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We are pleased to announce a new full-time PostDoctoral Fellowship position in interactive data visualization. This position is available in conjunction with the Digital Applied Learning and Innovation (DALI) Lab at Dartmouth College, to oversee research and development in data visualization, and guide teams of students working to develop interactive data visualizations for partners from across campus and around the world. Data visualization is critical for analyzing massive data sets, deriving meaning out of information and numbers, finding patterns, and helping people make data-driven decisions. Well-designed, interactive data visualization can create an emotional and intellectual reaction to information that transforms a static data set into a meaningful story with lasting impact. This is a unique opportunity for someone who enjoys working in a dynamic setting, with an engaged team, and who is interested in applying research to real-world problems.
This position is unique in that it allows someone an opportunity to further your own research by tackling fundamental questions at the intersection of data science, computer science, design, information science, behavioral science, and quantitative social science. In addition to your own research, the Post Doc will develop methods and tools for students in the DALI Lab, and oversee interdisciplinary, highly creative and talented teams of students who are designing and developing interactive data visualizations. The DALI Lab has over 70 students per term working on around 15 distinct design and development projects. The Post Doc will help design, build, and implement a new focus area in interactive data visualization.
As a postdoctoral fellow in DALI, you will participate in the intellectual life of the program by interacting with faculty, undergraduate students, and postdoctoral fellows from across Dartmouth. Fellows will also attend seminars and workshops and are expected to present their own research on a regular basis. Dartmouth College has an active and integrated Post Doc community and because of its small size, students have an easy opportunity to collaborate across departments. In addition to the DALI Lab, the Post Doc will be part of the Computer Science department, as well as having easy access to the Thayer School of Engineering, the Math Department, Quantitative Social Sciences, the Neukom Institute Postdoctoral Fellows, and the Dartmouth Society of Fellows. Qualitative Social Sciences (QSS), a burgeoning program at Dartmouth, hosts two or more Post Docs per year, for example, and Neukom hosts 4-5 new Post Docs every year. The successful candidate will likely have an opportunity to teach a cross-listed course in Data Visualization through QSS.
The Post Doc will be supervised by Professor Lorie Loeb (Professor of Computer Science, Director of the Digital Arts Programs, Faculty Director and Co-Founder of the DALI Lab, and Co-Founder and Co-Advisor of the Human Centered Design minor) and the DALI Director (Tim Tregubov), and will work closely with all DALI Lab staff and the Student Core Leadership Team.
Applicants should have a Ph.D. degree in data science, data visualization, computer science, information science, or a related field. The ideal candidate will have both strong computational and data visualization skills, a track record of publication and collaboration, and be comfortable managing and analyzing large datasets. Applicants must have a passion for turning data into a meaningful story, as well as working with and mentoring undergraduate students.
We are looking for someone who is highly self-motivated and well-organized, has excellent interpersonal communication skills, and is able to work both independently and collaboratively with faculty, staff, students, and local businesses/non-profits.
The position is funded by a newly awarded NSF grant focused on developing creative ways to teach data science without making everyone a data scientist and then studying the impact over four years. Through a set of modules, we will infuse this 21st century language into the existing curriculum (instead of separating it out). To put data science into practice, we will build extra-curricular, experiential learning opportunities in data collection, analysis, and visualization through the DALI Lab and Internships. This second part is the focus of this Postdoctoral position.
Applicants are invited to submit application materials via Interfolio at: https://apply.interfolio.com/67530.