[Ieee_vis_open_positions] HCI and InfoVis postdoc position at the University of Waterloo

Jian Zhao jianzhao at uwaterloo.ca
Tue Mar 14 22:05:52 CET 2023

Postdoctoral Fellow at University of Waterloo

Job Description
The Waterloo HCI Lab<http://hci.cs.uwaterloo.ca/> in the Cheriton School of Computer Science at the University of Waterloo invites applications for a postdoctoral fellow position in the areas of visualization and human-computer interaction. The candidate will work in the WatVis research group under the supervision of Dr. Jian Zhao<https://www.jeffjianzhao.com/>. The candidate is expected to establish their own research agenda on the topic areas that are agreed upon by the candidate and the supervisor. Example topics include but are not limited to:
•       Intelligent systems for collaborative data analysis, communication, and storytelling
•       Multimodal (e.g., Pen+Touch, AR, VR) and mobile interaction techniques
•       Data-driven methods for supporting exploratory data analysis (EDA)
•       Interpretable machine learning and explainable AI
•       Human-AI interaction/collaboration
•       Systems and techniques for applications in data science, social computing, etc.
The candidate is expected to conduct original research and publish at top venues in visualization and human-computer interaction, such as VIS, CHI, UIST, and CSCW. The candidate is also invited to teach at most two courses per year, supervise research projects led by graduate students, and help with grant applications.

The candidate should have a Ph.D. in Computer Science, Information Science, or a related field. The candidate should have demonstrated experience and a strong publication record in visualization and human-computer interaction. The following technical skills are required:
•       Prototyping and development skills
•       Quantitative and qualitative research methods
•       Knowledge of applied machine learning and data science
The salary will be commensurate with typical amounts within Canadian universities, with additional funds for conference travel, and a complete benefits plan.

How to Apply
To apply, submit the following materials in one single PDF to jianzhao at uwaterloo.ca<https://mailto:jianzhao@uwaterloo.ca>. Please put “[postdoc application]” in the subject line.
•       A cover letter that describes the candidate’s research interest, motivation for the position, and short plan for their desired postdoctoral research
•       An up-to-date, full curriculum vitae
•       The names and email addresses for three referees
Not all submissions may receive a reply if application numbers are high. The position will be for one year, renewable for additional years with budget and performance allowing.

Additional Information
The David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science, housed in the University of Waterloo’s Davis Centre, brings together more than 100 professorial<https://cs.uwaterloo.ca/about/people/group/49>, emeritus<https://cs.uwaterloo.ca/about/people/group/51> and lecturer<https://cs.uwaterloo.ca/about/people/group/50> faculty members, 60 administrative, instructional and technical staff<https://cs.uwaterloo.ca/about/people/group/55>, and more than 4,000 undergraduate students and 400 graduate students<https://cs.uwaterloo.ca/current-graduate-students/graduate-student-listing>. The Cheriton School of Computer Science had its origin as the Department of Applied Analysis and Computer Science, founded in 1967, and has since grown to become the largest academic computer science research centre in Canada.

We are ranked number one nationally for the third year in a row<https://cs.uwaterloo.ca/news/cs-at-waterloo-ranked-number-one-nationally-for-third-year-in-a-row-by-macleans> based on our program and research reputation according to the Maclean’s 2023 university rankings, and among the top 25 universities internationally according to the 2022<https://cs.uwaterloo.ca/news/cs-at-waterloo-remains-top-ranked-subject-according-to-2022-qs-world-university-rankings> and 2021<https://cs.uwaterloo.ca/news/computer-science-remains-top-rated-waterloo-program-internationally> Quacquarelli Symonds worldwide university subject rankings. You can learn about our history at quick facts<https://cs.uwaterloo.ca/about/quick-facts> and our recent achievements at annual highlights<https://cs.uwaterloo.ca/about/annual-highlights>.

The University of Waterloo regards equity and diversity as an integral part of academic excellence and is committed to accessibility for all employees. As such, we encourage applications from women, persons with disabilities, Indigenous peoples, members of visible minorities and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. At Waterloo, you will have the opportunity to work across disciplines and collaborate with an international community of scholars and a diverse student body, situated in a rapidly growing community that has been termed a “hub of innovation.”


Jian Zhao, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science
University of Waterloo

519-888-4567, ext. 32987
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