscape architecture, environmental science, geography, public policy, sociology, urban studies, and others

Preferred qualifications

Preferred Candidates will have (a) strong communication and design skills, both oral and written; (b) high competence with quantitative data analysis, including experience with big and complex data, and a strong understanding of qualitative data analysis; (c) attention to detail and (d) the ability to work in an interdisciplinary team-based environment.

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter - Describing background and interests

  • Statement of Research - 4 pages max

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

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3 letters of reference required
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Campus Information

The University of California, San Diego is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, covered veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

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Job location

La Jolla, CA