CityScope User Experience Researcher, City Science

by Kelley Shepard

June 19, 2017


Job Description

The City Science group at the MIT Media Lab seeks a researcher to focus on the user-interface, user-experience, and computer graphics aspects of the CityScope platform. The researcher will also help coordinate the community engagement process for international deployments. CityScope is a next generation, tangible, augmented reality platform with three primary objectives:

●Visualize and understand the meaning of complex urban data and inter-relationships

●Simulate the impact of multiple urban interventions

●Support decision making in a dynamic, iterative, evidence-based process

CityScope platforms are currently being deployed in Shanghai, Beijing, Helsinki, Hamburg, Cambridge, and Andorra. See:

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


●Develop interactive tools for CityScope users, with an emphasis on making complex and sophisticated simulation tools accessible to non-experts

●Explore virtual environments, new human interface devices, and other software/hardware combinations that allow for communication in a collaborative setting

●Develop the group’s online user-experience

●Enable interaction between the team of developers via the collaborative tools

●Develop and foster a crowd-sourced community forum which gathers information about various Changing Places projects deployed and currently developing around the world



●Bachelor’s degree in architecture, urban planning or other design discipline

●At least 3 years of experience in related design fields

●Capable of working in a dynamic, multicultural environment

●Excellent teamwork and social skills.

●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

●Ability to make independent judgments and strategic decisions


●MA degree in design discipline

●CAD and CAM

●Rendering software (Rhino, Grasshopper, 3d Max)

Those who are interested should submit a resume and cover letter referencing job no. 14872 at; keyword is "Media Lab".

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