[Infovis] PostDoc in PeaceTech and Data Visualization, Edinburgh University

benjamin bach benj.bach at googlemail.com
Sun Apr 28 12:32:54 CEST 2019

Dear all, 

We are seeking candidates for a post-doc fellowship application in PeaceTech and data visualization at the University of Edinburgh, for up to 5 years. A detailed description can be found below and online: https://vishubblog.wordpress.com/postdoc-peacetech <https://vishubblog.wordpress.com/postdoc-peacetech>.

Application criteria: https://www.ed.ac.uk/human-resources/jobs/train-ed/train-ed-application-process <https://www.ed.ac.uk/human-resources/jobs/train-ed/train-ed-application-process>

Application deadline is May 14, but I you are interested, please contact us as soon as possible (let’s chat if you’re at CHI) and discuss a proposal and further details. 

The project will be supervised and coordinated by:
- Dr Benjamin Bach (School of Informatics and Design Informatics, Data visualization, Human Computer Interaction), http://benjbach.me
- Prof Christine Bell (School of Law, Director of Peace Agreement Settlement Programme) http://www.law.ed.ac.uk/people/christinebell <http://www.law.ed.ac.uk/people/christinebell> 

A successful candidate will benefit from an interdisciplinary and international environment, across the Schools of Informatics, School of Law, and College of Art, NGOs, and other international collaborators and their projects in conflict regions. 

best regards, 
Benjamin Bach 

Lecturer (Assistant Professor) 
in Design Informatics and Visualization
School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh


‘Edinburgh Peacetech’ is a new initiative being developed at the University of Edinburgh in conjunction with other NGOs and tech companies. It seeks to develop digital tools for conflict analysis and inclusive peacebuilding. The overarching vision is to build a collaborative peacetech hub at the University of Edinburgh, to harness the energies of interdisciplinary research, peacebuilding practitioners, and technology providers, which would produce a radical improvement in how peace processes are designed and managed to effectively end violent conflict.

This Fellowship provides an opportunity to help us shape a research agenda and new forms of academic-NGO-business collaborations, for how data collection, analysis and visualisation, and visual storytelling can support conflict interpretation and peace processes. The fellowship will investigate how data analytics, data visualization, distributed applications and platforms for engagement and participation can help us monitor and understand conflict and peace processes worldwide. This can include text mining and analysis, aggregating data from different sources, dealing with incomplete and uncertain data, developing faithful visual representations of geographic multivariate and potentially temporal data, in innovative and interactive forms.

The successful candidate will need to have strong programming and design skills, and experience in several of the following: visualization design, natural language processing, semantic web, web development and databases, workshop organization, ethnographic and qualitative research, user tracking. Some understanding of development and peacebuilding issues would be an advantage.

Interested candidates should contact Professor Christine Bell (Christine.bell at ed.ac.uk) and Dr Benjamin Bach (bbach at inf.ed.ac.uk) for an informal discussion before applying.

Eligibility Criteria: Applicants must meet eligibility criteria as listed here: https://www.ed.ac.uk/human-resources/jobs/train-ed/train-ed-application-process

Annual salary: £33,199 – £39,609. In addition, you will receive payments into a pension scheme and other benefits of employment. Each year, you will be able to use funds up to £2500 to support attendance at conferences and meetings and £6000 to support other research costs. As a special exemption, we have made our relocation support available for TRAIN at Ed fellows.


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