Assistant Professor in Design & Social Sciences
University of California, San Diego, Social Sciences - Dean Social Sciences, Cognitive Science, Psychology
United States

Assistant Professor in Design & Social Sciences





Open date: January 22nd, 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: Friday, Jun 28, 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 in the Division of Social Sciences, including Cognitive Science and Psychology. Companion ads are available for the School of Medicine and Jacobs School of Engineering.


Assistant Professor candidates must have completed a terminal degree--such as a PhD, MD or equivalent doctoral degree, or relevant terminal master's degree and show great promise in teaching, service and research. Preferred candidates will have published human-centered research (broadly construed) 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.


The successful applicant will be expected to establish a vigorous program of high-quality funded design and social science research. Potential domains for human-centered design research include imaging and sensors, real-world usage in health & other domains, human-robot interaction, cyber-physical systems, medical devices, design tools for mass customization, human-computer interaction, visualization, crowd-sourcing, social computing, and engineering systems & operations. Other relevant areas are welcomed.


Candidates should submit, via online application to the URL shown below
(a) a short cover letter describing background and interests
(b) vita
(c) research statement
(d) teaching statement
(e) reprints of up to three representative publications or works
(f) personal statement summarizing their contributions (or potential contributions) to diversity and leadership 
(g) a minimum of three letters of reference (provide name, title, address and email).


For further information about contributions to diversity statements, see the Faculty Equity site and the School of Engineering site


For applicants with interest in spousal/partner employment, please see the Partner Opportunities Porgram for the Dual-Career Academic Partner Hire Protocols at UC San Diego.


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 March 1st 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.


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

  • Cover Letter - A short cover letter describing background and interests

  • Statement of Research

  • Statement of Teaching

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

  • Personal Statement - A personal statement summarizing your contributions (or potential contributions) to diversity and leadership. For further information about contributions to diversity statements, see

  • Reprint of Representative Publications of Work (1)

  • Reprint of Representative Publications of Work (2)

  • Reprint of Representative Publications of Work (3) (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3-6 letters of reference required



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