University of Zurich: Doctoral research assistant position

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University of Zurich: Doctoral research assistant position


RE: Doctoral research assistant position in geovisual analytics (open topic)

The Geographic Information Visualization and Analysis group at the University of Zurich invites applications for a doctoral research assistant position in Geographic Information Science/Geovisualization to work on a research project related to geovisual analytics. The highly motivated, successful applicant is asked to suggest, develop, and answer a timely and relevant research question related to spatio-temporal knowledge discovery and knowledge construction using geovisual analytics displays. A research focus in (text or multimedia) spatialization is also welcomed.

Applicants are required to have successfully completed a Master’s degree (by thesis) in a relevant area, e.g., Geography, Geographic Information Science, or Computer Science. You have an established background in quantitative and/or qualitative methodologies for (online) data collection and data analysis. You are familiar with information visualization including (carto-)graphic design and (geo-)data mining. You have solid implementation skills (e.g., Java, JavaScript, C#, or similar) and are confident in, for example, implementing an interactive geovisual analytics system. You have a proven ability to work independently on guided projects, and you are interested in presenting your results orally and in publications to a larger scientific audience. You have a very good standard of written and spoken English, and knowledge of German, whilst not required, would be an advantage.

The successful candidate will be hired on a 1-year contract (starting May 1st, 2018 or soon thereafter), which will be extended to the nominal 4-year PhD period after positive evaluation. For more background information about this position, please visit us on the Web at For informal thematic inquiries about this position please contact Dr. Halldór Janetzko (Groupleader), Email: (subject: PhD GeoVA), or by phone: +41-44-635-5152.

Applications must include a motivation letter with sample research questions, a CV, transcripts, and the contact information of two referees and should be send as a PDF document.. Apply digitally to: Human Resources, Department of Geography, University of Zurich, Winterthurerstr. 190, CH-8057 Zurich, Switzerland, Email: (subject: GeoVA PhD). Review of applications will begin April 1st 2018, and will continue until the position is filled.


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