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: Fashion Design / Fashion Design Management
Material Science and Engineering / Materials by design
Fiber Science / Textile
Human Centered Design
Appl Deadline: finished (2022/11/08, finished 2023/09/21)
Position Description:    

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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

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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.

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