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++ PhD post: mobile location-aware and responsive interfaces ++

The Geographic Information Visualization and Analysis (GIVA) group at the University of Zurich invites applications for a doctoral research position in the context of the ERC Advanced Project GeoViSense, lead by the GIVA group head and PI Sara Irina Fabrikant. This project, at the interface of GIScience (geovisual analytics) and neuro-cognitive science aims to study how we make space-time decisions with geographic information displays (GIDs) in varying mobile decision making contexts, and to develop respective display design guidelines for future user, task, and context-responsive GIDs to better support efficient and effective space-time decision making on the go.

We seek a highly self-motivated researcher who will work efficiently and effectively on an interdisciplinary and collaborative research project involving mobile location-aware interfaces. Applications from women and under-represented groups are especially encouraged. A completed MSc (by thesis) in Geography and/or a closely related discipline (e.g., Psychology, Cognitive|Neuro Science, Computer|Data Science, etc.) is required. You will be interested in carrying out a PhD, empirically examining the role of user, task, and changing context factors for mobile decision making with location-aware geographic information displays. You will have a good standard of written and spoken English. Knowledge of German, whilst not required, would be an advantage. Ideally, the substantive domains of contribution within GIScience include geographic information visualization/geovisual analytics, spatial cognition, quantitative (empirical) research methods, and related areas. A background in empirical data collection (indoors|outdoors), quantitative data analyses, and programming for mobile applications would be an asset.  The successful candidate will be hired on a 1-year contract (starting February 1st, 2018 or soon thereafter), which will be extended to the nominal 4-year PhD period after positive evaluation.

For informal thematic inquiries about this position contact Prof. Sara Irina Fabrikant, Email: sara.fabrikant@geo.uzh.ch (subject: GeoViSense PhD), or by phone: +41-44-635-5150.

Applications must include a motivation letter, a CV, transcripts, and the contact information of two referees. Apply digitally to: Human Resources, Department of Geography, University of Zurich, Winterthurerstr. 190, CH-8057 Zurich, Switzerland, Email: secretary.giva@geo.uzh.ch (subject: GeoViSense PhD), phone: +41-44-635-5151. Review of applications will begin in January 2018, and will continue until the position is filled.

++ PhD post: 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 (including spatialization).

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 data collection and data analysis. Applications from women and under-represented groups are especially encouraged. 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 are interested in presenting your results orally and in scientific 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 February 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 http://www.geo.uzh.ch/giva. For informal thematic inquiries about this position please contact Prof. Sara Irina Fabrikant, Email: sara@geo.uzh.ch (subject: PhD GeoVA), or by phone: +41-44-635-5150.

Applications must include a motivation letter with sample research questions, a CV, transcripts, and the contact information of two referees. Apply digitally to: Human Resources, Department of Geography, University of Zurich, Winterthurerstr. 190, CH-8057 Zurich, Switzerland, Email: secretary.giva@geo.uzh.ch (subject: GeoVA PhD), phone: +41-44-635-5151. Review of applications will begin February 1st 2018, and will continue until the position is filled.

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