The Urban Data Visualization Lab (UDVL) in the Department of Urban
Planning and Policy (UPP), College of Urban Planning and Public
Affairs (CUPPA) at the University of Illinois at Chicago invites
applications for a full-time Geospatial Data Scientist position.
Responsibilities will include managing research, service and teaching
activities within the area of geospatial analysis and visualization
technologies as pursued by UPP and UDVL.
Located just west of Chicago’s Loop, UIC is a Carnegie Research I University (very high research activity).
It enrolls 27,000 students and is the largest public research university in the Chicago area. CUPPA was
created in 1995 as part of UIC’s Great Cities Initiative and houses two academic departments(Department
of Urban Planning and Department Policy and Public Administration). The College also hosts eight other
research centers and institutes: the Center for Public Safety and Justice, Great Cities Institute, Institute
for Research on Race and Public Policy, Institute for Policy and Civic Engagement, Natalie P.Voorhees
Center for Neighborhood and Community Improvement, Survey Research Laboratory, Urban
Transportation Center, and the Government Finance Research Center .
The Department of Urban Planning and Policy (UPP) offers a highly-regarded professional degree
program, the Masters in Urban Planning and Policy (MUPP), which is accredited by the Planning
Accreditation Board. It also hosts a new and rapidly growing Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies and a small
but selective doctoral program. The department has 18 tenured and tenure-track faculty, and currently
140 MUPP students, 100 undergraduate majors, and 15 Ph.D. students are enrolled.
The Urban Data Visualization Lab (UDVL), housed within UPP, is an in-house team of spatial analysts,
modelers, designers and visualization experts who employ various technologies, including mapping and
geospatial data analysis, complex systems modeling, and visual approaches to help decision makers and
researchers across disciplines solve problems through critical geospatial reasoning and communication.
The UDVL faculty and staff also teach courses in the graduate Geospatial Analysis and Visualization (GSAV)
Certificate and the GIS minor.
Job Summary: This position is responsible for teaching activities, along with managing and conducting
research and service within the areas of geospatial analysis and visualization technologies as pursued by
the Department of Urban Planning and Policy (UPP) and the Urban Data Visualization Lab (UDVL). Due to
the teaching responsibilities included in this role there will be a faculty component associated with this
Key Responsibilities/Duties include:
• Teaching Geospatial Information and Visualization Technology course (two courses per semester).
• Contributing expertise to the development of research projects and service proposals including
designing, conducting, and coordinating research on UDVL initiatives and priority areas.
• Analyzing findings, writing research reports and presenting research finding to public audiences
• Pursuing external funding for UDVL research including developing relationships with funders,
writing grants and coordinating applications with grants and contracts staff people.
• Developing and promoting relationships with peer research organizations in mutually beneficial
• Providing professional service on awarded projects, including professional and peer reviewed
publications and journals.
• Consulting and support to students and faculty with dissertations and/or projects that incorporate
geospatial and visualization technology applications.
• Managing UDVL office operations including supervision of research and teaching assistants,
preparing annual UDVL reports, coordinating the lab’s data and technology resources.
• Performing other related duties and participating in special projects as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications (required):
• A PhD degree in Urban Planning, Geography, Engineering, Data Science, Computer Science or
related field required.
• A minimum of one (1) year of experience in using software applications, teaching, grant writing
• Knowledge of spatial data analysis and visualization methods and technologies.
• Knowledge of pedagogical approaches to teaching software.
• Relevant experience in research-based organizations with the development of research ideas and
• Basic computer programming for geospatial analysis and visualization applications.
• Advanced computer programming for geospatial analysis and visualization applications preferred.
• Demonstrated proficiency in geospatial data management and analysis, visualization and/or
decision support tools and software.
• Strong writing/reporting skills.
• Proven knowledge and experience in Geospatial analysis and visualization application
• Ability to apply and integrate geospatial and visualization technologies with other information
and communication technologies and tools, including mobile apps, social media, and spatial data
• Ability to develop relationships with stakeholders, communities and external constituents.
• Demonstrated ability in geospatial and visualization research and research administration.
• Work experience in an interdisciplinary and diverse setting.
• Ability to supervise staff and plan and manage budgets.
• Research ideas and agenda development knowledge and experience.
All application materials must be submitted via HireTouch. For fullest consideration, candidates must
submit a cover letter outlining their qualifications for and interest in the Geospatial Data Scientist position,
a current curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information of three professional
references. Please submit by October 1, 2018 to: https://jobs.uic.edu/job-board/job-
The University of Illinois at Chicago is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer that has a strong
institutional commitment to the principle of diversity and is particularly interested in receiving
applications from a broad spectrum of people, including members of ethnic minorities, women, covered
veterans, and individuals with disabilities. The University of Illinois conducts background checks on all job
candidates upon acceptance of contingent offer of employment. Background checks will be performed in
compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.