MOVE is hiring an undergraduate research assistant

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

Funded Undergraduate Research Opportunity: Data Visualization and Web Developer

We seek an undergraduate student with a background in data visualization and web development. The student 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 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.

Required qualifications:

  • STEM or related field major
  • Background in data visualization and/or GIS
  • Proficiency in JavaScript, HTML, CSS
  • Active standing as a full-time upper-division student at UCSB

Preferred qualifications:

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

MOVE@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, modeling, agent-based simulation, and visualization. For more information about MOVE@UCSB please see

The preferred start date is 13 January 2020 or soon after. The initial contract is for Winter Quarter 2020 (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 a 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 23 December 2019. Alternatively, you may apply through UCSB Handshake. For any questions regarding the position, 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.