Postdoctoral Fellow, Computer Science

27 Jul 2022
End of advertisement period
26 Aug 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Job Description

Yale-NUS College is a highly selective liberal arts and science college in Singapore. Co-founded by Yale University and the National University of Singapore, the College is committed to excellence in research and teaching in a full residential programme that integrates living and learning. Its curriculum educates students in Asian and Western intellectual traditions as well as current scientific thought.

Yale-NUS College is seeking to hire a Postdoctoral Fellow in Computer Science. We are looking for a talented and ambitious investigator to join the research group of Asst. Prof. Michael T. Gastner to work on an exciting project funded by the Singapore Ministry of Education titled “Designing mobile-friendly cartograms for visualising geospatial data”. This project is co-led by Assoc. Prof. Chen-Chieh Feng (NUS) and Asst. Prof. Simon Perrault (SUTD). The appointed Postdoctoral Fellow will develop new cartogram software that is suitable for interactive use on mobile devices. The objectives are (1) human-subject experiments that test how cartograms are used on electronic devices and (2) improved cartographic algorithms and thematic map designs. We envision that the newly developed software will be used by educators and national statistics agencies to communicate geospatial data with intuitive and engaging visualizations.

The successful candidate is expected to begin duties on 1 August 2022 (or as soon as possible thereafter) and will be offered a contract for up to 3 years. This is a full-time position. The College offers competitive salaries that are commensurate with qualifications and experience.


The prospective candidate should have the following:

  • PhD in computer science, statistics, geography, or a closely related field from a regionally or internationally accredited institution (essential). Preferred fields of specialization are human-computer interaction, data visualization, and cartography. 
  • Experience of working in a research environment (essential).
  • Programming skills in Python and JavaScript (essential). Knowledge of C++ and R is desirable.
  • Knowledge of experimental design and computational geometry (desirable).

Covid-19 Message

At NUS, the health and safety of our staff and students are one of our utmost priorities, and COVID-vaccination supports our commitment to ensure the safety of our community and to make NUS as safe and welcoming as possible. Many of our roles require a significant amount of physical interactions with students/staff/public members. Even for job roles that may be performed remotely, there will be instances where on-campus presences are required.

In accordance with Singapore's legal requirements, unvaccinated workers will not be able to work on the NUS premises with effect from 15 January 2022. As such, job applicants will need to be fully COVID-19 vaccinated to secure successful employment with NUS.

More Information

For full consideration, please submit the following materials to Assistant Professor Michael Gastner via email at

  • Cover Letter explaining why the position at Yale-NUS is of interest
  • CV with complete list of publications
  • Statement on research interests
  • Names and contact information of 3 references

I understand that by sharing my personal data with Yale-NUS College, I authorise its use for the purposes of this application.

Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

Location: Kent Ridge Campus
Organization: Division of Science

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