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 two main projects would be; 1) Atlas of Lighting is a joint project between Philips, MIT Center for Advanced Urbanism and MIT Civic Data Design Lab that responds to the need for an integrated and scientific understanding of the dynamics of metropolitan areas around the world. 2) Data Visualization performed in collaboration with the Gehl Institute which incorporates sensor data collected from urban furniture.

Both projects will incorporate an interactive mapping tool in which the user can combine, isolate or cross-reference both quantitative and qualitative datasets to get a clear view of how cities operate.

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. Email Sarah Williams (sew@mit.edu) with your resume and work samples.


  • 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