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Lace Padilla

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  • Information Visualization Theory and Application (Fall 23)
  • Global Good Studio: Data Visualization (SP 20, Fall 21-22)
  • Judgement and Decision Making (SP 20, SP 21, Fall 21-22)

Open Positions

We currently have open positions for Ph.D. applicants and Postdoctoral researchers. Please refer to the research page for examples of projects Dr. Padilla is interested in advancing.

Open Ph.D. Position in Data Visualization

Northeastern University’s Visualization Group is thrilled to announce multiple open Ph.D. positions under the esteemed guidance of Dr. Lace Padilla. We are seeking motivated and enthusiastic candidates with a strong passion for exploring the intricacies of data visualization, and its profound impact on communication, decision-making, cognition, and perception.

Position Overview:

As a Ph.D. student in our dynamic research lab, you will be deeply immersed in innovative projects, striving to unravel the complexities of how visual representations influence human understanding and behavior. You will work closely with Dr. Lace Padilla and other prominent members of the Visualization Group, contributing to groundbreaking research that spans a variety of topics related to data visualization.

Key Responsibilities:

  1. Conduct high-quality research under the mentorship of Dr. Lace Padilla, with a focus on data visualization and its implications for communication, decision-making, cognition, and perception.
  2. Collaborate with a multidisciplinary team of researchers, designers, and experts within the Visualization Group.
  3. Participate in the development, execution, and analysis of experimental studies.
  4. Present research findings at national and international conferences.
  5. Contribute to the writing and publication of research papers in reputed journals.


  1. A Master’s degree in Computer Science, Psychology, Cognitive Science, Design, or Undergraduate Degree in a related field.
  2. A strong foundation in research methodologies, statistics, and data analysis.
  3. Proficiency in programming languages such as Python, R, JavaScript, D3.js, or Vega-Lite is highly desirable.
  4. A keen interest in data visualization, human perception, and cognition.
  5. Excellent communication and collaborative skills.
  6. A proactive and self-motivated approach to research.


  1. Access to state-of-the-art facilities and resources at Khoury College at Northeastern University.
  2. A vibrant and supportive research environment within the Visualization Group.
  3. Opportunities for professional development through workshops, seminars, and conferences.
  4. A comprehensive mentoring program to guide you through your Ph.D. journey.

Application Process:

Interested candidates are encouraged to email Dr. Padilla dirrectly (l.padilla[at], including a CV. Please highlight your previous research experience, particularly any related to data visualization, and describe how your skills and interests align with the goals of the Visualization Group.

Postdoctoral Research Associate- Khoury College of Computer Sciences

We are excited to offer a post-doctoral position in information visualization and uncertainty communication under the guidance of Professor Lace Padilla. This unique opportunity invites motivated and skilled researchers to delve deep into the intricate mechanisms behind how individuals cognitively process visualizations with uncertainty.


This position will focus on developing visualizations with uncertainty, conducting empirical evaluations of the visualizations, statistical analysis of the research findings, and publishing scholarly research.

This position offers candidates a unique blend of computational and cognitive science training from the Khoury VIS lab, which is the fastest-growing visualization group including: professors Lace Padilla, Enrico Bertini, Michelle Borkin, Cody Dunne, Melanie Tory, and Michael Correll.


  1. Ph.D. or equivalent in Information Visualization, Graph Drawing, Human-Computer Interaction, Interaction Design, Computer Science, Psychology, Cognitive Science or other field directly related to visualization and decision-making.
  2. Strong publication history within the academic community related to visualization.
  3. Programming and data analysis proficiency, ideally including R/D3/JS/HTML/CSS and Python/Jupyter Lab.
  4. Excellent communication skills for conveying technical material in both written and spoken English.

About Khoury College:

Khoury College is committed to building a diverse and inclusive community among students, faculty and staff. We strongly encourage applicants from underrepresented groups, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and those with diverse experiences and backgrounds. We invite you to join a fast-moving, ambitious college with an underlying mission that is driven by our motto of “CS for Everyone.”

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