Director of Data Visualization Research

Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not specified
Oct 07, 2020
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Director of Data Visualization Research

About Northeastern:
Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global research university and the recognized leader in experience-driven lifelong learning. Our world-renowned experiential approach empowers our students, faculty, alumni, and partners to create impact far beyond the confines of discipline, degree, and campus.

Our locations—in Boston; Charlotte, North Carolina; London; Portland, Maine; San Francisco; Seattle; Silicon Valley; Toronto; Vancouver; and the Massachusetts communities of Burlington and Nahant—are nodes in our growing global university system. Through this network, we expand opportunities for flexible, student-centered learning and collaborative, solutions-focused research.

Northeastern's comprehensive array of undergraduate and graduate programs— in a variety of on-campus and online formats—lead to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools. Among these, we offer more than 195 multi-discipline majors and degrees designed to prepare students for purposeful lives and careers.

About the Opportunity:
Northeastern University invites applications for a Director of Data Visualization Research, located at The Roux Institute at Northeastern University, in Portland, Maine. The Roux Institute is designed as an engine of innovation, talent, and economic growth in Portland, the state of Maine, and the region. Partnership is what sets our education and research model apart. With leading companies at the table from day one, we are creating an agile workforce prepared to thrive in a competitive landscape powered by artificial intelligence as a force for good, and an environment for innovation in the life sciences and other high-growth sectors.

The Director of Data Visualization Research at The Roux Institute at Northeastern University will provide the leadership for overseeing the growth of a research program that will be positioned at the interface of machine learning and/or artificial intelligence with research problems in life sciences, medicine, engineering, information design and data visualization. The program will be translational in nature, focusing on the design of data and data-driven modes of interface, engagement and communication in fields including robotics, materials, construction, advanced manufacturing, bioengineering, biomaterials, and biomedical devices.

Besides driving their own research program as a Northeastern University faculty member, the Director will coordinate a portfolio of highly matrixed collaborations that apply data visualization, with contributors on the Institute campus in Portland ME and beyond. Contributors will include faculty and professional research staff at The Roux Institute, faculty across the Northeastern network, and industry researchers who may be co-located at the Institute or localized within their own company. The portfolio will be connected to the collection of highly innovative university institutes, including the Institute for Experiential Artificial Intelligence (

The Director will be expected to collaborate with faculty and administration at all the Northeastern network campuses (currently Boston, Burlington, MA, Seattle, Vancouver, Toronto, San Francisco, Charlotte, London, and Silicon Valley), and will become a central resource for the Institute in applying data visualization research across the entire network; therefore, an ability to communicate across a wide range of research disciplines is essential.

Key responsibilities include:

Development and implementation of a funding strategy that leverages a combination of federal and industrial sources and marshals the faculty and research staff at The Roux Institute to respond to large scale research funding opportunities.

Representing The Roux Institute Data Visualization research portfolio to external audiences, including funders, state, local and federal government, corporate or academic partners, and potential new partners

Internally interfacing with the data visualization research community across the Northeastern network, in order to identify internal collaborators across the university whose work is aligned with or complements that at The Roux Institute.

Collaboration with The Roux Institute Strategic Alliance and Partnerships teams in identifying research partners across the US who complement The Roux Institute portfolio and wish to engage in research in the Portland ecosystem.

Direct oversight of a cadre of data visualization faculty and professional research staff at the Institute, and at least one research administrator.

Contributions to the teaching mission at the Roux Institute; tenured faculty will have explicit expectations for teaching in support of the Institute educational mission; non-tenure track will have an option to teach but, in the spirit of infusing research into our curriculum, will also be expected to collaborate with the Roux Institute academic leadership in enhancing our academic program offerings

Tenured faculty have an explicit expectation for service to the Institute, University, and profession.

Central to The Roux Institute are fifteen partner organizations within the Maine ecosystem and beyond; these organizations span industry, academia, and nonprofits. Thus, the Director must be a professional who can work to proactively develop deep research relationships with regional industry. The Director will display an entrepreneurial spirit to grow a research environment that is highly unique in higher education.

The successful candidate may be hired at one of three academic titles, depending on credentials: a tenured professor (open rank); a full-time, non-tenure track Professor of the Practice; or a Research Professor (open rank). The successful candidate will be appointed as a faculty member in one or more Northeastern Colleges and departments as appropriate, and will report to the Senior Vice Provost for Portland in the role of Director, as well as to their disciplinary department chair in their role as a faculty member.

  • PhD or other terminal degree in fields related to data visualization (media, design, information science, etc). with experience level appropriate for appointment at the rank of Professor, Professor of Practice, or Research Professor.
  • Demonstrated track record of scholarly achievement in interdisciplinary fields related to data, interface, user and experience design, visual cognition, information science, information design, and new media communication, with a commensurate research funding history.
  • National prominence as a research leader in own discipline
  • For hire as Tenured Professor: the candidate must have received tenure at an R1 Research Institution and be deemed appropriate for tenure at Northeastern University. All potential candidates for this title are required to go through the full tenure process at Northeastern University before tenure is obtained.

Preferred Qualifications:

Entrepreneurial, energetic, and collaborative leadership skills. Excellent communication skills across diverse audiences and settings. A strategic mindset. Ability to work in a fast-paced and innovative setting. He/she must have experience working independently and as a member of a team. Some travel may be required to regional campus(es), particularly Boston.

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Additional Information:
Please submit a cover letter of interest highlighting research and teaching accomplishments and relevant professional experience, a curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information of at least three references. If the candidate wishes to be considered for a tenured position, the cover letter must provide a description of the rationale for such, in accordance with the qualifications listed above.

Compensation is commensurate with qualifications.

Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff. Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion.

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

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