Postdoctoral Research Fellow Position in Spatial Cognition and Geographic Visualization at the University of California Santa Barbara

The MOVE Laboratory ( at the Geography Department at UC Santa Barbara is hiring a postdoctoral research fellow with a background in Spatial Cognition, Data Visualization, Cartography, or Human-Computer Interaction.  The successful candidate will be engaged in an NSF funded project entitled:  “Visualizing Motion: A Framework for the Cartography of Movement”. The project aims to develop and evaluate cartographic theories and tools to understand how humans perceive movement patterns using different visualization forms.  The postdoctoral fellow will work with Dr. Somayeh Dodge and her team to develop visualization methods and evaluate the usability of cartographic techniques for mapping movement patterns and the interaction between individuals in space and time.

Required qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in Geography, Geographic Information Science, Computer Science, Cartography, Psychology, Human-Computer Interaction, or other related disciplines.
  • Background in Cartography or Data Visualization

Preferred qualifications:

  • Knowledge of experimental design for applied spatial cognition research
  • Knowledge of theories in visual perception and spatial cognition
  • Previous experience in the design and conduct of eye-tracking experiments
  • Previous experience in cartographic mapping and analysis of movement data
  • Proficiency in two or more of the following programming languages (Java, JavaScript, Processing, HTML, Python, R, etc.)
  • Familiarity with web and/or software development

The MOVE Lab at UCSB engages in conducting cutting-edge basic and applied research to study movement and spatiotemporal processes such as human mobility, animal movement, migration, disease diffusion, natural hazards (e.g. wildfires, hurricanes). Using large arrays of geo-enriched tracking data sets, our research advances methodologies for movement data analytics, knowledge discovery, modeling, agent-based simulation, and visualization. For more information about the MOVE Lab at UCSB please see

The duration for this position is one year with a flexible start date in late January 2020 or soon after. To apply, please send a cover letter describing your education background, your research interests, and your qualifications with respect to the position. In your cover letter please make sure to specify how your background fits the scope of the project. Please send your cover letter together with a copy of your curriculum vitae including contact information of three references, as a single PDF to Dr. Somayeh Dodge ( Review of applications will begin on 6 January 2020 and continue until the positions are filled. For any questions regarding these positions, please feel free to contact Dr. Dodge (

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Somayeh Dodge
Assistant Professor
Department of Geography