Data Visualization Analyst, Duke University Libraries

Durham, NC
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Created: June 16, 2015


 The Duke University Libraries are seeking a Data Visualization Analyst that supports data visualization across multiple disciplines at Duke University.  The position is responsible for providing instruction and outreach to faculty, students, and interdisciplinary campus groups, supporting both individual and team or lab visualization projects. The Data Visualization Analyst also represents Duke in the data visualization community and assists in developing and evolving visualization services in concert with faculty needs and research computing strategies. The position reports to the Head of Data and Visualization Services within Duke University Libraries and works under the guidance of the Data Visualization Coordinator.

  • Advises, consults and provides technical support and training to students and faculty from all academic disciplines in the visualization of data.
  • Leads workshops and training session on data visualization tools and strategies.
  • Supports researchers in the Data and Visualization Lab with data and data visualization questions.
  • Creates guides, interfaces, and tutorials to enhance data visualization at Duke University.
  • Provides software assessment; recommends packages for site license consideration, and advises IT community on specifications for display and rendering hardware and software.
  • Participates in relevant conferences and meetings.  Takes responsibility for developing a personal development plan in alignment with the ITS strategic plan.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
Supervisory Responsibilities


It is the expectation that all Duke University Libraries staff members will demonstrate exceptional workplace behaviors in the execution of their specific position responsibilities. These behaviors are customer focus, collaboration, creative problem solving, continuous learning and a commitment to diversity.


Required: Master’s degree in a field related to data visualization (e.g., computational social science, information science, data science, data journalism, graphic design) or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Preferred: Second advanced degree in a related field.


  • One to three years’ experience working in the area of information visualization or comparable education and experience;
  • Demonstrated ability to provide consultations and instruction to researchers on information visualization;
  • Demonstrated experience with one or more data visualization tools or libraries (e.g., Tableau, d3.js, ggplot2, 3D modelling software);
  • Broad experience with data cleaning/processing/transformation techniques;
  • An understanding of current best practices in designing visualizations based on research in the field, as demonstrated through sample visualization projects, publications, or training;
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills;
  • Able to work independently and as a member of a team.
  • Previous experience supporting data visualization in a research setting;
  • Experience with data management (e.g., provenance documentation, data verification, archival formats);
  • Extensive experience in one or more of the following subfields of data visualization: information visualization, scientific visualization, geospatial visualization, visualization for humanities projects.
  • Experience with one or more programming/scripting languages (e.g., Python, R, Javascript);
  • Able to construct and automatically extract information from databases;
Working Conditions
  • Must be able to work in an environment in which exposure to materials containing dust and mold is possible
  • Normal office environment
  • Occasional weekend shifts required.
  • Occasional travel required
These statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the employee in this position. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of a person in this position.

Salary and Benefits
Salary dependent on qualifications and experience. Comprehensive benefits package includes 15 days vacation, 13 holidays, 12 days sick leave; health, dental, disability and life insurance and support for professional development and training.

Since its founding in 1924, Duke University has grown into one of the most prestigious private universities in the world and its medical center ranks annually among the top in the nation. The Duke University Libraries are the shared center of the university's intellectual life, connecting people and ideas. The Libraries consist of the William R. Perkins Library and its branches: Rare Book, Manuscript and Special Collections, Biological and Environmental Sciences, Lilly, and Music and the library at the Duke Marine Laboratory in Beaufort.  Duke’s library holdings of 6.1 million volumes are among the largest of private universities in the United States.

Duke's hometown is Durham, North Carolina, a city with vibrant research, medical and arts communities, and numerous shops, restaurants and theaters. Durham is located in the Research Triangle, a growing metropolitan area of more than one million people that provides a wide range of cultural, recreational and educational opportunities. The Triangle is conveniently located just a few hours from the mountains and the coast, offers a moderate climate, and has been ranked among the best places to live and to do business.

Duke offers a comprehensive benefit packages which includes both traditional benefits such as health insurance, leave time and retirement, as well as wide ranging work/life and cultural benefits. Details can be found at:

An electronic resume, cover letter, and list of 3 references should be submitted at - refer to Requisition # 400971616.  Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.                

Applications which are missing any of the components listed above will not be reviewed.

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual’s age, color, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status. The Duke University Libraries have a strong commitment to Affirmative Action and is actively seeking to increase the racial and ethnic diversity of our staff.


Published: Tuesday, June 16, 2015 13:00 UTC

Last updated: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 23:41 UTC