Careers with HCDE

The University of Washington's Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE) is hiring for the following position:

Assistant Professor (tenure-track)

Applications accepted until December 1, 2019

The Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE) at the University of Washington seeks an individual dedicated to excellence in teaching and research programs to join our dynamic interdisciplinary intellectual community in 2020.

HCDE is a vibrant, welcoming, and engaged interdisciplinary community that incorporates a range of intellectual traditions. We offer BS, MS, and PhD degrees and serve as a founding contributor to three interdisciplinary master’s 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. Successful candidates will join a dynamic faculty conducting interdisciplinary research in the design and engineering of sociotechnical systems broadly defined. 

Human-centered research includes, but is not limited to, discovering methods, theories, processes, tools, and systems for the purpose of improving people’s lives and constructively engaging with the ethical and societal implications of technology such as issues of equity or global impacts.

We particularly seek multidisciplinary candidates who are pursuing research in one or more of the following areas:

  • Human-centered data science
  • Race, class, gender, and their intersections in design or engineering,
  • Engineering human-centered systems (e.g., fabrication, robotics, open-source hardware, or similar fields), and
  • Information visualization and social consequences.

While these are areas of priority, we will consider any applicant whose research is consistent with the department's mission.

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.

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; candidates who have current academic appointments must have completed fewer than three full years in a tenure track position at the time of application. This is a 9-month, full-time appointment.

Application Instructions
Appointment begins in Autumn 2020. Review of applications will begin December 1, 2019. Please send (1) a letter of application, (2) a current c.v., (3) statement(s) of research and teaching goals, (4) a diversity statement*, (5) up to three representative papers, and (6) contact information (best email and phone number) for at least three people from whom we may request letters of recommendation. Inquiries: Stacia Green at greens6@uw.edu.

Our department's social justice mission leads us to invest in recruiting colleagues who demonstrate experience with, knowledge of, and sensitivity to the needs of culturally diverse and oppressed populations in their scholarship, teaching, and service. As a program with a diverse student body, we seek candidates who have 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.

*A Diversity 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 students who will serve diverse populations.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
The University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status.

Commitment to Diversity
The University of Washington is committed to building diversity among its faculty, librarian, staff, and student communities, and articulates that commitment in the UW Diversity Blueprint. Additionally, the University’s Faculty Code recognizes faculty efforts in research, teaching and/or service that address diversity and equal opportunity as important contributions to a faculty member’s academic profile and responsibilities.

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FAQ for Applicants

Q: Your ad states “candidates who have current academic appointments must have completed fewer than three full years in a tenure track position at the time of application.” I started my position more than three years ago but have been on leave (e.g., for health reasons, family reasons, pursuing a startup) so that I have been active in my position less than three full years. Can I still apply?

A: Absolutely. Please indicate the duration of your leave(s) in your cover letter.

Q: Where can I learn more about the department’s long term plans?

A: On October 2, 2019, we approved a revised mission, vision, guiding principles, and 5-year strategic plan for HCDE