Cornell University, Human Centered Design

Position ID:Cornell-HCD-TTASSTMATSCISHDESIGN [#23585, WDR-00034234]
Position Title: Tenure-Track, Assistant Professor - Material Science
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14850, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Areas: Material Science and Engineering / Materials by design
Fiber Science / Textile
Fashion Design / Fashion Design Management
Human Centered Design
Appl Deadline:none
Position Description:    

Department of Human Centered Design, Cornell University 
Tenure-Track, Assistant Professor

The Department of Human Centered Design (HCD) brings multi-disciplinary perspectives together to improve health and well-being through design. Through transdisciplinary thinking and expertise, we bring arts and design, material and social sciences, and the humanities to innovate, investigate, and address real-world challenges by using analog and digital knowledge, tools, rigorous research methods, and creative processes. Our faculty includes scientists, artists, anthropologists, historians, architects, engineers, psychologists, and experts in apparel, interiors, business, material sciences, and technology. We work together and collaborate externally with colleagues from across the university, as well as industry and non-profit community partners, to conduct research and enhance students’ learning. Using state-of-the-art lab and studio spaces, we conceptualize, prototype, and evaluate products and processes that enhance human potential, health equity, social justice, sustainability, and community flourishing. (

We are seeking an exceptional scholar to join our faculty in the area of Material Science. We welcome scholars who approach their respective area of expertise from a multi-disciplinary range of perspectives. Research, teaching, and engagement/outreach interests may include, but are not limited to:

  • Exploring and critiquing the role of design, management, and material science in producing, expressing, and shaping human identities, cultures, and communities.
  • Generating and translating novel solutions in apparel design, manufacturing, and material science across a spectrum of products, practices, and policies to enhance the lived experience and improve daily life.
  • Creating and exploring the potential for new materials to improve the health of users and the environment.
  • Developing and refining new materials, technologies, and embodied environments to produce novel innovations where physical and digital components interact with humans across scales, from on-the-body to the inhabited world.
  • Creating, evaluating, and applying rapidly renewable materials and exploring circular, reuse, and/or disposal processes and their impacts.

The successful candidate will demonstrate the potential to develop a world-class research and design program that engages with current issues in one or more of the above areas and must provide unequivocal evidence of excellence in teaching and advising at both undergraduate and graduate levels. Responsibilities include creating a successful research program; teaching undergraduate and graduate courses; advising B.S., M.A., M.S., and Ph.D. students; and providing service to the department and university community. A Ph.D. is required.

HCD has strong connections to several other units on campus. These relationships support the department’s aim to address real-world challenges and opportunities through critical, creative, and collaborative engagement with design. We seek a colleague who is committed to social and environmental justice and will advance scholarly and real-world understandings of how design shapes environments, humans, and the interaction between the two.

Cornell has an ongoing commitment to its founding principle of educating “any person…in any study,” and the university offers a collegial and supportive campus atmosphere and high quality of life. Beyond campus, Ithaca is in the heart of the Finger Lakes region which boasts a vibrant cultural life amidst breathtaking natural beauty. A wide range of outdoor activities is close at hand in all seasons. Cornell also seeks to meet the needs of dual-career couples, with both its own Dual Career program and membership in the Upstate New York Higher Education Recruitment Consortium to assist in dual career searches

To Apply: Please submit, via

In the case where any of these materials are posted on the Internet, please submit a Word document describing each electronic posting and include a link (a URL) to it. The starting date for the new hire may be as early as the Fall semester of 2023, but applications will be accepted and reviewed until the position is filled.

 For more information, please contact Sienna Torbitt,

As part of the university's comprehensive vaccination program, all Cornell employees are required to have and provide proof of an FDA-or WHO-authorized or approved COVID-19 primary vaccination or have obtained a university-approved disability/medical or religious exemption, regardless of their role and work location.

New hires are required to provide documentation showing primary vaccination status (that is, completion of two shots of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine or one shot of the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson) before their first day of work. If a new hire's vaccination is not complete or information is not received by their start date, the first day of work will be delayed. It is possible in some cases that an offer of employment may be withdrawn.

Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities. We also recognize a lawful preference in employment practices for Native Americans living on or near Indian reservations. Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students, and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose, and contribute creative ideas to further the university's mission of teaching, discovery, and engagement.

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
And anything else requested in the position description.

Further Info:
T57 Human Ecology Building (HEB)
Ithaca, NY 14853