Assistant Professor in the School of Medicine and the Design Lab
University of California San Diego, School of Medicine
United States


The Design Lab ( at UC San Diego, in collaboration with departments in the 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 departments and divisions throughout the University. This ad welcomes applicants for a position from a department in the School of Medicine (, including Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases & Global Public Health, Family Medicine & Public Health, and Psychiatry departments. Companion ads are available for positions in the Jacobs School of Engineering and Division of Social Sciences.

The successful applicant will be expected to establish a vigorous program of high-quality funded design and engineering research in health and/or healthcare. Potential domains for human-centered design research include design as applied to improving methods, processes, and outcomes in the domains of public health, global health, healthcare, behavior change, digital health, mental health, psychiatry, psychology, public policy, implementation science, and environmental health. Other relevant areas are welcomed.

Assistant Professor candidates must have completed a terminal degree--such as a PhD, MD, MFA or equivalent degree, and show great promise in research, teaching, and service.

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; have shown potential for securing funding to support their work; 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.

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