Research Opportunities / Hiring

We have a growing focus on data visualization at Northeastern. The Khoury College of Computer Sciences has several professors focused on visualization research They also support two new degree programs in Data Science. The college includes a strong team of 62 tenured and tenure-track faculty and another 55 teaching faculty, and the College plans to continue hiring. Northeastern is also now top ranked among top computer science schools in terms of publications at selective venues.

Beyond Khoury College, visualization work is being conducted across campus by faculty in Art and Design, Journalism, Politics, Engineering, and the Library. The interdisciplinary NUVis Visualization Consortium ties these researchers together, and helps foster cross-cutting studies. We have a rich tradition of working on meaningful problems in collaboration with civic, business, and global partners.

Our warm supportive community of researchers eagerly seeks women and minority students, postdocs, and faculty to promote diversity.


We are searching for a Director of Data Visualization Research at the Roux Institute of Northeastern University in Portland, ME. See the full job announcement and application instructions.

Student Research

PhD Research

At Northeastern, students interested in graduate studies on visualization have several degree programs to choose from, listed elsewhere on this page. We will help guide incoming students in applying to the appropriate degree program for their interests.

Prof. Michelle Borkin and Prof. Cody Dunne currently have three open and funded PhD position, possibly focused on graph/network visualization, cybersecurity and defense geospatial network visualization, SQL Query Visualization, temporal event sequence visualization esp. for healthcare, multidimensional data visualization, visualization pedagogy, visualization perception and cognition, and immersive analytics / virtual reality.

PhD students in these programs who are making acceptable progress are guaranteed at least five years of full funding. Spring PhD admission is available for exceptional students.

Undergraduate & Master’s Research

We are also looking for exceptional undergraduate and master’s students to work as part of dynamic teams with our graduate students and faculty. Research with us can be paid or unpaid for research experience. We hire students hourly or for co-ops.

How to Apply

We are particularly interested in candidates with strong programming proficiency, such as full stack web development experience, JavaScript, D3, WebGL, Python, and Java. Candidates should also have strong English speaking and writing skills

If you are interested in applying to work with us, please email both Profs. Dunne and Borkin at including:

  • A statement of your research interests, which of us you want to work with, and what work of ours is interesting to you;
  • Your CV;
  • Academic transcripts (can be unofficial);
  • Test scores for students: GRE for graduate students, SAT for undergraduate, and TOEFL/IELTS if foreign; and
  • Any additional materials that would help us evaluate your skills, such as your homepage, design portfolio, online demos or videos, GitHub profile.

If we think you would be suitable research partners, we will schedule an interview with you.

The official PhD program application form is available here.

Career Counselors and Faculty

Please print and post our student recruiting flier.

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