Data Visualization Consultant/Instructor

Website Duke University Libraries

Data Visualization Analyst

Duke University Libraries
Center for Data and Visualization Sciences

Position Summary

The Data Visualization Analyst is responsible for providing consultation, instruction and project support to faculty, students, and campus groups across Duke University supporting individual, class, and team visualization projects. The Data Visualization Analyst participates in the data science community at Duke and assists in developing and refining visualization services in concert with researcher needs.


  • Consults and provides training to students and faculty from all academic disciplines in the visualization of data and the effective presentation of research results
  • Leads workshops and training sessions on data visualization tools and strategies that meet the needs of the Duke community
  • Engages in ongoing outreach activities to inform and cultivate a visualization community at Duke
  • Creates guides, software, and tutorials to improve data visualization literacy at Duke University
  • Participates in relevant conferences and meetings on data visualization and related areas with the goal of developing visualization services and the analyst’s role in furthering these services
  • Seeks opportunities to maintain and develop new expertise in relevant tools and techniques, include attending training sessions and engaging in project work
  • Other duties as assigned

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • May supervise student assistants


It is the expectation that all Duke University Libraries staff members will demonstrate exceptional workplace behaviors in the execution of their specific position responsibilities. These behaviors are customer focus, collaboration, creative problem solving, continuous learning, and a commitment to creating a culture of inclusion that values and respects diversity of perspective, background, and experience.


Required: Master’s degree or equivalent educational/professional experience

Preferred: Higher education degree that demonstrates facility with data visualization concepts



  • Demonstrated ability to generate narratives from data and communicate them to a diverse set of stakeholders
  • A portfolio of previous data visualization work
  • Demonstrated experience using data visualization tools, specifically Excel, Tableau and / or Microsoft Power BI, and other similar tools such as ggplot, python-based tools (such as Altair, Seaborn, or matplotlib), Gephi, etc.
  • An understanding of current best practices in designing visualizations based on research in the field, as demonstrated through sample visualization projects, publications, or training
  • Experience with one or more programming languages used to create data visualizations (e.g., Python, R, Javascript)
  • Able to work independently and as a member of a team
  • Demonstrated ability to explain visualization methods and concepts through consulting, teaching and/or mentorship


  • One to three years’ experience working in information visualization or comparable education and experience
  • Demonstrated ability to provide consultations and instruction to researchers on data visualization
  • Demonstrated teaching experience either as an instructor, graduate student, or faculty member.
  • Demonstrated experience with workflows for managing, cleaning, and analyzing large collections of data.
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills
  • Experience implementing and communicating best practices in graphic design
  • Able to construct and automatically extract information from databases
  • Extensive experience in one or more of the following subfields of data visualization: information visualization, scientific visualization, geospatial visualization, visualization for humanities projects
  • Experience with web-based data visualization tools
  • Experience with tools that allow visualization of machine learning models.

Salary and Benefits

Salary and rank dependent on qualifications and experience; the anticipated range is $75,000-$95,000. Comprehensive benefits package includes 20 days vacation, 14 holidays, 12 days sick leave; health, dental, disability and life insurance and support for professional development and training.


Since its founding in 1924, Duke University has grown into one of the most prestigious private universities in the world and its medical center ranks annually among the top in the nation. The Duke University Libraries are the shared center of the university’s intellectual life, connecting people and ideas. The Libraries consist of the Perkins Library, Bostock Library, Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Lilly Library, and Music Library, and the library at the Duke Marine Laboratory in Beaufort. Duke’s library holdings of 6.2 million volumes are among the largest of private universities in the United States.

Duke is a diverse community committed to the principles of excellence, fairness, and respect for all people. We recognize that the workplace only truly flourishes with an active presence of different backgrounds and unique abilities. We value the unseen perspective, the unheard voice, and the unnoticed ideas. We hope to give a platform of growth and connection, where employees can be free to produce new ways of thinking to promote inclusion and respect for all. Duke University Libraries encourages an environment where shared goals are reached by exceptional individuals.

Duke’s hometown is Durham, North Carolina, a city with vibrant research, medical and arts communities, and numerous shops, restaurants and theaters. Durham is located in the Research Triangle, a growing metropolitan area of more than one million people that provides a wide range of cultural, recreational and educational opportunities. The Triangle is conveniently located just a few hours from the mountains and the coast, offers a moderate climate, and has been ranked among the best places to live and to do business.

Duke offers a comprehensive benefit package which includes both traditional benefits such as health insurance, leave time and retirement, as well as wide ranging work/life and cultural benefits. Details can be found at:


Cover letter, detailed resume and the names, addresses (mailing and e-mail), and telephone numbers of three references should be submitted to Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Applications which are missing any of the components listed above will not be reviewed.

Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas-an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual’s age, color, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status. The Duke University Libraries have a strong commitment to Affirmative Action and is actively seeking to increase the racial and ethnic diversity of our staff.