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Data Visualization Specialist - University Libraries

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Date: Jan 18, 2018

Location: Cincinnati, OH, US

The University of Cincinnati Libraries seeks a creative and forward-thinking Data Visualization Specialist to develop a distinctive program of support in data visualization that enables innovations in both teaching and research. The Specialist will manage the Libraries’ new Visualization Laboratory, a groundbreaking collaborative space with a large multi-screen visualization wall. The Specialist joins our creative and dynamic Researcher Services team, a cross-disciplinary group engaging faculty and students in the areas of data management and analysis, scholarly communications, GIS, and bio/informatics.  Working with Researcher Services and others in research computing, digital scholarship and related campus units, the Specialist will serve as an expert consultant to our premier faculty and scholars on visual thinking and data visualization techniques and software.  This is a full-time position at a (2) two-year appointment. 


The mission of the University of Cincinnati Libraries is to empower discovery, stimulate learning and inspire the creation of knowledge by connecting students, faculty, researchers and scholars to dynamic data, information and resources. The Libraries strive to be a creative and dynamic organization that is recognized as a model provider of access to premier library collections and quality service.



  1. Develop and deliver scalable data visualization services and resources, in collaboration with Research Services team members, Digital Scholarship Center staff, and others as appropriate.
  2. Provide consultation to faculty, students, and other researchers on data visualization techniques, tools, and software.  Employ best practices in developing sustainable and assessable services that support and enhance UC’s teaching and research agendas.
  3. Identify, leverage, and champion the optimal tools and technologies for data visualization.
  4. Assist with outreach and promotion efforts to integrate data visualization into the broader campus ecosystem.
  5. Manage the visualization laboratory space located in the Geology-Mathematics-Physics Library.  Create and maintain documentation on technology, tools, and best practices.  Track usage, conduct assessments, and make recommendations for technology and space enhancements.
  6. Design and deliver workshops and trainings on visualization tools and techniques. Develop instructional materials and e-learning modules.
  7. Assist with broader researcher services initiatives, including support for research data management, GIS, informatics, and big data.
  8. Provide backup for operational duties in the Geology-Mathematics-Physics Library as necessary, including assistance with user questions and library collections.
  9. Functional supervisor for student assistants as related to responsibilities



MINIMUM QUALIFICATION:   Bachelor's degree -OR- Associate's degree with two years of experience -OR- four years of experience; experience must be in graphic design, computer science, information science, data science, informatics, or related field.



  • Experience utilizing a variety of data visualization tools and methods to create graphs, charts, timelines, maps, dashboards, infographics, etc.
  • Experience with digital research tools and digital research methods
  • Exceptional analytical, conceptual, and problem-solving abilities
  • Strong commitment to providing innovative and responsive service
  • Effective communication skills, including the ability to clearly and concisely express complex work and ideas in everyday language
  • Prior experience in teaching or instruction
  • Working knowledge of a scripting language such as Python or R.
  • Experience with statistical packages such as STATA, SPSS or SAS, or experience with geospatial analysis software.
  • Experience with data visualization software such as Tableau, D3.js, ggplot2 or Gephi.
  • Master’s degree or other advanced degree in computer/information science or other relevant field in design or technology


The University of Cincinnati, as a multi-national and culturally diverse university, is committed to providing an inclusive, equitable and diverse place of learning and employment. As part of a complete job application you will be asked to include a Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion statement.


The University of Cincinnati is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer / M / F / Veteran / Disabled.


REQ: 23687


Nearest Major Market: Cincinnati

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