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Assistant Professor in Design/Division of Social Sciences or School of Medicine

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The Design Lab at UC San Diego (, in collaboration with the Division of Social Sciences and School of Medicine, 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. This recruitment is for an appointment in one of three host departments in the Division of Social Sciences -- Anthropology, Cognitive Science, Education Studies, or the Medical School's Division of Infectious Diseases and Global Public Health. (A companion ad welcomes applications in Jacobs School of Engineering.)

Assistant Professor candidates must have completed a terminal degree--such as a PhD, MD, MFA, MDes, or equivalent in their area of expertise at the time of appointment (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 one 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.

The successful applicant will be expected to establish a vigorous program of high-quality funded design and behavioral research. We are open to many diverse applications of human-centered design to the candidate department. Potential domains for human-centered design research include urban planning, transportation, global health, climate change, cultural heritage, human-robot interaction, data science & visualization, cognition & culture, equity & sustainability, embodied interaction, online learning, crowdsourcing, lifelong learning, informal learning,medical care in resource-limited settings, infectious diseases, and mobile health. Other areas of human-centered design are also welcome.

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

Appointments will 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) (Anthropology, Cognitive Science, or Education Studies in the Division of Social Sciences, or Infectious Diseases in the School of Medicine ), 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