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The department of Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE) is hiring for the following position:

Assistant Professor

Posted October 14, 2022

The Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE) at the University of Washington is hiring an Assistant Professor to demonstrate excellence in teaching and research programs in our dynamic, interdisciplinary intellectual community in Autumn 2023.

HCDE is a vibrant, welcoming, and engaged interdisciplinary community that incorporates a range of intellectual traditions. Successful candidates will join a dynamic faculty conducting research in the design and engineering of sociotechnical systems broadly defined. We offer BS, MS, and PhD degrees and serve as a founding contributor to three interdisciplinary graduate degrees. Candidates will teach undergraduate and graduate courses and will supervise doctoral students. The yearly teaching load is three courses (one per quarter) plus supervision of for-credit directed research groups. Teaching opportunities will be based on our current course offerings and the individual’s areas of scholarly expertise. 

The successful candidate will be expected to expand on one or more emerging areas within the department, including:

  • Human centered engineering. We are particularly interested in scholars whose research and teaching will deepen our department's collaborations with fields such as engineering education, mechanical engineering, civil engineering, industrial engineering, systems engineering, environmental engineering, materials science, aerospace engineering, and bioengineering.

  • Equitable engineering. We are particularly interested in scholars whose work lies at the intersection of agendas oriented toward addressing societal inequities and work in human centered design and engineering.

Successful candidates will be expected to address the societal implications of technology and think globally in their research. We especially encourage candidates whose research engages Black Studies, Indigenous Studies, and related strands of decolonial thought and/or centers the intellectual genealogies of Black and Indigenous groups.

Successful candidates are expected to develop substantial programs of research including peer-reviewed publications and external funding. Candidates should show evidence of strong promise in teaching as well as scholarship.

All UW faculty engage in teaching, research and service. The College of Engineering regularly sets visions for strategic research areas; current areas can be found here. Faculty members also routinely collaborate with colleagues across campus and with affiliates from the region’s noted high-tech industry. Seattle is a culturally diverse urban center with growing racial, ethnic and immigrant communities. It is also home to many prominent technology companies, along with a robust startup and global health community. The University of Washington is building a culturally diverse faculty and encourages applications from women and minority candidates.

UW faculty enjoy outstanding benefits. Salary range is $10,000-15,000/month (9-month), depending on the candidate's experience and qualifications. 

Our department's social justice mission leads us to invest in recruiting colleagues who in their scholarship, teaching, and service demonstrate experience with, knowledge of, and sensitivity to the needs of culturally diverse and oppressed populations. As a program with a core mission of social justice and a deeply diverse student body, we seek candidates with a demonstrated commitment to work with marginalized communities and with students holding a range of worldviews. In accord with the University’s expressed commitment to excellence and equity, contributions in scholarship and research, teaching, and service that address diversity and equal opportunity may be included among the professional and scholarly qualifications for appointment and promotion.

Applicants for this Assistant Professor (tenure-track) position should be recent or soon to graduate PhDs and must have earned a doctorate (or foreign equivalent) by the date of appointment. This is a 9-month, full-time appointment.

Application Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials via Interfolio. Review of applications will begin November 15, 2022. 

To apply, send (1) a letter of application, (2) a current c.v., (3) a statement of research and teaching goals, (4) a diversity statement*, (5) up to three representative papers and (6) and contact information for at least three people from whom we may request letters of recommendation.

 * A diversity, equity, and inclusion statement helps applicants reflect on how their approach to teaching and/or service contributes to positive social change and supports people who represent differences in gender, class, race, ethnicity, religious affiliation, national and cultural boundaries, national origin, worldview, intellectual origin, ability, and other identities. We invite you to reflect and describe your related experiences in teaching and service and also where you stand to grow with regard to issues of diversity, inclusion, equity, and justice, and your potential to mentor and educate diverse students.

For questions regarding this position or possible disability accommodations, please contact Stacia Green (

Interfolio application