As part of Lancaster University’s 50th Anniversary Lectureships Scheme to appointment of 50 early career academics we are seeking candidates for a new lectureship in Data Prototyping and Visualisation.
The scheme is designed to identify academic leaders of the future and will operate for five years and at the end of the scheme, subject to satisfactory performance, you will be assimilated on to the appropriate academic contract. The expectation of the scheme is that it will attract the highest calibre of applicants who will fulfil their potential to become Readers or Chairs within 5 years.
This new lectureship in data prototyping extends the field of data visualisation and aims to make tangible and understandable the increasingly complex data that we create, capture and visualise. This appointment therefore provides a critical connection between various disciplines, including but not limited to design, computing, engineering and the social sciences, through the application of designerly approaches to visualise, prototype and make tangible data to drive innovation.
The key aim of data prototyping is to harness a wide variety of data sets, be they derived from digital or physical settings (or increasingly a combination of both), and manifest them in a way in which they are coherent, understandable and can be interacted with. In doing so data prototyping unlocks the untapped potential of data visualisation as a driver for innovation. It is anticipated that the successful candidate will also act as a catalyst for innovative knowledge exchange activities by forming an important interface between stakeholders, decision makers and the academy.
This appointment will underpin our commitment to cross disciplinary research and contribute to the understanding of the relationships between people, products and places through specialism and expertise in digital and physical prototyping and design interventions.
21st of January 2015