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The Spatial Information Design Lab and the Brown Institute for Media Innovation are hiring for the Synapse project

The Spatial Information Design Lab and the Brown Institute for Media Innovation are seeking applicants for 'The Synapse', a groundbreaking interdisciplinary project. The Synapse is a large-scale, permanent installation to be located in the ground floor of the Jerome L Greene Science Center, opening on the new Manhattanville campus in the summer of 2016. 

For more information about the project, please refer to this page: http://spatialinformationdesignlab.org/projects/synapse

We are now looking for candidates for the following four positions:

Graphic Designer

Data Visualization Specialist

Data Scientist

Junior Programmer

Read on for more information about the positions below:

Graphic Designer 

This position will focus on the creation of consistent visual language as well as frameworks and templating systems across multiple media, though primarily focusing on screen based/interactive systems located in the urban layer space of the Jerome L Greene Science center. The successful candidate will work closely in collaboration with an interdisciplinary design team consisting also of a science writer, a data scientist / programmer, a data visualization specialist and architectural designers working in collaboration with the Brown Institute for Media Innovation, located in the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University. 

Education / Experience: Bachelor's Degree or the equivalent required. 4-6 years of related experience required.  

Required skillset: Must have demonstrable experience creating consistent experiences across multiple media platforms and demonstrable experience with identity design / branding. Must be fluent in Adobe CS applications, custom typography design, template design, motion graphics and storyboard creation. Ability to work collaboratively and to think critically and creatively to problem-solve required. Excellent interpersonal skills, presentation skills and organization required.  

Experience with 2d animation tools (such as After Effects) and data visualization frameworks such as processing preferred.  

Apply here: jobs.columbia.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=149812

 

Data Visualization Specialist  

This position will focus on the creation of various interactive data visualizations for the major components of the installation, all located in the urban layer space of the Jerome L Greene Science center. as well as the web and motion formats of the other two projects. The successful candidate will work closely in collaboration with an interdisciplinary design team consisting also of a science writer, a data scientists / programmer, a data visualization specialist, a graphic designer and architectural designers working in collaboration with the Brown Institute for Media Innovation, located in the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University, as well as faculty in the Arts and Sciences. 

Education / Experience: Bachelor's Degree or the equivalent required. 4-6 years of related experience required.  

Required skillset: Must have demonstrable experience creating engaging and novel interactive visualizations in multiple media. Must be fluent in software frameworks such as Processing and d3, and in programming languages such as Python and Javascript. Some familiarity with web development frameworks, basic HTML and using APIs required. Ability to work collaboratively and to think critically and creatively to problem-solve required. Must have experience working in creative teams in an art/design context. Excellent interpersonal skills, presentation skills and organization required.

Experience with Adobe CS applications, typography, template design and graphic design preferred.  

Apply here: jobs.columbia.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=149815

 

Data Scientist

Reporting to the Director, David and Helen Gurley Brown Institute for Media Innovation, the Data Scientist will lead the creation of algorithms and data visualizations for 'The Synapse', a groundbreaking interdisciplinary project in collaboration with the Spatial Information Design Lab at Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. 

Develops algorithms and data visualizations that pull information from various exhibits and systems located in the urban layer space of the Jerome L Greene Science center such as visitor behavior, interaction with various exhibits as well as feeds from social media and Neuroscience specific data sources. 

Works closely in collaboration with an interdisciplinary design team consisting also of a science writer, a data visualization specialist, a graphic designer and architectural designers working at the Spatial Information Design Lab. Manage junior level computer scientist to enhance development of algorithms, visualizations, and art/design projects as assigned. Performs other duties as assigned. This is a full time temporary position through October 31, 2015, with the possibility of extension dependent on performance and the availability of funding. 

Education / Experience: Bachelor's degree is required, Advanced degree desirable. Minimum of 4-6 years related experience. M.S. or higher in data science, computer science or other relevant fields. 

Required skillset: Some experience with API design and DSL / Language design is also required. 

Fluency with multiple general-purpose scripting languages such as Python, R and Javascript are required, as well as in-depth knowledge of document-oriented storage systems such as MongoDB and others. Demonstrated ability in critical and creative thinking / problem solving; Capability to work independently and in a team; Good communication and presentation skills. 

Experience working in creative teams in an art/design context is preferred but not necessary. Experience with MATLAB and other scientific systems used in Neuroscience is a plus. Demonstrable track record of driving interdisciplinary art/design projects.  

Apply here: jobs.columbia.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=150426  

 

Junior Programmer  

Reporting to the Data Scientist, the Computer Scientist, Junior, will focus on the creation of custom APIs, domain specific languages and other work for 'The Synapse', a groundbreaking interdisciplinary project, in collaboration with the Spatial Information Design Lab at Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. 

Develops custom APIs, domain specific languages for installation components of in the Jerome L Greene Science Center. Supports projects through creation of various components for the installations within the urban layer space of the Jerome L Greene Science center. Reports to and works closely with the senior data scientist on The Synapse projects. Collaborates with an interdisciplinary design team consisting also of a science writer, a data visualization specialist, a graphic designer and architectural designers working at the Spatial Information Design Lab. Performs other duties as assigned. This is a part-time, temporary position through October 31, 2015, with the possibility of extension dependent on performance and the availability of funding. 

Education / Experience: Bachelor's degree in computer science and/or its equivalent required. Minimum of up to 2 years related experience.  

Required skillset: Fluency in various programming languages such as Python, Java and Javascript. Demonstrated ability in critical and creative thinking / problem solving. Capability to work independently and in a team. Good communication and presentation skills.  Experience working in creative teams in an art/design context. 

Demonstrable experience with the creation of domain specific languages and APIs is a plus. Motivated with demonstrable track record of driving interdisciplinary art/design projects. Some knowledge of web frameworks/ templating systems would be a preferable.  

Apply here: jobs.columbia.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=150408  

 

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Monday, August 24, 2015