Calls for Faculty

Assistant/Associate Professor in Design

The Design Lab at UC San Diego is seeking a candidate to fill a tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor rank. Building on UC San Diego’s longstanding tradition of interdisciplinary research, we are launching a campus-wide initiative to hire a tenure-track or tenured faculty conducting innovative interdisciplinary research with the broad goal of advancing human-centered design. 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. A multidisciplinary hiring committee will review and recommend candidates. We welcome applications in all areas related to the Design Lab mission. Appointments will be made in an academic department in divisions/units including but are not limited to: the Division of Arts and Humanities, the Jacobs School of Engineering, the Division of Social Sciences, and the Rady School of Management. Joint appointments can be considered where appropriate.

Candidates for the Assistant Professor position can apply here.
Candidates for the Associate Professor position can apply here.

Prospective PhD Students

Seeking PhD applicants to work with the Design Lab research faculty

Key faculty in the Design Lab at UC San Diego currently seek PhD students for the Fall 2017 school year. Prospective students with diverse backgrounds in psychology, cognitive science, design, and computing should consider applying to the Cognitive Science Department. Students with computer science or engineering backgrounds should consider applying to the CSE Department. Students with backgrounds in the social sciences and humanities should consider applying to the Communication program.

Make sure to mention potential faculty advisors in your applications.

Key faculty include:
Morana Alac (Comm)
Christine Alvarado (CSE)
Steven Dow (CogSci, CSE)
Bill Griswold (CSE)
Philip Guo (CogSci, CSE)
Jim Hollan (CogSci, CSE)
Lilly Irani (Comm)
David Kirsh (CogSci)
Scott Klemmer (CogSci, CSE)
Don Norman (Design Lab)
Laurel Riek (CSE)
Beth Simon (CSE)
Christo Sims (Comm)

Application for Cognitive Science (due Dec 1)
Application for Computer Science and Engineering (due Dec 15)
Application for Communication (due Jan 13)

Research Assistants

Looking for Juniors, Seniors, and Masters students to conduct research in Design Lab alongside Lab Graduate Researchers and Lab Fellows

Work includes a subset of web, mobile or AR/VR development, software design, designing experiments, running user studies, collecting and  analyzing data and (perhaps) running Machine Learning algorithms to find insights. Being hands-on, learning tools quickly and communicating effectively are non-negotiable skills alongside taking an active interest in the research process. Please make a realistic commitment (keep in mind your class schedule) and plan to stick to your commitment.

Please fill out this Google Form to apply.

Please note, this is not a specific call, but rather a continuous open application, and we will draw from the list of applicants as specific needs arise. We hold interviews only as needed, and you may not be contacted for many months. Once you’ve filled out the google form, please do not contact the lab for information on if/when you might be interviewed. Thank you.

Undergraduate Students

The UCSD Design Lab and Contextual Robotics Institute are looking for undergraduates to join us in San Diego in Summer 2017 to conduct novel research at the intersection of design, cognitive science, robotics, and computer science.

Students will be matched with and work closely with research mentors on an active research project. Example topics of research include:
• Visualizing data of Jupyter Notebook use in data-centric programming
• Engaging in community robotics design projects with older adults
• Scaling up online tutoring for computer programming using pythontutor.com
• Designing and developing novel approaches to civic engagement
• Creating and studying methods for online consensus building
• Developing multiscale browser-based visualization facilities
• Studying mechanisms related to exchanging design feedback
• Exploring temporal and spatial aspects of idea generation
• Designing and developing algorithms for personalized healthcare delivery
• Designing fun video games that solve software engineering tasks
• Developing and evaluating tools for team formation

The program begins on June 19 and runs for up to 12 weeks. Students will be paid a stipend, and will also have their housing costs covered. Selected participants will have the opportunity to develop skills and to work on focused, collaborative projects that have the potential to benefit society. Prior undergraduates have helped to co-author papers for top research conferences and many have gone on to graduate school.

Ideal applicants will be rising sophomores, juniors, or seniors, and looking to develop skills in one or more of visual or interaction design, behavioral sciences, or software/hardware development. We are very interested in broadening participation of students from traditionally underrepresented groups in computing or who do not have access to research facilities at their home institution. Previous research experience is not a requirement.

During the program, participants will be able to attend workshops to find out about graduate school, learn how to apply for graduate student fellowships (such as the NSF GFRP), and enjoy the beautiful San Diego area. There will be plenty of opportunities to socialize with both faculty, graduate student mentors, and other undergraduate students on campus.

The application deadline is April 3rd, 2017. Decisions will be
sent out by April 15th. To apply, please fill out this form: https://goo.gl/forms/biIeJsnnlf7C2Fdi1

Design at UCSD

Design at UCSD is a student-led group of designers focused on UX design, research, and design thinking, but they’ve also got an appreciation for all design fields and related disciplines.

Check out their website here and their Facebook page here!