Cornell University, Human Centered Design

Position ID:Cornell-HCD-PDOCHYBRID [#27205, WDR-00036504]
Position Title: Post Doc Associate, Hybrid Body Lab
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14850, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Areas: Engineering / Electrical and Computer Engineering
Human Centered Design
Fiber Science / Textile
Computer Science / Human-Computer Interaction
Information Science
Salary Range:$56,484 to $80,000
Appl Deadline: (posted 2024/02/22, updated 2024/02/21, listed until 2024/08/21)
Position Description:    

Postdoctoral Associate, Hybrid Body Lab
College of Human Ecology, Cornell University

The Hybrid Body Lab at Cornell University is seeking an exceptional Postdoctoral Associate to conduct cutting-edge research in on-skin interfaces, electronic textiles, and digital fabrication. The Postdoc will work closely with Prof. Dr. Cindy-Hsin-Liu Kao, director of the Hybrid Body Lab. In addition, the Postdoc will have opportunity to frequently interact with faculty & researchers in the College of Human Ecology, Computing and Information Science, and the College of Engineering, all based on the Cornell University campus in Ithaca, NY, as well as Weill Cornell Medical College and Cornell Tech in New York City.  We offer a fully funded Postdoctoral position for one year with possibility for renewal for a second year. The position is located in-person in Ithaca, NY.

Our lab specializes in the research, design, and invention of Hybrid Skins: conformable interfaces that can sit at all scales of the human experience.  We have a strong research focus and present our work at top-tier ACM computer science venues in Human Computer Interaction (HCI) and Wearable Computing. Example projects and publications from our group: Hybrid Body Lab Projects; Publication List

Specific to this postdoctoral position, we are seeking candidates for the following topics:
  • Topic A: digitally knit textile interfaces for health and well-being.
  • Topic B: sweat and bio-fluid sensing wearable interfaces.

Qualifications for a successful candidate include:

Your role will involve:

TO APPLY:  Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Note: We have an immediate slot to fill for August 2024, so applications before April 1, 2024 are especially encouraged.

Interested applicants must submit the following documents via Academic Jobs Online: 

  • Cover letter (2-page max) describing: 

1.     the topic area you are applying for (Topic A: digitally knit textile interfaces for health and well-being, or

Topic B:  sweat and bio-fluid sensing wearable interfaces),

2.     what you envision to work on in this topic area,

3.     please elaborate on why you are a fit for the position, 

4.     your relevant hardware, software, fabrication, and/or textile skills for the topic area (Required for Topic A only: please describe your manual and/or digital knitting experience), and

5.     the role you hope this postdoc position will play in your future career.

  • Research Statement
  • PDF's of three representative publications.
  • Statement on approaches to working with a diverse community.  We ask applicants to share their experiences and/or approaches (past, current, or future) to fostering learning, research service, and/or outreach in a diverse community. Applicants may choose to submit a stand-alone statement or embed the information in other parts of their application materials.
  • CV (detailed, including full publication list).
  • Transcript of graduate work (unofficial is acceptable).
  • Three or more reference letters (including one from your PhD advisor)

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Pay Ranges:

The hiring rate of pay for the successful candidate will be determined considering the following criteria:

  • Prior relevant work or industry experience.
  • Education level to the extent education is relevant to the position.
  • Academic Discipline (faculty pay ranges reflects 9-month annual salary)
  • Unique applicable skills.

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