Postdoctoral Scholar in Data Science and Movement Data Analytics

The UCSB Department of Geography seeks a Postdoctoral Scholar in Data Science and Movement Data Analytics.

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The postdoc will be engaged in multiple projects on analysis, modeling, and simulation of movement. The aim is to develop data science approaches to study movement in different contexts including human mobility, migration, health geography, and movement ecology. The postdoctoral scholar will work with Dr. Somayeh Dodge and her team to incorporate latest machine learning methods and simulation techniques into data fusion, analysis, and modeling of movement using geo-enriched trajectory data sets obtained from GPS or other location aware sensors.

Applicants must have completed all requirements for a PhD in Geography, GIScience, Computer Science, Data Science, or other related
disciplines except the dissertation at the time of application, with a background in developing quantitative methods, data analytics,
geocomputation, or geosimulation tools and knowledge of programming (Python, R, or Java).

Additional Qualifications:

  • PhD awarded by the time of appointment.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Previous experience in developing quantitative methods , data analytics, geocomputation or geosimulation tools
  • Advanced knowledge of programming (Python, R or Java)
  • Previous experience in movement data analytics or big data analytics
  • Background in computational research and familiarity with algorithmic optimization

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 20th, 2020.

Earliest start date of March 2nd but no later than June 27th, 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