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Assistant Professor of Human Centered Design & Engineering

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School / Campus / College: College of Engineering

Organization: Human Centered Design & Engineering

Title: Assistant Professor of Human Centered Design & Engineering

Position Details

Position Description

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. More information about our department can be found at

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.

This position will develop substantial programs of research including peer-reviewed publications and external funding.

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. Candidates should show evidence of strong promise in teaching as well as scholarship. This is a 9-month, full-time appointment.


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) a statement 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: HCDE Assistant to the Chair Stacia Green at

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

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.

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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 (