Career Opportunities
Research Information Scientist

The effective use of data has become essential for city management and policy development, for citizen engagement, and for academic research. Yet the sheer volume of urban data is overwhelming—ranging from administrative records in city agencies, to financial records in businesses and again to real‐time data on citizen calls to 311, energy use, and particulate pollution. Data collection is outpacing the capacity of the urban policy and research community to make use of the data.

The CUSP NYU data facility has been established to support the empirical study of cities in conjunction with New York based researchers, agencies, and citizens.  It uses modern approaches to reduce the multiple technical, legal, bureaucratic, capacity, and cost barriers to access so that the full research and policy benefits can be realized.  The facility has two goals: (i) ensure that new and existing urban data are made available to and used by current and future members of the research community in a state of the art facility, and (ii) staff in government agencies and local citizens are engaged by the ability to use the facility to addressing important urban problems.

The data facility is being built out in close collaboration with the NYU Division of Libraries. More information about the vision and services currently provided can be found at


The Research Information Scientist at CUSP

CUSP datasets include administrative data from city agencies, researcher analytical datasets, population datasets from the US Census Bureau, and large, streaming sensor, image, and other spatiotemporal datasets.  Data management at this scope and scale is an exciting yet challenging area of research.  CUSP seeks a research information scientist who has a strong background in the information sciences with sufficient technical expertise to harness new advances in the research field.  A successful candidate will be capable of learning new skills and methods to readily adapt to changes in the way that research data centers manage large and complex datasets.

This is a full time, yearly renewable position.  The research information scientist will be embedded at the CUSP data facility and report to both the Associate Director of Data Resources and Data Strategy at CUSP and the NYU Division of Libraries.



The research information scientist will be responsible for collecting, developing, collating, archiving and communicating information about research datasets in the CUSP data facility. The research information scientist will serve as an information specialist, programmer, and ETL engineer, in order to support the full CUSP data life cycle, including data curation, data ingestion, data discovery, and researcher access. This person will lead CUSP’s metadata knowledge management system as well as the communication to Data Facility users about available data assets.  S/he will communicate on behalf of the Data Facility with domain and research experts on NYC government agency data, urban policy research data, and physical measurement data, in order to develop a deep understanding of the Data Facility’s data holdings.  This includes managing the entire data ingestion workflow, from communication with data providers through to archiving of newly curated datasets. S/he will oversee metadata management software and design/implement new features or services as needed, which requires programming and database skills. This includes managing a metadata database to facilitate data discovery through in-house discovery and visualization tools that move the field beyond the standard laundry list approach.  The research information scientist may provide basic programming support to software engineers, in order to update and maintain these in-house data profiling and data discovery software. A successful research information scientist candidate will also be able to develop basic ETL scripts for data ingest and researcher database development.

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Interested applicants should email a cover letter, curriculum vitae and names and contact information for at least three references to listing the job title in the subject line.

EEO/AA Policy
The Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, committed to building a culturally diverse educational environment. In keeping with this commitment, CUSP strongly encourages applications from women, people with disabilities and members of minority groups. Individuals with disabilities seeking accommodations in the application process should contact the Office of Equal Opportunity, at