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Director of the InfoGraphics Lab

Link to Full Job Announcement with Application Instructions

Job no: 529056
Work type: Faculty – Career
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Information Technology, Geography

Department: CAS Geography
Rank: Research Associate
Annual Basis: 12 Month
Salary: $90,000-$120,000 per year

Review of Applications Begins

March 28, 2022; position open until filled

Position Summary

The University of Oregon College of Arts and Sciences is searching for a new InfoGraphics Lab director to lead one of the top university cartography labs in the country. The successful candidate will be responsible for the vision, direction, administration, and growth of the InfoGraphics Lab, housed in the Department of Geography. The new director is charged with sustaining the Lab’s position as a national leader in the implementation of innovative cartographic design, methods, and products. The successful candidate will seek out and develop projects and relationships within the university, the state of Oregon, and beyond that contribute intellectually and financially to the Lab’s direction and growth. The successful candidate will be responsible for administrative management of multiple projects; writing grant proposals as a Principal Investigator (PI) or co-PI; and will manage 8-10 employees that include staff and students. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to teach one course per year. This position reports to the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Department Summary

The InfoGraphics Lab is a mapping and geospatial technology facility housed in the Department of Geography. The Lab is renowned for its award-winning work in cartographic production and design and has long been a leader in atlas production and web mapping. Projects include collaborations with partners throughout the state of Oregon and beyond on projects using innovative geospatial technologies, cartographic design, and Geographic Information Science.

The Lab serves the Department and the University community of faculty, staff, and students through research support, instruction, and service. Currently, the staff consists of 8-10 employees including faculty, undergraduate, and graduate students. The Lab prides itself on providing experiential learning opportunities to students who contribute to real-world cartographic projects.

The Geography Department is an instructional department within the College of Arts and Sciences that supports significant research activities in various types of geographic study. The Department of Geography has 24 Faculty, 125+ undergraduate majors, and 35+ graduate students. Research and graduate education in the Department of Geography focuses on the following subfields: (a) Geographic information science: cartography, GIS, data analysis and visualization, spatial analysis, and modeling; (b) Human geography: political-ethnic, cultural, human-environment relations, and behavioral geography; (c) Physical geography: Quaternary studies, biogeography, climatology and climate change, hydrology, and geomorphology; and (d) Environmental studies: forest and ecosystem issues, river and watershed issues, biodiversity and global environmental change, policy and law, cryosphere studies, and environmental applications of GIS.

Minimum Requirements

• Master’s degree or higher in Geography, Cartography, or related field.
• Two years of experience in the administration of a Cartographic and GIS research program or cartographic production organization.
• Experience supervising personnel and budgeting.

Professional Competencies

• Ability to coordinate and manage multiple projects.
• Extensive knowledge of print and web mapping concepts.

Preferred Qualifications

• Demonstrated experience serving as a PI or lead on GIS- or cartographic-related projects.
• Publication record or portfolio (professional and/or academic) in GIS or cartographic design.
• Demonstrated experience and entrepreneurial spirit working with a variety of project partners, researchers, and clients such as university departments, government agencies, NGOs, nonprofits, or the private sector.
• Knowledge of current and trending cartographic techniques, such as demonstrated experience with ESRI ArcGIS and Adobe Creative Suite.
• Demonstrated record of identifying and developing funded cartographic projects.
• Experience working with development officers or potential donors.
• Experience teaching GIS/cartography.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Applicants should include:
1. A cover letter no longer than four pages that addresses abilities and experiences in relation to the position description
2. A curriculum vitae
3. A creative design portfolio that also includes a brief discussion of their roles in the cartographic projects contained within the portfolio
4. A statement of diversity, equity, and inclusion (maximum: two pages) that includes their past present, and future contributions to promoting equity, inclusion, and diversity in their professional careers
5. The names and contact information for three professional references.

InfoGraphics Lab GE

The InfoGraphics Lab in the Department of Geography is seeking applications for a Graduate Employee (GE) at 0.49 FTE for Summer term 2022 and academic year 2022-23.

This GE position supports the development of the web-based Pacific Northwest Atlas of Essential Work, which showcases stories about minority populations who sustain our regional economy through topics such as agricultural labor, home care work, and carceral labor. This work is in partnership with The Pacific Northwest Just Futures Institute for Racial and Climate Justice. See: The PNW Atlas of Essential Work aims to communicate research from a wide variety of experts and efforts and to make this knowledge accessible to a broad audience.

The GE will assist with data exploration, web map and data visualization, and front-end web development. The GE will be exposed to current mapping techniques and design methodologies and may assist with managing undergraduate employees on project tasks.

To view more details about the position, please review the position announcement on the UO Graduate Studies website.

To express interest in this position and to be considered, submit a single PDF file containing the following to Alethea Steingisser, by Friday, May 20th, 2022.

  • Cover letter describing your relevant experience and scholarly interests
  • Curriculum Vitae

For questions please contact Alethea Steingisser <> or Joanna Merson <>.