Post Doctoral Position

***Applications are due by Dec 1, 2013, but are reviewed on a rolling basis***

Carnegie Mellon University's HCI Institute seeks a highly motivated and outstanding postdoctoral scholar for the ProtoLab research group. The ProtoLab conducts research at the intersection of social computing and design with the goal of developing tools, processes, and instructional techniques that change the way people solve complex problems creatively and collaboratively. We develop technology related to social media, crowdsourcing, mixed-initiative systems, and physical-digital interactions to enable large-scale online creativity and to study the cognitive, social, and cultural aspects of innovation.

The postdoc appointment is for full-time employment. The salary will range from $48,000-$52,000 (USD) for a 12-month appointment and includes full benefits (more information here). Additional funds are available for computing and professional travel. The position may be renewable for 1-2 more years upon good standing.

The postdoc will have access to state-of-the-art research facilities, undergraduate research assistants, and an engaging community of scholars interested in HCI, social computing, crowdsourcing, and design. The position does not have a teaching requirement. The start date is flexible, but January 2014 is preferred. Prof. Steven Dow will be the primary supervisor.

The specific research project is flexible, but will likely focus on creating technology and conducting empirical studies to understand how crowds can provide high- quality feedback throughout an innovation process, how to support large-scale design and planning activities within a community, and how to scaffold and instruct novices in online design platforms.

Applicants should have experience conducting independent research, demonstrate a record of communicating research via publications and presentations, and be willing to participate in collaborative, interdisciplinary research at CMU. Applicants must have defended their PhD in Human-Coputer Interaction, Computer Science, Information Science, or a related field by the time of employment.

Applicants should have interests in one or more of the following areas: social computing, design methods, innovation, crowdsourcing, and creativity. The ideal post-doctoral researcher will have strong technical skills, experience with both qualitative and quantitative research methods, and good design intuition. Interested candidates should prepare: (1) a cover letter stating background, experience, interest in the position, and career objectives, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) the names and contact information for three references, and (4) a relevant sample of published work.

Send application materials to Prof. Steven Dow with the subject line “ProtoLab postdoc application.” Applications are due by Dec 1 2013, but the review of applications will begin immediately.