Research Associates Full Time : Civic Data Design Lab 

There are currently two Research Associate positions open two work on various projects. 

Job Description:

MIT’s Civic Data Design Lab (CDDL) is seeking a research associate to join their team whose work with data through data visualization and mapping techniques aims to examine, expose, and communicate urban patterns and policy issues for the public good. This position will manage multiple projects intersecting data, design, and the city. Please see the types of projects here : https://civicdatadesignlab.mit.edu/ .

They will work in close collaboration with the Director of CDDL, and will provide regular updates on research progress. In addition to undertaking research and design work, they will be responsible for overseeing and providing guidance to RAs, and students working on projects assigned to them. Other responsibilities may include coordinating and preparing grant proposals, maintaining the CDDL Amazon servers and GitHub site, and contributing to communication materials. The research associate will be expected to build a publication record through both traditional and non-traditional outlets.

We have four exciting projects currently underway that the research associate will get involved in 1) Release #2 of the mapping site that evaluates Spatial Equity in New York Cit.y 2) Bench Mark - an experimental project that uses street furniture to measure the dynamics of public space. 3) A project mapping the current migration crisis in the US. 4) A project examining the intersection of the Large Language Models, Cities, and Climate Change. The lab has many long-standing projects in Nairobi, Kenya and Mexico City that a Research Associate might get involved in as well. 


A Master’s degree or terminal degree in architecture, urban design, urban planning, or geography or a related field of study, and 2 or more years of direct experience are required. Skills in web development involving programming skills such as javascript, responsive design, D3.js, web mapping, and web frameworks. Familiarity with data analysis (i.e. python, R, stats), GIS.

Please Contact Sarah Williams (sew@mit.edu) with a Cover Letter and CV/Resume to apply.

Part Time UI Developer : Civic Data Design Lab

MIT’s Civic Data Design Lab is seeking a part-time UI developer interested in creating data-driven applications that feature dynamic graphics, interactive charts, maps, diagrams, animations, etc.

The developer will be working with data researchers and designers and will have access to data sets that needs to be visualized. An extensive description of the functionality of the visualizations and the visual aesthetics will be provided. Together with your application, we’d highly appreciate a link to your portfolio, or any sample code you’ve written for interactive visualizations before.

This position will be for 20 hours a week. We may consider two 10 hour a week positions if we have strong candidates, but would prefer 20 hours a week. It is easier for coordination. 


  • At least 2 years experience developing interactive user interfaces and/or computer graphics
  • Extensive experience working with HTML+CSS, SVG and/or Canvas
  • Solid understanding of JavaScript

Proven experience with these:

  • d3.js
  • JQuery
  • Node.js


  • Basic design skills
  • Databases experience (SQL and/or noSQL)
  • Experience with GIS and mapping APIs

Please Contact Sarah Williams (sew@mit.edu) with a Cover Letter and CV/Resume to apply.