[Infovis] job posting: postdoctoral fellow in visualization at U Manitoba

Chris O'Dea odeac at umanitoba.ca
Mon Apr 30 22:34:03 CEST 2018

Job Description:  The Faculty of Science at the University of Manitoba 
(UM) has *one* open post-doctoral fellow position in the visualization 
of astrophysical data products with emphasis on scientific 
visualization, including the use of interactive 3D Virtual Reality 
systems. The successful applicant will be part of a multidisciplinary UM 
team of researchers covering the domains of astrophysics, data science 
and visualization.S/he will have responsibilities that include the 
development of code for visualization. The UM researchers focus on 
analyzing the radio continuum data from the Very Large Array Sky Survey 
(VLASS), which is a Square Kilometre Array (SKA) pathfinder project. As 
such the team collaborates with experts at the Universities of Toronto 
and Alberta and contributes to a pilot Canadian SKA Regional Centre, 
which is supported by a Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) 
grant.This centre will archive the catalogue and enhanced scientific 
data products from VLASS observations developed by the UM team using 
aspects of machine learning, data mining, etc.

Responsibilities:  The successful candidate will develop, maintain and 
document visualization software for a joint project between research 
groups in UM’s Computer Science and Physics & Astronomy departments. 
Their focus will be on effective, perception-based visualization of the 
VLASS catalogues and data products for 2D desktop displays, which access 
the regional centre’s web archive, and 3D immersive VR headsets. The 
goal is to facilitate exploration of big data by /human-computer 
interaction/ to enable discovery science associated with radio transient 
phenomena, active galactic nuclei, jets, supernova remnants, etc. This 
position will include some time for independent VLASS-related research 
in either astrophysics or visualization. The successful candidate will 
be expected to publish research results in the refereed journal literature.

Qualifications:  Candidates must have a PhD degree in astrophysics, 
physics, or computer science with a focus on computational science 
and/or visualization, or demonstrate the ability to acquire skills in 
these areas. Familiarity with Linux and programming skills in C++, 
Python, and fluency in written and spoken English are required. 
Competence in gaming engines (such as Unity) are a preferred asset, as 
is the ability to work across disciplines and towork well as a team 
member and independently.

Additional Information:  The University of Manitoba is situated in 
Winnipeg, which is close to lakes and nature reserves.Cost of living is 
relatively low, housing is affordable, and it is renown for its 





We offer:- Full-time employment at University of Manitoba with a 
negotiable starting date but ideally July 1, 2018 or soon after for a 
period of 3 years.

- A competitive salary $40,000 to $60,000 CAD per year with benefits 
depending on qualifications and seniority.

- We invite applications from those who can support and enhance our 
diversity, including women, Indigenous peoples, other visible 
minorities, and those committed to a diverse environment. Application 
materials, including letters of reference, will be handled in accordance 
with the "Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act". Please 
note that curricula vitae may be provided to participating members of 
the search process.

-Applications will be accepted until May 31, 2018

To apply, please send a CV, bibliography, statement of relevant 
experience, and have 3 letters of reference emailed to Prof. Chris O’Dea.

For more information please contact Prof. Chris O'Dea, email: 
odeac at umanitoba.ca

Prof. Christopher O'Dea
University of Manitoba
Dept of Physics & Astronomy
odeac at umanitoba.ca

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