Paid research position at the UCSB MOVE lab

The UCSB Department of Geography seeks a graduate student to design and conduct a cognitive study to evaluate visualization of movement data.

To apply and for more information, please contact Dr. Somayeh Dodge (

The MOVE Laboratory ( at the Geography Department at UC Santa Barbara is seeking a research assistant with a background in Spatial Cognition, Geography, Data Visualization, Psychological and Brain Sciences, Cartography, Computer Science, or Human-Computer Interaction.  The 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 candidate will work with Dr. Somayeh Dodge and her team to evaluate the usability of dynamic and interactive visualizations (using both 2D and 3D displays) for mapping movement patterns and the interaction between moving individuals in space and time.

Applicants must be enrolled in a UCSB Master or PhD program in Geography, Psychological and Brain Sciences, Computer Science, or other related disciplines.

Additional Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of experimental design and familiarity with cognitive psychology research.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Background in visual perception and spatial cognition
  • Previous experience in cartographic mapping and analysis of movement data
  • Familiarity with programming languages (e.g. R, Python, Java, JavaScript, Processing, HTML, etc.)
  • Familiarity with web development

To apply, please send a Cover Letter, your most recent Curriculum Vitae, and the contact information of a reference to Dr. Somayeh Dodge ( Primary consideration will be given to applications received by December 10th, 2021. The position starts in the Winter Quarter 2022.