Job Listings and Openings

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Graphic Designer – Mapping and Visualization


The Beirut Urban Lab is looking to hire a full-time graphic designer to work on the Lab’s communication/design needs and be part of the visualization unit which produces maps, infographics and other data visualizations accompanying research efforts carried out by the Lab. 

The designer’s tasks will be to conceptualize, design and produce maps and other infographics, supporting research efforts around urban issues such as building developments in Beirut, housing and financialization, heritage, recovery, urban governance, and public spaces, among others. The designer will also be responsible for preparing reports and presentations for print and/or digital publishing, and produce announcements, posts, web-entries, and other forms of graphic communication for the Lab. 

As junior designer, this person will report to the Visualization Research Coordinator and 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 
• Refine, edit and finalize maps based on decisions taken by the team,  
• Prepare final artwork of maps aimed for either publishing in print or web (newspaper article, book, exhibition, website, etc) 
• Prepare final visual material such as posters, event invitations, PowerPoint presentations, etc., supporting the team in presenting and publicizing the Lab’s work,  
• Occasionally assisting in the logistics for organizing events around data visualization and mapping 
Candidates should have an undergraduate degree in Graphic design or the equivalent experience. Candidates with degrees from a related design discipline (Communication Design, Urban design, Architecture, etc) are welcome to apply.  
Knowledge of desktop publishing software (Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign…) is required. Knowledge of web publishing software as well as digital mapping platforms and GIS is a huge plus. Candidates need to be able to work in English and in Arabic.  
Salary is commensurate with experience.

Please send your CV and portfolio with a cover letter stating your interest in the position to Ms. Antonia Maria Bahna ([email protected]) with the subject “Urban Lab Graphic Designer”. Applications will be reviewed as of August 1st, 2022 and evaluation will be conducted on a rolling basis until position is filled.  

The Beirut Urban Lab, in line with the American University of Beirut, is an Affirmative Action Equal Opportunity Employer.

Project Coordinator - Observatory of the Recovery


The Beirut Urban Lab is looking to hire a project coordinator to lead the ongoing efforts of the Beirut Observatory of the Recovery. For the past two years, the Observatory has sought to monitor actors and activities surrounding the post-blast recovery efforts in Beirut. Moving forward, the Observatory will seek to link recovery to ongoing urban trends in the city. The coordinator is expected to help conceptualize the transition towards a Beirut City Observatory, and to manage and help with data gathering, data analysis, data visualizing, and communication. 

The candidate needs to hold at least an MA degree, have at least five years of work experience, and speak and write fluently English and Arabic. We are looking for someone passionate about studying urban trends, and interested in project management and coordination aspects. Familiarity with GIS is a plus. Remuneration will depend on the candidate’s qualifications and years of experience. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

About the Observatory
The specific tasks of the Observatory are to:
• Operate as a shared information platform that provides rigorous data which enables evidence-based urban policy recommendations to actors involved in recovery, focusing on the four sectors of shelter, public space, waste management, and infrastructure.
• Facilitate coordination among stakeholders, through the sharing of the data, and through the organization of meetings, workshops, and webinars, amongst other modalities of engagement.
• Support the regular production of data and findings through maps, infographics, visualizations, and narratives that advance an inclusive, just, and environmentally sensitive framework of urban recovery.
The current Observatory of the Recovery includes three main elements: 
(i) A data repository: the Observatory records and makes available existing datasets including damage and need assessments conducted prior to the blast;
(ii) An ongoing mapping of recovery efforts, within a wider understanding of urban transformations- that includes mapping of NGO activities, business operations, residential building occupation, state of repair, public space interventions, etc. 
(iii) Collaborative platforms that help coordinate and organize interventions on urban public spaces, particularly initiatives in Karantina and along Mar Mikhael/Hikmeh areas. 
The ultimate goals of the Observatory are three-fold: (i) Align the values and goals of reconstruction efforts on a people-centered, inclusive, and environmentally-sensitive recovery approach; (ii) Serve as the basis for advocacy and information base targeting residents in the severely affected neighborhoods; (iii) Empower residents to take control of the rebuilding of their neighborhoods and get engaged in the larger city's recovery. 

Interested applicants can send a short (1-page) letter of intent and CVs to Ms. Antonia Maria Bahna ([email protected]) with the subject “Project Coordinator - Observatory of the Recovery" by August 10th, 2022. Contract period is one year, starting September 1st, 2022.

The Beirut Urban Lab, in line with the American University of Beirut, is an Affirmative Action Equal Opportunity Employer.
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Lead Research Coordinator

The Beirut Urban Lab is looking to hire a lead research coordinator on a full-time basis starting September 15th, 2022. The lead research coordinator will be mainly responsible for leading the writing of grant proposals and reports, conceiving, and supporting the organization of regular events for the Lab (conferences, seminars, and workshops), supporting writing projects of the Lab’s co-PIs, and mentoring the research team in academic writing.    

• Ph.D. in planning, social sciences, urban studies, or related fields
• Publication record in refereed journals and/or recognized scholarly venues
• Experience in grant writing
• Experience in technical report writing
• Fluent in English (French and Arabic are a plus)

The lead research coordinator will be responsible for the following main tasks:
• Contribute to the identification of external funding sources, and lead in the writing of grant proposals
• Provide intellectual and logistical support for ongoing research projects and publications
• Develop and write concept notes for conferences and research projects
• Research, write and prepare endowment proposals
• Provide day-to-day advice, support, mentoring, and assistance to the research team


Salary is commensurate with experience.

Proposals will be reviewed on a rolling basis, starting from July 15th, 2022. Candidates are required to send a letter of intent, CV, and a writing sample via email to Ms. Antonia Maria Bahna ([email protected]).

The Beirut Urban Lab, in line with the American University of Beirut, is an Affirmative Action Equal Opportunity Employer.

Internship Program

The internship program at BUL engages undergraduate/graduate students with ongoing projects and provides them with a focused and challenging research experience related to urbanization and current urban transformation processes in Lebanon.

Deadline for internship applications

• Summer Session (June - August): May 1st
• Fall Session (September - December): August 1st
• Spring Session (February - May): December 1st


If you would like to be part of our team, submit your application to [email protected] 

Affiliates Program

The affiliates program strengthens collaborations between professionals, experts, academics, Ph.D. candidates and BUL researchers and facilitates for their contribution to ongoing research projects.

Affiliation applications are accepted for consideration all year long for scholars who are doing research related to one of the BUL’s research program areas:

• Social Value of Land
• Urban Recovery
• Critical Mapping 
• Planning Actors and Scales
• Spatial Practices
• Urban Informality

If you would like to be part of our team and our developing projects, submit your application to [email protected]