News:2015-09-03: Job: Research position in Infovis: Visualizing astrophysicists’ activity, University of Nantes & CEA Paris Saclay, France (Fall 2015)
Title: Visualizing image construction in astrophysics
Keywords: information visualization, HCI, activity traces, astrophysics, scientific activity, scientific processes, STS.
Description: This research scientist / engineer position is part of the Episteme project. Our overall goal is to study how the “digital milieu” influences scientific processes and to what extent the way of carrying scientific activity has evolved and been transformed. Our approach is multi-disciplinary (computer-science, astrophysics, philosophy) and consists in studying how researchers work with data : How they process it, how they collaborate on it, how they represent it, etc.
The present research engineer will collaborate with an epistemology post-doc. The epistemology post-doc will work on the analysis of astrophysicists’ activity (from CEA Saclay IRFU ), especially the so-called “ground segment” processes that go from reception of satellite data on the ground and their calibration, to the production of scientific imagery and publications.
Based on traces of the scientific process, the research engineer will work on three categories of visualization tools:
- for the epistemology team, so that they can analyse, and interpret the traces of scientific activity;
- for the astrophysicists themselves, so that they reflect on their own activity and get insights on the way it is conducted;
- for the general public so that it can develop an understanding of astrophysics scientific activity.
The project is well funded and will provide an excellent environment for designing novel visualisation and presenting the work in leading venues.
The position is part of the Episteme project (2014-2018) and funded by the French National Research Agency (ANR). Episteme is a multi-disciplinary project involving astrophysicists, historians, philosophers, computer-scientists and media specialists from IRI Centre Pompidou, CEA Saclay IRFU, LIRIS University of Lyon 1, LINA University of Nantes, France Télévisions, Mediapart and Centre d’Histoire sociale du 20ème siècle University of Paris I.
Duration: 24 months, beginning Fall 2015.
Workplace: LINA, University of Nantes, frequent travels to Paris (Saclay) are to be expected.
2 hours from Paris, close to the Atlantic Ocean and its sea activities, Nantes is regularly quoted in newspapers as one of the most liveable city in France, it is also renowned for being a rich, lively and innovative place (see http://www.en.nantes.fr/home.html).
Profile: PhD or Master's degree with 2 years of work experience.
Gradutated in HCI or datavis. Interest for activity analysis and the humanities. Good programming skills.
Salary: > 2000€ net, depending on experience and qualification
How to apply: send CV + motivation + 2 references to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org