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Postdoctoral Scholar – Human Computer Interaction

Position overview

Position title: Postdoctoral Scholar – Human Computer Interaction
Salary range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience. Minimum annual salary rates are made based on the individual’s Experience Level, which is determined by the number of months of postdoctoral service at any institution. See current salary scale for Postdoctoral Titles at
Percent time: Full-time (100%)
Anticipated start: As soon as possible after initial review of the applications. Ph.D. must be in hand at time of the initial appointment.
Position duration: The initial appointment is for a minimum of one year, with the possibility of reappointment. Reappointment will be contingent upon positive performance review and availability of funding. The total duration of an individual’s postdoctoral service may not exceed five years, including postdoctoral service at any institution. Under limited circumstances, an exception to this limit may be considered, not to exceed a sixth year.

Application Window

Open September 10th, 2021 through Thursday, Dec 23, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)

Position description

The Department of Computational Media at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for the position Postdoctoral Scholar- Human Computer Interaction. Under the direction of Dr. Norman Makoto Su, the postdoctoral scholar will be part of the Authentic User Experience (AUX) Lab at the UCSC Silicon Valley Campus.

In collaboration with Dr. Su and his students, the postdoctoral scholar will contribute to one or both of the following projects, along with other projects they may be interested in exploring: (1) an NSF-funded project on rural computing and human-computer interaction to evaluate and develop data-driven technologies with rural communities and (2) a project to examine the organizational culture at tech companies and the potential to facilitate “change agents.” The successful candidate will help manage the AUX lab and independently lead research including fieldwork, system development, and peer-reviewed publications. The postdoctoral scholar is expected to lead and publish work in peer-reviewed HCI or related discipline conferences or journals. The candidate will have the opportunity to mentor graduate/undergraduate students and teach/mentor students in our new Masters HCI program at UCSC.

Please note that the postdoctoral scholar is expected to be based in the Silicon Valley Campus, located in Santa Clara, California but will have opportunities to collaborate and interact with the main UCSC campus.

Applicants with expertise in qualitative (e.g., ethnographic methods of inquiry, grounded theory, discourse analysis), quantitative (e.g., natural language processing), humanistic methods in HCI/CSCW, computational social science, and/or prototyping are strongly encouraged to apply. The position can also provide an opportunity to learn new methodologies and approaches. We encourage applicants from backgrounds traditionally marginalized/underrepresented in the field to apply.

All documents and materials must be submitted as PDFs and should be forwarded to Dr. Norman Makoto Su at


  • Letter of application that briefly summarizes your qualifications and interest in the position (required).
  • Curriculum vitae (required).
  • At least two sample publications (peer-reviewed preferred), to show relevant experience (required).
  • Statement of contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion: Statement addressing your understanding of the barriers facing traditionally underrepresented groups and your past and/or future contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion through research and professional or public service. Candidates are urged to review guidelines on statements (see before preparing their application (optional).

Full consideration will be given to applications completed by October 1, 2021. Applications received after this date will be considered only if the position has not been filled.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

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Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

    Ph.D. (or equivalent foreign degree) in informatics, information science, science and technology studies, computer science, or related field (e.g., from an ischool). Degree must be in hand at the time of initial appointment.

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Job location

Santa Clara, California