MIT’s Norman B. Leventhal Center for Advanced Urbanism is seeking a research associate to join a team working on the design and planning of large-scale, complex metropolitan environments. This position will divide their time with MIT’s Civic Data Design Lab and will contribute to several ongoing research efforts. At the LCAU’s they will support new initiatives being developed at the intersection of data science, technology and city design, with a particular interest in the ethical practices of data. The research associate should be comfortable contributing to research framing, as well as undertaking the development of tools that might aid designers in their use of data. We are also looking for someone who has the ability to process and synthesize large data sets. They will work in close collaboration with the Director of Norman B. Leventhal Center for Advanced Urbanism and will provide regular updates on research progress. Other responsibilities may include coordinating and preparing grant proposals, and maintenance of servers and databases. The research associate will be expected to build a publication record, through both traditional and non-traditional outlets. This is a one-year appointment with the possibility of renewal dependent upon funding and progress.
Minimum Qualifications: A Master’s degree or terminal degree in architecture, urban design, urban planning, or geography or a related field of study, and 2 or more years of direct experience required. Experience with web development and AWS management, databases, data visualization, web mapping tools and data science required. Knowledge of Spark also extremely beneficial.
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