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Assistant Professor in Design/Jacobs School of Engineering

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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 all departments and divisions of the University. This ad welcomes faculty working on innovative people-centered design for a position in the Jacobs School of Engineering. The appointment will be made by one of these five host departments in collaboration with the Design Lab: Bioengineering, Computer Science & Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, or Structural Engineering. (A companion ad welcomes applications in Social Sciences and the Medical School’s Division of Infectious Diseases and Global Public Health.)

Assistant Professor candidates must have completed a terminal degree--such as a PhD or equivalent doctoral degree (or advancement to candidacy) and provide evidence of experience in teaching (examples may include presenting at conferences, teaching of courses, teaching assistant experience, mentoring at any level, assertions of competency by letter writers, etc.), research, and service. Preferred candidates will have published human-centered research in conference and/or journal articles in highly-regarded peer-reviewed venues, have 1 or more years of experience supervising and teaching graduate and undergraduate students in design-related courses; have evidence of professional activity related to the individual's field of study, as well as evidence of contributing 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.

The successful applicant will be expected 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 for the UCSD Partner Opportunities Program.

Appointments are expected to begin July 1, 2018 and salary is commensurate with experience and based on the University of California pay scales. Applications received by December 2, 2017 will be given full consideration in the first review period. Applications received by January 2, 2018 will be given full consideration in the second review period. 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

San Diego, CA

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

  • Cover Letter - Describe background and interests; Please mention which department(s) (BENG, CSE, ECE, MAE, or SE) may be the best fit for your work.

  • Statement of Research

  • Statement of Teaching - Summarize teaching philosophy, use experiences to show how enacted in classroom, mentoring, other instruction-related activities. Include courses you would be interested in/qualified to teach as relevant to students in the Design lab/home dept

  • Statement of Contributions to diversity - Applicants should summarize their past or potential contributions to diversity. See our Faculty Equity and

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

Reference requirements
  • 2-5 letters of reference required