Postdoctoral Scholar in Geographic Visualization and Spatial Cognition

The UCSB Department of Geography seeks a PostDoctoral Scholar in Geographic Visualization and Spatial Cognition.

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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.

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

Additional Qualifications:

  • PhD awarded by the time of appointment.

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.

The Department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, and service as appropriate to the position. We strongly encourage applicants to submit an optional Statement of Contributions to Diversity. These statements, if submitted, will be reviewed for evidence of teaching, research, professional and/or public service contributions that promote diversity and equal opportunity, such as effective strategies used for the educational advancement of students in various under-represented groups; demonstrated contributions to the advancement of equitable access and diversity in education; and contributions furthering diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through participation in such activities as recruitment, retention, and mentoring of scholars and students.

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Please be prepared to include a Cover Letter, your most recent Curriculum Vitae and three references. Primary consideration given to applications received by January 15th, 2020.

Earliest start date of February 3rd but no later than April 6th, 2020.

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

Document requirements

  • Curriculum Vitae – Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter
  • Statement of Research (Optional)
  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity – Statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service.
  • Misc / Additional (Optional)
Reference requirements
  • 3-5 letters of reference required