Postdoctoral Scholar in Geographic Visualization and Spatial Cognition

Applications are still accepted for a postdoctoral scholar position in Geographic Visualization and Spatial Cognition at the UCSB Department of Geography.
The postdoc 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 scholar 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. 
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, MOVE@UCSB advances Spatial Data Science methodologies for movement data analytics, knowledge discovery, deep learning, modeling, agent-based simulation, and visualization. For more information about MOVE@UCSB please see

Qualifications: Applicants must have completed all requirements for a Ph.D. in Geography, GIScience, Computer Science, Cartography, Psychology or other related disciplines, except the dissertation at the time of application. Applicants should have a background in cartography or data visualization.
Preferred Qualifications:

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

To apply, please visit
Please be prepared to include a Cover Letter, your most recent Curriculum Vitae and three references. 

Somayeh Dodge
Assistant Professor
Department of Geography