Columbia University, Spatial Information Design Lab, Associate Research Scientist/Scholar; review of apps. begins immediately

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Reference: JOB36738
Application deadline: CLOSED


The Spatial Information Design Lab at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation (GSAPP) is seeking candidates for a full-time Associate Research Scientist/Scholar position focusing on Data Visualization and Data Science. The job involves working on “The Advanced Data Visualization Project” beginning December 2013 through November 2014, with the possibility of renewal of contract. This is an interdisciplinary project being hosted at the GSAPP at Columbia University, and is being directed by Laura Kurgan, Associate Professor of Architecture and Director of the Spatial Information Design Lab, and David Benjamin, Assistant Professor of Architecture and Director of The Living Architecture Lab at GSAPP.

Responsibilities will include mining and analyzing “big data,” processing and possibly collecting data, and/or visualizing data in compelling and innovative ways. The work may include:

a. working with professors across diverse disciplines in the University including Architecture and Urbanism, Journalism, Law, Statistics, Biology, Neuroscience, and Computer Science, and

b. participating in an exhibition or publication project that will conclude two years’ work.

Job requirements include a select combination of excellent visual design skills; data management and data analysis skills; proficiency with web development tools; experience with machine learning tools; conceptual familiarity with data sets of diverse sources; strong oral and written communication skills; careful attention to detail and persistent pursuit of accuracy and consistency; demonstrated experience with collaborative research; and supervisory experience.

Working knowledge of a range of the following tools is expected: Processing, Python, R, C++, Objective C, Access, Stata/SPSS, HTML, CSS, Javascript, D3, other web development languages, GIS (ESRI or Open Source), Adobe Suite, and APIs. We will pay special attention to any other innovative skills you might like to bring to the project. Preference will be given to candidates who combine skills in Data Science and, Data Visualization.

Candidates must have a Masters degree, or the equivalent, and two-three years related work experience. Master's level training in architecture, computer science, graphic design, spatial analysis, urban planning, or a related field is greatly preferred.

For additional information and submission requirements please visit our online application site at:

Review of applications will begin immediately.

Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.