CityScope User Experience Researcher

Massachusetts, United States
14 Sep 2018
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14 Nov 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Working at MIT offers opportunities, an environment, a culture – and benefits – that just aren’t found together anywhere else. If you’re curious, motivated, want to be part of a unique community, and help shape the future – then take a look at this opportunity.

CITYSCOPE USER EXPERIENCE RESEARCHER, Media Laboratory-Changing Places Group, to focus on the user-interface, user-experience, and computer graphics aspects of the CityScope platform. Will also help coordinate the community engagement process for international deployments. Responsibilities will include developing interactive tools for CityScope users, with an emphasis on making complex and sophisticated simulation tools accessible to non-experts; exploring virtual environments, new human interface devices, and other software/hardware combinations that allow for communication in a collaborative setting; developing the group’s online user-experience; enabling interaction between the team of developers via the collaborative tools; and developing and fostering a crowd-sourced community forum which gathers information about various Changing Places projects deployed and currently developing around the world.

CityScope is a next generation, tangible, augmented reality platform with three primary objectives: 1) to visualize and understand the meaning of complex urban data and inter-relationships; 2) simulate the impact of multiple urban interventions; and 3) support decision making in a dynamic, iterative, evidence-based process. CityScope platforms are currently being deployed in Shanghai, Beijing, Helsinki, Hamburg, Cambridge, and Andorra.

Job Requirements
bachelor’s degree in architecture, urban planning or other design discipline; at least three years’ experience in related design fields; ability to work in a dynamic, multicultural environment; excellent design and computer graphic skills; experience with Unity3D + Adobe CS; software development skills (object oriented programming such as Java, C++, JavaScript, or equivalent); experience with 3D modeling, GIS, and other map-making tools; excellent teamwork and interpersonal skills; and ability to make independent judgments and strategic decisions. Master’s degree in a design discipline preferred, as is experience with CAD and CAM and rendering software (Rhino, Grasshopper, 3d Max).

This is a one year appointment with the possibility of extension based upon funding availability and the initiative’s priorities.