Job Listings and Openings
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The Beirut Urban Lab is looking to hire a full-time Lab Manager to support the operations of the Lab. The candidate will be responsible for all administrative and financial tasks of the Lab. S/he will be reporting to the four Lab co-leaders and working closely with a team of 20 researchers with interdisciplinary skills.
Detailed Tasks of the Lab Manager
- Calls for regular meetings of directors/teams
- Takes minutes of meetings
- Follows up on institutionalization matters (e.g. retreats, supports the consultant working on endowment, etc.)
- Human resources management: Recruitment, processing and renewal of all contracts. Management of holidays/vacations schedule.
- Space management: Makes sure the Lab space remains clean and ordered, functional, and reports/follows on all repairs. Addresses challenges in spatial allocation for staff
- Equipment management
- Placing orders: equipment (small/large), catering, etc.
- Data filing: organization and management of Lab files and digital resources (e.g., minutes, reports, images, presentations)
- Communication: Follows-up on BUL email account, channels and follows-up on requests
- Organization of Lab events (with coordinators)
- Financial management of all grants: keeps track of all spending and keeps PIs updated
- Filing reimbursements, payment vouchers and processing other financial requests
- Follows up with AUB units on various administrative and financial matters
Grant management and reporting:
- Drafts grant reports with PIs and coordinators.
- Follows-up with OGC and Comptroller’s on grant amendments and other items.
- Organizes regular meetings, gatherings, etc.
- Contributes to creating a pleasant and smooth working environment at the Lab.
A bachelor university degree is required, a master is preferred, with a minimum of 2 years of experience. Good oral and written communication skills in English and Arabic are required, in addition to solid organizational skills, team building skills and basic accounting skills (good knowledge of Excel is expected).
The contract is for one year, including a three-month trial. Salary is commensurate with qualifications.
Interested applicants can send their CVs with a five-line description of their interest to Zeina El-Hoss [email protected] no later than November 15th, 2021. Starting date is January 3rd, 2022.
Fieldwork Research Assistant
The Beirut Urban Lab is looking to hire a full-time field researcher over four months to support an ongoing mapping initiative of residential tenancy conditions in Beirut, Lebanon. The fieldworker's main tasks will be to collect field information within the administrative limits of Beirut about rental arrangements and conditions that will contribute to the ongoing development of the “City of Tenants" platform.
The project is a “by tenants for tenants" initiative that seeks to improve visibility of rental market trends and conditions by making rental data publicly available for city-dwellers and researchers looking to understand the conditions of shelter acquisition.
- Gather data through fieldwork and household surveys;
- Coordinate with research coordinator on work plans and conditions
- Attend team meetings and discussions
Candidates should have experience in fieldwork data collection for research, and be proficient in both Arabic and English (written and spoken). A degree in journalism, urban studies, sociology, anthropology, environmental sciences and similar fields is a plus.
Interested applicants can send their CVs with a short cover letter to Ms. Abir Zaatari [email protected] by November 12th, 2021. Applications will be reviewed as of November 15th. Work is expected to start on December 1st, 2021.
Senior Graphic Designer - Mapping and Visualization
The Beirut Urban Lab is looking to hire a full-time senior mapping and data visualization designer to work at the Urban lab's visualization unit which produces maps, infographics and other data visualizations accompanying research efforts carried out by the Lab.
The designer's main task will be to conceptualize, design and produce maps and other infographics, supporting research efforts around urban issues such as building developments in Beirut, protection of the seafront, urban recovery, urban governance, public spaces, and others. The Lab is currently building an online urban observatory with multiple geo-referenced outputs about recovery in post-blast Beirut, which is the primary project the designer will be working on.
This person will work with and report to the Critical Mapping Research Lead.
- Engage in discussion sessions with research teams to better understand research results and/or directions
- Work within a small design team to propose visualization directions for a particular dataset or project
- Coordinate regularly with data/GIS and field research teams in the lab
- Refine, edit and finalize maps and data visualizations based on decisions taken by the team
- Prepare final artwork of maps aimed for either publishing in print or web (geo-portal, newspaper article, book, exhibition, website, etc.)
- Occasionally assist in the logistics for organizing events around data visualization and mapping
- Candidates should have a Master's degree in Graphic design, Communication Design, Urban design, Architecture, or a related design discipline. Undergraduate degrees with equivalent experience could be considered.
- Knowledge of desktop publishing software (Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign…) is required, knowledge of web publishing software is a plus.
- Knowledge of digital mapping platforms and GIS is also required, at least at an introductory level to facilitate initial training in the Lab’s licensed mapping tools (ESRI ArcGIS products).
- Candidates need to be able to work in English, Arabic is a plus.
The contract is for one year, renewable. Compensation is commensurate with education and relevant experience.
Please send your CV and portfolio with a cover letter stating your interest in the job to [email protected], using the line “Urban Lab Design Position" in the email title. Applications will be reviewed regularly and evaluation will be conducted on rolling basis, until position is filled.
Graduate Research Assistant
Position is open for
Students currently enrolled in the Master's program in Urban Planning and Policy or Urban Design, on a full time basis; or students newly admitted to the program.
If you currently are a Master's student at the MUPP\MUD program, we might have GRA opportunities for you!
You will have to work on one of the Lab's current research projects for your thesis in either Urban Planning or Urban Design. Please contact one of the professors listed below to inquire about opportunities and state your subjects of interest. You'll then have a conversation about possible topics for your thesis, as well as funding possibilities.
Part of your tuition will be covered, and you will receive a semester-based stipend.