Postdoctoral Fellow — Designing for People @ UBC Graduate Training Program

Postdoctoral Fellow — Designing for People @ UBC Graduate Training Program

7 May, 2017

Postdoctoral Fellow
with the Designing for People @ UBC Graduate Training Program
University of British Columbia, Canada

Designing for People (DFP – a pan-university research cluster) is seeking applications for a one-year (renewable for a second year) postdoctoral fellow to play a pivotal role in designing and delivering an innovative cross-departmental graduate program in Human Interaction. The position is available immediately at UBC’s Point Grey campus in Vancouver, Canada.


DFP is developing a new two-year graduate enrichment program with first phase of delivery targeted for September 2017. The teaching postdoc is envisioned to play a multi-faceted role for this program. The two primary foci for Year 1 are to work with a team on the design and delivery of the program’s two core courses: (1) foundations of HCI, and (2) an eight-month externally-sponsored, team-based project in user-centered design. Both of these will be done in partnership with a network of DFP members. The position has some flexibility – candidates who are also interested in building their research portfolio will have the option to include DFP research as part of their job description. For example, program evaluation is a secondary goal for the position, which includes assessment of best practices for ‘team’ building and interdisciplinarity. The postdoc could use the DFP to conduct research on these topics.

Thus, this role will be ideal for an individual who wants to groom themself for a professional career in innovative, high-value education, rising out of a stellar doctoral research program – for example, as a tenure-track , and/or education .

Application Criteria:

– The applicant should hold a PhD in a “Designing for People” discipline. We expect to see applicants from, for example, , iSchools, or human-facing engineering (human factors) design. In exceptional cases, a research-type Master’s degree combined with professional instructional experience will be considered.
– Start dates are somewhat flexible, but the ideal candidate would start by July 2017, or as soon as possible thereafter.
– Applicants must have relevant HCI / user-centered design teaching skills, demonstrated by a successful teaching portfolio (e.g., serving as a teaching assistant and ideally a for HCI courses).
– Applicants should also have relevant HCI / user-centered design research experience, demonstrated by publications in high-quality venues.
– Applicants should have experience with a variety of human-centered research methods (research ethics, questionnaires, qualitative interviews, and other education evaluation metrics).

Application submission:

Interested applicants should send the following information to

– a brief letter of application, clarifying interest and fit to the position
– a curriculum vitae
– three reference letters (to be sent separately)

We will review applications as they arrive.
Further information:

For more information about the position contact:
Karon MacLean ( or
Joanna McGrenere (

Designing For People – HCI@UBC is a new research cluster that brings together faculty and students from across many units at UBC who are focused on designing interactive technologies for human use. Our temporary website can be found at:

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UBC hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community. We especially welcome applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities.

UBC eligibility for the postdoctoral fellow rank is such that the appointment must commence within five years of being awarded a PhD (excluding maternity/parental/adoptive leave).

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