Boise State University – Scientific Visualization Developer


Title: Scientific Visualization Developer

Categories: Administrative and Professional Career Postings

Search #: RA-0002-14

Employee Type: Professional Full-Time

Department: Division of Research & Economic Development

Status: Open

Position Summary: Boise State University, powered by creativity and innovation, stands uniquely positioned in the Northwest as a metropolitan research university of distinction. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply for the position of Scientific Visualization Developer. This position will support the development of research capacity in visualization and transdisciplinary computational science and engineering. The primary responsibility of the Scientific Visualization Developer is to support researchers (faculty, post-docs, staff, students) in developing novel visualizations of research and outreach outputs of human/environmental science interactions for the recently funded 5-year NSF Managing Idaho’s Landscapes for Ecosystem Services (MILES) project. At the end of the grant period, this position will more broadly serve the research community across the Boise State campus in visualization and computations science and engineering.

You will have the opportunity to: 

  • Create novel visualization solutions for multi-scale socio-biophysical data
  • Develop visualizations to engage project stakeholders 
  • Develop open-source software solutions for mobile, web, desktop, and supercomputing platforms 
  • Deploy visualization solutions used by a range of skill levels to improve understanding of the human/environmental science interface
  • Create new Big Data analyses for social and biophysical networks
  • Work with researchers on best practices for communicating science with visualization, in collaboration with Boise State’s Office of Information Technology and Idaho’s Cyberinfrastructure Advisory Council for higher education 
  • Collaborate in preparation and writing of grant proposals to further enhance visualization capacity and advance visualization research.

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • M.S. in Computer Science, Engineering, or Physical Sciences.
  • 3 years of experience including:
    • Outstanding C++ and/or Python skills, or other appropriate scientific computing language, and a passion for programming and data analysis problems.
    • Demonstrated visualization experience.
    • Data integration and data management experience.
    • Strong quantitative skills.
    • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills and a desire to work with a large interdisciplinary team of researchers.

A plus if you have:

  • Ph.D. in Computer Science, Engineering, or Physical Sciences
  • Familiarity with open-source visualization or computational geometry libraries and software, such as OpenCL, CUDA, VTK, OpenGL, Gephi, CGAL, VisIt, GDAL, etc.
  • Demonstrated modeling skills, grant writing and peer-reviewed publications are desired.

If This Sounds Like the Job for You: Please send CV, cover letter (not exceeding 2 pages), copies of two authored published papers or manuscripts most closely aligned with position expectations, and names and email addresses for three references, to Kay Trotter at

Close Date: Applications received by February 21, 2014, will receive full consideration, but applications will be considered until the position is filled.

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