The Director of Data Visualization Research at The Roux Institute at Northeastern University will provide the leadership for overseeing the growth of a research program that will be positioned at the interface of machine learning and/or artificial intelligence with research problems in life sciences, medicine, engineering, information design and data visualization. The program will be translational in nature, focusing on the design of data and data-driven modes of interface, engagement and communication in fields including robotics, materials, construction, advanced manufacturing, bioengineering, biomaterials, and biomedical devices.
Besides driving their own research program as a Northeastern University faculty member, the Director will coordinate a portfolio of highly matrixed collaborations that apply data visualization, with contributors on the Institute campus in Portland ME and beyond. Contributors will include faculty and professional research staff at The Roux Institute, faculty across the Northeastern network, and industry researchers who may be co-located at the Institute or localized within their own company. The portfolio will be connected to the collection of highly innovative university institutes, including the Institute for Experiential Artificial Intelligence (https://www.northeastern.edu/experientialai/)
The Director will be expected to collaborate with faculty and administration at all the Northeastern network campuses (currently Boston, Burlington, MA, Seattle, Vancouver, Toronto, San Francisco, Charlotte, London, and Silicon Valley), and will become a central resource for the Institute in applying data visualization research across the entire network; therefore, an ability to communicate across a wide range of research disciplines is essential.
Key responsibilities include:
Development and implementation of a funding strategy that leverages a combination of federal and industrial sources and marshals the faculty and research staff at The Roux Institute to respond to large scale research funding opportunities.
Representing The Roux Institute Data Visualization research portfolio to external audiences, including funders, state, local and federal government, corporate or academic partners, and potential new partners
Internally interfacing with the data visualization research community across the Northeastern network, in order to identify internal collaborators across the university whose work is aligned with or complements that at The Roux Institute.
Collaboration with The Roux Institute Strategic Alliance and Partnerships teams in identifying research partners across the US who complement The Roux Institute portfolio and wish to engage in research in the Portland ecosystem.
Direct oversight of a cadre of data visualization faculty and professional research staff at the Institute, and at least one research administrator.
Contributions to the teaching mission at the Roux Institute; tenured faculty will have explicit expectations for teaching in support of the Institute educational mission; non-tenure track will have an option to teach but, in the spirit of infusing research into our curriculum, will also be expected to collaborate with the Roux Institute academic leadership in enhancing our academic program offerings
Tenured faculty have an explicit expectation for service to the Institute, University, and profession.
Central to The Roux Institute are fifteen partner organizations within the Maine ecosystem and beyond; these organizations span industry, academia, and nonprofits. Thus, the Director must be a professional who can work to proactively develop deep research relationships with regional industry. The Director will display an entrepreneurial spirit to grow a research environment that is highly unique in higher education.
The successful candidate may be hired at one of three academic titles, depending on credentials: a tenured professor (open rank); a full-time, non-tenure track Professor of the Practice; or a Research Professor (open rank). The successful candidate will be appointed as a faculty member in one or more Northeastern Colleges and departments as appropriate, and will report to the Senior Vice Provost for Portland in the role of Director, as well as to their disciplinary department chair in their role as a faculty member.