Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Full-Time, 10 months

We're looking for somebody to join us in London to help design and develop visualization software as a key part of our work in VALCRI - an international visual analytics project on Criminal Intelligence Analysis.

Police analysts are identifying structure in large numbers of complex records of crime-related data and building arguments that are informed by this information. We are designing techniques and tools that enable the analysts analysts to make sense of the data and deal with the uncertainties inherent in both the data themselves and the arguments that develop from them.

The position at the giCentre is full-time and for a period of 10 months from September 2017. The successful applicants will need to demonstrate:

  • good JavaScript skills;
  • great data visualization design capability;
  • a thirst for research - there is plenty of scope for impactful applied research as we develop software solutions.

We're a dynamic group based in a recently developed space and centred in an exciting part of London - on the edges of both TechCity in Shoreditch and the Knowledge Quarter around Kings Cross. We're a short ride from major stations and within sprinting distance of excellent coffee.

Please contact Jason Dykes ( to chat about the post, the giCentre and the research environment in general. More details and links instructions for applicants are available through City's recruitment pages.

Research Associate position in Visual Data Science

We are seeking a Research Associate in Visual Data Science to conduct research in developing the foundations of how analysts can use natural language elements within exploratory visual data analysis processes through novel techniques where natural language and visualisation based interactions operate in harmony. We are looking for enthusiastic researchers who are keen to ask fundamental questions on how visual exploratory analysis processes operate.

The post is within the “NlViS: Natural Language Interaction for Visual Data Analysis” project ( funded by The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and led by giCentre at City, together with the technology company Redsift Inc. as an industrial project partner. The post is scheduled to start on September 2017, or as soon as possible thereafter, and is full-time for a period of 12 months. The starting salary is at the L6.34 salary scale -- £36,001 according to the City's current salary tables. Further details about the post are on this link.

The application deadline is 13 July 2017 (subject to final confirmation) with interviews shortly after this date. Feel free to express your interest and contact Cagatay Turkay ( for an informal chat about the post and the research environment in general. Further details of the post are on this page and formal application details and links to the official application system are on this link on City's recruitment pages.

Research Grant Success

Cagatay Turkay has been awarded a prestigious grant by The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) under their First-Grant scheme. The funding is for the project titled “NlViS: Natural Language Interaction for Visual Data Analysis” that will commence September 2017 for a duration of 18 months until February 2019.

The project will investigate ways to advance exploratory data analysis methodologies through novel combinations of interactive visualisations and natural language understanding. The project will be asking fundamental questions on how analysts make inferences from visual representations to develop an in-depth understanding of how exploratory visual data analysis processes are executed. Further details of the project can be found on the project page.