Open Position: Data Visualization and Web Developer

The MOVE Research Laboratory at UCSB ( at the Geography Department at UC Santa Barbara is hiring an undergraduate or graduate student with experience in web development and visualization background.

Data visualization and web developer

We seek a student with a background in data visualization and web development and proficiency in Java and JavaScript programming. The student will be engaged in an NSF funded project MOVEvis. The project aims to develop and evaluate cartographic theories and tools to understand how human perceives movement patterns using different visualization forms. The student will work with Dr. Somayeh Dodge and her team to implement visualization techniques for cartographic mapping of movement data (e.g. GPS trajectories). The student will develop maps and design visualization tools using web development or standalone programming (Java and Processing).

Required qualifications:

  • STEM or related field major (Computer Science, Media Arts and Technology, Geography)
  • Background in data visualization and/or GIS
  • Proficiency in Java, Processing, JavaScript, HTML, CSS
  • Active standing as a full-time upper-division or graduate student at UCSB

Preferred qualifications:

  • Previous experience in data visualization, cartographic mapping and processing of GPS data
  • Familiarity with one or more of the following programming languages (Java GUI, Python, R, PHP, P5.js, D3.js)
  • Understanding of web and/or software development lifecycle

The MOVE Research Laboratory 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 advances Spatial Data Science methodologies for movement data analytics, knowledge discovery, modeling, agent-based simulation, and visualization. For more information about MOVE please see:

The preferred start date is 14 January 2021 or soon after. The initial contract is for Winter Quarter 2021 (130 hours) and can be renewed, provided the agreement of two parties. To apply, please send a cover letter describing your education background, your research or professional interests, and your qualifications with respect to the advertised position. Make sure to include link to your portfolio. Please send your cover letter together with a copy of your resume as a single PDF to Dr. Somayeh Dodge ( by 21 December 2020. For any questions regarding the position, please feel free to contact Dr. Dodge ( Alternatively you can apply at:

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.