Mellon Associate Research Scholar at Columbia University in Architecture, Urbanism and the Humanities

The Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) is seeking candidates for a full-time Associate Research Scholar as part of the Andrew Mellon Foundation funded initiative in Architecture, Urbanism and the Humanities.

The position, equivalent to a Post Doc, within the School’s Center for Spatial Research (CSR). The candidate must have a background in a field of the Humanities and be enthusiastic about working in an interdisciplinary setting with researchers from diverse spheres such as Architecture and Urbanism, Art History, Anthropology, English, or History, and others.

Candidates must demonstrate literacy in the Digital Humanities with a focus on either Geographic Information Systems (GIS), or Data Visualization in the context of research in the Humanities. The selected candidate will lead their own research project as well as contribute to the center’s current research focus on Conflict Urbanism.

In addition to research responsibilities the incumbent will design and teach one of three possible lab-oriented courses run by CSR, covering either Data Visualization for Architecture, Urbanism, and the Humanities or Mapping for Architecture, Urbanism, and the Humanities or collaborative teaching in Conflict Urbanism. The interdisciplinary courses are aimed at equipping students from a diverse set of fields with key interdisciplinary digital research methods as well as data literacy for urban research.

Candidates must have a Master’s degree in a field of the Humanities, Ph.D. preferred. Expertise or interest in Data Visualization and Mapping is required. Candidates should demonstrate ability to show how their own fields of specialty intersect with or bring new tools and research methods to urban research.

Knowledge of a range (but not all) of the following tools is expected from the candidate: GIS (ESRI and Open Source), conceptual familiarity with spatial data sets and sources of GIS data, Leaflet, Mapbox, Processing, Python, Javascript, and/or D3 HTML5, CSS, Adobe Suite, APIs, R. A willingness to learn new software and most up to date tools is a requirement of the job.

This appointment is two years beginning July 1, 2016 or September 1 2016. Salary is 70K. Review of applications will begin immediately.

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