Data Visualization Coordinator

Posted to IASSIST on: 2011-08-25

Employer: Duke University

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The Data Visualization Coordinator supports information visualization across multiple disciplines at Duke University.¬† The position is responsible for providing instruction and outreach to faculty, students, and interdisciplinary campus groups, supporting both individual and team or lab visualization projects. S/He also represents Duke in the information visualization community and provides leadership in developing and evolving visualization services in concert with faculty needs and research computing strategies. The position reports to both the Head of Data and GIS Services within Duke University Libraries and to the Director of Research Computing within the University’s Office of Information Technology.


  • Advises, consults, develops and provides technical support and training to students and faculty from all academic disciplines in the visualization of data, with an emphasis on information visualization.
  • Leads workshops and training session on information visualization tools and strategies.
  • Supports researchers in the Data and GIS Services Lab with data and data visualization questions.
  • Serves as an active member of the Research Computing Advisory Committee, prepares reports as needed.
  • Creates guides and interfaces to enhance information visualization at Duke University.
  • Supports research groups with proposal development for external funding for visualization activities.
  • Provides software assessment; recommends packages for site license consideration, and advise IT community on specifications for display and rendering hardware and software.
  • Collaborates with other library units on projects involving information visualization.
  • Participates in relevant conferences and meetings.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

 Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • This position may supervise interns or research assistants

It is the expectation that all Duke University Library staff members will demonstrate exceptional workplace behaviors in the execution of their specific position responsibilities. These behaviors are customer focus, collaboration, creative problem solving, continuous learning and a commitment to diversity.



  • Master’s degree in a field related to information visualization or equivalent combination of education and experience


  • Second advanced degree in a related field.



  • At least one year of experience working in the area of information visualization or comparable education and experience; demonstrated ability to provide consultations and instruction to researchers on information visualization; demonstrated experience with data management (data transformation and coding skills) and use in a variety of contexts; experience with at least one programming language (such as C, C++, Java, Perl, Python, R); experience with data visualization tools and with tool programming libraries; able to construct and automatically extract information from databases; excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills; able to work independently and as a member of a team.


  • Previous experience supporting information visualization in a research setting; experience working with geospatial/georeferenced data collections; able to effectively work with large (greater than a gigabyte) data sets; experience with additional programming languages (such as C, C++, Java, Perl, Python, R).

Archived on: 2011-09-30