[Ieee_vis_open_positions] Post-doctoral Position in visualization, urban design, and civic data analysis at UMass Amherst

Narges Mahyar nmahyar at cs.umass.edu
Wed Feb 5 19:15:27 CET 2020

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The College of Information and Computer Sciences (CICS
<https://www.cics.umass.edu/>) at UMass Amherst is searching for a
Postdoctoral Research Associate to conduct innovative and exciting research
in the areas of visualization, urban design, and civic data analysis with Prof.
Narges Mahyar <https://groups.cs.umass.edu/nmahyar/>. Prof. Mahyar conducts
research at the intersection of visualization, social computing, and
crowdsourcing with the goal of advancing civic technology that addresses
social inequality by including marginalized perspectives and leveraging the
diversity of viewpoints and experiences to drive collective innovation. The
project aims at developing novel methods and systems to support democratic
public participation in civic decisions and analysis of large-scale civic


   - Ph.D. in Computer Science or a related technical field.
   - Strong background in interactive data visualization and analysis.
   - Experienced in designing and implementing empirical user studies.
   - Experienced with both qualitative and quantitative research methods.
   - Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively in a
   diverse interdisciplinary team.
   - Demonstrated ability to work with and mentor graduate students.
   - Excellent written and oral communication.
   - Experience in developing and applying machine learning models is
   - Research experience in urban informatics and/or civic technologies is

*Additional Information:*

All recipients receive a salary of US $60,000/year for full-time employment
as well as full benefits. Additional funds are available for equipment and
professional travel. The position will be for two years with possible
extension for a third year.

*Application Instructions:*

To apply please submit a 1) CV, 2) a cover letter stating background,
experience, interest in the position, and career objectives, 3) the names
and contact information for three references, and 4) a relevant sample of
published work.

*Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the
position is filled. May 18, 2020 is the preferred start date, but we can be
flexible depending on the candidate’s preferences.*

For more information about *how to apply* please visit:

*About UMass Amherst*

*UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally-ranked
public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate
and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the
scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural
environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition,
the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College,
Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to
the intellectual energy of the region.*

*UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard
to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age,
sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status,
or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in
academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors
who provide services or products to the University.  To fulfill that
policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative
action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase
opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities,
women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans.  It is the policy
of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state
statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and
affirmative action.*

Narges Mahyar
Assistant Professor
College of Information and Computer Sciences
University of Massachusetts Amherst
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