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Assistant Professor in Design

The Design Lab at UC San Diego ( 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. 2019 Design Recruiting is partnering with nine departments: Computer Science & Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Structural Engineering, Cognitive Science, Psychology, Infectious Diseases, Family Medicine & Public Health, and Psychiatry. In your cover letter, please indicate which of these department(s) you think might be a good fit for your research & teaching. It is unlikely that we will hire in 2019 outside these departments. That said, we welcome applications in all areas. Design is hiring through three advertised recruitments: the Social Sciences, Engineering disciplines, and Medical fields. Please apply through the recruitment that is closest to your work and specify the department/area that best fits your work in your cover letter.

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 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.  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 research.

Candidates can apply directly at the links provided below:


Social Sciences:

School of Medicine:

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

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

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 February 28, 2019 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.

Note: For both time and fairness reasons, we are unable to respond to email queries from individual applicants.

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