Assistant Professor in CSE with a focus on Designing Just Futures

The Department of Computer Science and Engineering seeks faculty candidates at the level of Assistant Professor whose research, teaching, and service will advance scholarship and institutional solutions for designing more just and equitable systems and structures. This faculty member will advance UC San Diego’s commitment to the inclusion of Native American, Indigenous, Black, and migrant communities, anti-racism, anti-oppression, equity, and social justice. We especially welcome candidates whose professional experience, community engagement, and personal background have facilitated their understanding of and ability to better serve students from Native American/Alaska Native/Pacific Islander, Indigenous, Black, and/or migrant populations.

Faculty hired under this Initiative will join the UC San Diego campus, the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, the UC San Diego Design Lab, and the Indigenous Futures Institute to forge a new paradigm of engagement and collaboration that draws on the geographic, academic, institutional, and cultural strengths of our tri-national region across Southern California, Baja California, and the Kumeyaay region.

This search is part of a UC San Diego-wide cluster hire on Designing Just Futures that aims to recruit scholars who can contribute to the advancement of design, social justice, and Indigenous, Black, and migrant futures and seeks engagement with scholars across disciplines to address issues of territory, access and equity, and social and political debates pertinent to Indigenous, Black, border and migrant communities, while also working within their home departments and professional communities.

As part of their teaching portfolio, faculty hired under Designing Just Futures will be expected to design and teach courses that align with the department of Computer Science and Engineering, the Design Lab, and the Indigenous Futures Institute programs.
Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Sustainable Computing (e.g., battery-free, self-powered; biodegradable; low carbon and/or net-zero carbon).
  • Technology to Increase Access (e.g., rural/remote broadband/ad-hoc networks; novel education techniques; disability/accessibility technologies, research and pedagogy focused on serving indigenous populations).
  • Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) for Community Empowerment and Global Development (e.g., civic technology, community information platforms; resident-driven data science; systems and implementation-oriented ICT work).
  • Ethical Computing (e.g., systems to interface law, policy, and technology; disinformation comprehension/mitigation; structural BPC/STEM work; infrastructure/implementations to decolonize technology).
  • Computing for social justice (e.g. helping to enable core values of equal rights and equal opportunity through science and technology)
  • Measuring, Understanding, and Mitigating Bias in Computer Systems and Algorithms; designing Computer Systems with less Bias.
  • Designing more accessible and inclusive health technology (e.g., mHealth; health literacy interventions; medication adherence/support).
  • Mixed Physical-digital Interactions and Cyber-physical Systems (eg. VR, AR, XR).

We are looking for applicants with outstanding research credentials and a promise for leading research and pedagogical initiatives that advance a Just Future, with applications to Native American, Indigenous, Black, and migrant Futures.

The CSE Department is committed to building an excellent, diverse, and inclusive faculty, staff and student body. In addition to the highest standards of scholarship, teaching, and professional activity, successful candidates for this position will have potential or demonstrated contributions to a climate that supports equity, inclusion, and diversity, with a specific focus on contributing to Just Futures, with applications to Native American, Indigenous, Black, and Migrant Futures.

CSE is home to over 70 faculty and 1,000 graduate students who span a range of research areas in computer science, computer engineering and bioinformatics. In addition, the department works closely with multiple centers which provide unique opportunities and resources. More information can be found at

For applicants with interest in spousal/partner employment, please see the UCSD Partner Opportunities Program.

UC San Diego was built on the unceded territory of the Kumeyaay people. Today and every day we honor their stewardship of this land and their tremendous contributions to our region. Land acknowledgements are an important gesture of collective recognition and accountability. But we also commit ourselves to action, to truth in learning and teaching the history of this place and its people, a reckoning with injustices, past and present, and a pathway forward that respects the dignity and human rights of all.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

A Ph.D. or advancement to candidacy in Computer Science & Engineering or related disciplines.

Experience in creating or contributing to programs that increase access and success of underrepresented populations, students, and faculty.

Preferred qualifications

Demonstrable research and outreach outcomes related to the advancement of design, social justice, and Indigenous, Black, and Migrant futures.


Document requirements

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research - Candidates are encouraged to highlight significant third-party coverage (e.g. national news outlets covering their work) in their statements and presentation materials where appropriate.

  • Statement of Teaching

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - The application requires a Contribution to Diversity Statement that should highlight a well-articulated plan building on past experiences creating or contributing to programs that aim to increase access and success of underrepresented students and faculty, while also having a broader impact on society through a focus on Just Futures. For further information and guidance on preparing contributions to diversity statements, see our C2D Expectations and our Faculty Equity site.

  • Designing Just Futures Statement - Applicants should describe how currently or planning to engage in frameworks focused on futures, futurities, and/or futurism at the intersections of design and social justice that prioritize Native American, Indigenous, Black, and Migrant communities. Include one page

  • Misc / Additional - Any other external support (e.g., letter content, third-party media coverage) or artifacts you would like to be considered in your application.


Reference requirements

  • 3-5 letters of reference required

3 to 5 reference letters addressing research, teaching, professional service.

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