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Research Associate in Visual Data Science

Reference Number
Northampton Square  Map & Directions
School / Service
School of Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering
Department of Computer Science
Contract Duration
Salary Range (£)
36001 to 41709


City, University of London is a global university committed to academic excellence with a focus on business and the professions and an enviable central London location.

City is in the world’s top four per cent (Times Higher Education World University Rankings), attracts around 19,500 students (35% postgraduate), is top in London for student satisfaction (Complete University Guide), well above the sector average for graduate employability in most subjects and eleventh in the UK for starting salaries.  City joined the University of London in 2016.

In the last REF, City doubled the proportion of its total academic staff producing world-leading or internationally excellent research.

The position is within the giCentre, a Research Centre within the Department of Computer Science at City, University of London. The centre has internationally known expertise in data visualisation, visual analytics, and user-centred information visualisation design & implementation.
We are seeking a Research Associate in Visual Data Science to conduct research in developing the foundations of how analysts can use natural language elements within exploratory visual data analysis processes through novel techniques where natural language and visualisation based interactions operate in harmony.
The is an EPSRC funded post.It is scheduled to start in September 2017, or as soon as possible thereafter, and is full-time for a period of 12 months. 


• To carry out research both independently, as part of the research team in the project, and also within giCentre at City, University of London
• To ask fundamental questions on the role of visualisation and interaction in data science
• Participate in the design and execution of online and in-person user studies
• Develop, together with the PI, a theoretical framework that underpins the interaction strategies
• Implement interactive prototypes and realise use-cases while working closely with the researchers based within the industrial partner

Person Specification

The successful candidate will be expected to have a Postgraduate degree in Computer Science or related fields with a track record of relevant original research of high standard. A PhD degree in a relevant discipline is highly desirable (either awarded or thesis submitted).
A good knowledge of programming, preferably in JavaScript, D3, and/or other popular programming languages such as Python, Java, and/or R is required.

Additional Information

City offers a sector-leading salary, pension scheme and benefits including a comprehensive package of staff training and development.


Closing date for applications: 11.59pm on 13th July 2017.


Actively working to promote equal opportunity and diversity.


Academic excellence for business and the professions.

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