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Postdoctoral Associate

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Boulder, Colorado

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Research Faculty



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Job Summary

The Identity Lab ( in the College of Media, Communication and Information is currently seeking applications for a post-doctoral researcher for a 1-3 year appointment. The start date for the position would be July 2022, unless otherwise agreed. 

Technology impacts all parts of human life, but we have not yet adequately designed systems to support the end of life. The Identity Lab is currently engaged in research to support people approaching and at the end of life. Whether we are considering cognitive decline or terminal illnesses, people, their families, and their support networks deserve better tools.

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

The Department of Information Science has a faculty with a diversity of backgrounds and interests that constitutes a shared dedication to progressive visions of Information Science. We offer degrees at the undergraduate, masters and PhD levels, and a new campus-wide minor in Data Science. For more information about our programs, see

Established in 2015, the University of Colorado Boulder College of Media, Communication and Information (CMCI) is at the forefront of the revolution in communication and digital technology. CMCI prides itself on offering students an interdisciplinary education with a focus on innovation and creativity. Our students and faculty from six departments and an independent PhD program think across boundaries, innovate around emerging problems and create culture that transcends convention.

CMCI strives to be a community whose excellence is premised on diversity, equity and inclusion. We seek candidates who share this commitment and demonstrate understanding of the experiences of those historically underrepresented in higher education. We welcome applications from minoritized racial and ethnic identities, ciswomen, non-normative genders and sexualities, persons with disabilities, and others who have encountered legacies of marginalization.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

This postdoc would join cross-disciplinary research teams focused on two current research efforts:
  • Supporting patients and their families in making end-of-life plans for online accounts and data through long-term, engaged participatory action research.
  • Supporting the needs of caregivers and care partners of those living with dementia (e.g., a spouse or other family member) through participatory design-informed research.

What You Should Know

This position requires an on-campus work modality. 

All University of Colorado Boulder employees are required to comply with the campus COVID-19 vaccine requirement. New employees must provide proof of vaccination or receive a medical or religious exemption within 30 days of employment

What We Can Offer

The annual salary for this position is $60,000.


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What We Require

  • A completed PhD or doctoral degree with a research background in human-computer interaction, social computing, information science, technology and society, or a related field.
  • Strong research focus aimed at addressing the needs of (1) older populations, (2) individuals living with dementia and their care partners and caregivers, (3) people at the end-of-life (at various ages), and (4) the bereaved. Prior research experience in these areas is not required but strongly preferred.
  • Experience with research and design methods relevant for the planned research projects, including participatory design, action research, community-based research, as well as qualitative data collection and analysis methods. Experience with prototyping, user testing, and field studies would also be beneficial.

What You Will Need

Additionally, the ideal candidate will have:
  • Academic ambition and curiosity, grounded in solid methodological, analytical, and theoretical foundations.
  • Strong research design skills, and the ability to communicate those designs and methods to diverse audiences.
  • The ability to take independent ownership and leadership of a project.
  • Experience in performing research projects and coordinating teamwork with a multidisciplinary team of researchers and/or practitioners.
  • Strong interest in bringing HCI and design methods to medically-focused research.
  • Previous experience in medically-focused HCI, or patient-focused research.

Special Instructions

Applications will be reviewed as they are received. Position will remain open until filled. 

To apply, please submit the following materials online: 
  1. Cover letter describing your interests and career path;
  2. CV or resumé;
  3. Contact information for at least two (2) references who can speak to your skill and experience.
We will request letters of recommendation and additional materials, if needed, as the search progresses. 

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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