Skip to main content

Associate or Full Professor in Design/Jacobs School of Engineering/Social Sciences/Health Sciences

We are no longer accepting applications for this recruitment


The Design Lab at UC San Diego (, in collaboration with departments in the Jacobs School of Engineering, Social Sciences, and Health Sciences seeks candidates for tenure-track faculty positions at the Associate or Full 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 one of the three divisions listed above.

Candidates must have completed a terminal degree--such as a PhD, MD or equivalent doctoral degree , have three years of teaching, service, and research experience. Candidates must have published human-centered research in conference and/or journal articles in highly-regarded peer-reviewed venues and a demonstrated vigorous program of high-quality funded design and engineering research. Preferred candidates will have demonstrated independence in the area of human-centered research as evidenced through the candidate's publication record, reflected by their original working being published in highly regarded conferences and/or journals or other academic venues; and also evidenced by their ability to attract funding as a PI from relevant funding agencies; demonstrated teaching excellence as they will be expected to supervise and teach graduate and undergraduate students in design-related courses; demonstrated the highest standards of professional activity, as evidenced by invited talks, contributions to scientific publications as an expert reviewer, peer awards, and other relevant accomplishments in the field; and evidence of contributions 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 engineering 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. Potential Social or Health Sciences focused 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 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

Learn More

More information about this recruitment:


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

  • Cover Letter - Describe background and interests; Please mention which department(s) (ANTHRO, BENG, CogSci, CSE, ECE, EDUC, EthStud, Inf Dis, 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