Position Description

Manager, Visual Analytics Lab
Job Code 1718
Department Research Labs & Projects
Employment Type Temporary/Contract
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Visual Analytics research at OCAD University (OCAD U) is focused on research, innovation and training in information, and scientific visualizations and visual analytics. This position reports to Dr. Sara Diamond and supports her research as well as that of other researchers as assigned by Dr. Diamond within the Visual Analytics Lab (VAL).


Summary of Responsibilities:

  • Assist in various grant application processes
  • Provide research and training support in visual analytics and visualization design as assigned
  • Participate in research projects, including the development of research plans, conducting of research, and writing for research publication
  • Work closely with the research office and finance departments to manage Dr. Diamond’s research budgets and other VAL budgets as assigned
  • Oversee the hiring of undergraduate and graduate Research Assistants per various grant agreements
  • Assist with recruitment and hiring of Post-Doctoral and Research Fellows
  • Assist with Research Assistant contracts and administrative matters related to research assistants
  • Ensure compliance with grant provisions
  • Meet with potential research partners, from both industry and academia
  • Coordinate industry partnerships
  • Promote and raise the profile of visual analytics research at OCAD U
  • Support activities within the VAL including scheduling as assigned by Dr. Diamond
  • Perform editing and writing support tasks, including grant writing support, background literature gathering and reporting needed for new grant and partnership project applications, paper and report editing support for team project publications, including collaboration on publications and presentations, writing, editing, and reviewing
  • Provide technical support for the VAL in coordination with IT Services as assigned by Dr. Diamond
  • Work with grant-funded Post-Doctoral Research Fellows and Dr. Diamond to manage Research Assistants, liaise with industry research partners, identify opportunities for publication, ensure compliance with REB requirements and organize regular research meetings
  • Support Dr. Diamond in related tasks or projects contributing to the successful operation of the Visual Analytics Lab



  • Post-secondary degree in Design, Digital Media or Computer Science or related field; Masters or PhD considered an asset
  • Minimum of three (3) years of experience, preferably in a post-secondary educational environment, or equivalent; combination of Research Assistance experience will be considered
  • Excellent project management skills, with the ability to manage budgets and proof of previous project management experience
  • Experience using Microsoft Office 365
  • Strong design capabilities in visual analytics and data visualization
  • Strong organizational, interpersonal, oral and written communications and problem solving skills
  • Strong understanding and experience with data visualization, infographics design, or data science
  • A demonstrated ability and comfort with managing high impact design and academic research teams
  • Familiarity with programming languages, data visualization design tools and applications such as Tableau and D3
  • Ability to organize and conduct presentations, design charrettes, workshops, subject matter expert talks, lectures, and user testing sessions in the lab
  • Knowledge of research methodology and research ethics
  • Demonstrated commitment to the principles of diversity and equity, and experience promoting a respectful work and learning environment for students, staff and faculty


Hours of Work: Monday to Friday, for a total of 35 hours per week. The anticipated duration of this temporary contract is September 3, 2019 to September 4, 2020.


Application Deadline: Interested applicants are invited to submit an updated resume, with a cover letter by selecting "Apply Now" below, no later than Friday, August 9, 2019.




As an employer committed to employment equity, we encourage applications from members of equity-seeking communities including women, racialized and Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, and persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities/expressions.


We encourage members of designated equity-seeking groups to self-identify within the voluntary Applicant Questionnaire .


In order to alleviate the under-representation of racialized and Indigenous administrators, priority in hiring will be given to qualified racialized and Indigenous persons who self-identify as such in the application process. This initiative is a special program under the Ontario Human Rights Code.


OCAD University is committed to providing an inclusive and barrier free experience to applicants with accessibility needs. Requests for accommodation can be made at any stage during the recruitment process. Please contact Human Resources for more information or refer to OCAD U’s Policy of Accommodation in Employment for Persons with Disabilities


All qualified persons are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority. While we thank all candidates for their interest, only those short-listed will be contacted.


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