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[JOB / TEACHING] HCDE Faculty Position in Big Data at University of Washington

Tenure Track Assistant or Associate Professor of Human Centered Design & Engineering

Position open in “big data” with relationship to crowdsourcing, social computing, visualization, visual analytics,
individual and group behavior, ubiquitous computing.

The Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering ( at the
University of Washington invites applications for a full time tenure track Assistant or Associate Professor. We are
seeking a top caliber researcher and teacher to join our growing and dynamic department. We are interested in
candidates whose research is outstanding in quality and originality, and who possess expertise in human centered
aspects regarding the use of big data. We are particularly interested in researchers who unite the study of massive
and complex data sets with the study of crowdsourcing, visualization, visual analytics, individual and group
behavior, social computing, interactive design, and/or ubiquitous computing. We are also interested in candidates
who engage critically with theory in their research. This faculty member will be joining a growing interdisciplinary
community of engineers, social scientists, computer scientists, and humanities scholars at the University of
Washington interested in the emerging frontier of big data.

We will consider candidates from a range of disciplinary backgrounds who use innovative methodological,
computational, or theoretical approaches to address current challenges in human centered design and engineering.
HCDE is an interdisciplinary community that incorporates a range of research traditions. More information about
our department can be found at The successful candidate is expected to develop a
substantial program of research including peer-reviewed publications and external funding.

The department is seeking applicants at the Assistant Professor level, although an appointment may be made
at the rank of Associate Professor if circumstances and qualifications warrant. Applicants must have an earned
doctorate by the date of appointment.

HCDE offers BS, MS, and PhD degrees. The candidate will teach undergraduate and graduate courses and will
supervise doctoral dissertations. The yearly teaching load is three courses (one per quarter) plus supervision of
research groups. Teaching opportunities will be based on current course offerings and the individual’s areas of
scholarly expertise.

The successful candidate will join a vibrant faculty conducting interdisciplinary research in human-computer
interaction and the design of sociotechnical systems. Current faculty research includes work in CSCW,
sociotechnical systems, HCI, computer-mediated communication, ICTD, user research, emerging communication
technologies, engineering design, scientific collaboration, and engineering education. The department collaborates
with colleagues around campus, including Computer Science and Engineering, the Information School, the eScience
Institute, and the School of Art. The faculty also routinely engage in research projects with affiliates from the
region’s noted high-tech industry. Seattle is 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 strongly encourages applications from
women and minority candidates. The University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. The
University of Washington, a recipient of the 2006 Alfred P. Sloan award for Faculty Career Flexibility, is committed
to supporting the work-life balance of its faculty. University of Washington faculty engage in teaching, research, and

Appointment begins in autumn 2013, contingent on budgetary approval. Review of applications will begin
November 7, 2012. Priority will be given to applications received by November 28.

To apply, send (1) a letter of application, (2) a current cv, and (3) a statement of research and teaching goals to Additionally, request that at least three letters of recommendation be submitted to All materials should be addressed to Professor Jennifer Turns, Search Committee Chair.