Postdoc Research Associate- Unmanned Aircraft Systems/Drones in Transportation Infrastructure System
Summary of Duties and Responsibilities:
Under the direction of Principal Investigators/Director of the PROSPER program at InTrans, the duties and responsibilities of the successful candidate will be:Â â¢ Conduct research (field, laboratory, and analytical work) and coordinate project tasks related to the small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS)-technology (i.e., platforms and mounted sensors) for transportation infrastructure system applications.Â â¢ Conduct research on sUAS platforms and sUAS-mounted sensor technologies for airport pavement inspection and management in a university and industry setting within the project budget.Â â¢ Conduct research on the use of sUAS for real-time foreign object damage (FOD) detection and identification on airport surfaces in a university and industry setting within the project budget.Â â¢ Conduct research on smart and sustainable airport/highway pavement systems and unpaved roads. Â Â â¢ Conduct data collection, cleaning, quality assurance, analysis, and model validation activities. â¢ Manage multiple priorities and tasks in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment.Â â¢ Write and participate in the preparation of peer-reviewed journal papers and research funding proposals. â¢ Participate in reporting to funders and present results to key stakeholders.Â â¢ Work collaboratively with industry and academic partners involved in projects. â¢ Proactively engage in discussions with other research groups to gather data and insights necessary to complete interdisciplinary research. â¢ Communicate effectively (frequently and concisely) with the project and PROSPER team, supervisors, and sponsoring agencies.Â â¢ Lead and assist/supervise undergraduate and graduate students on multiple research projects.Â â¢ Keep and maintain accurate and detailed records of all research performed with excellent interpersonal skills and a strong work ethic. â¢ Be able to work on an unconventional schedule and travel on short notice (typically day trips or 8-10 overnight stay) to respond to sponsoring agenciesâ requests.Â â¢ Must adhere to all campus and EH&S safety policies.
This position is funded through competitive research grants and industry. The successful candidate will be offered a one-year contract with the possibility of renewal for additional years. No renewal is guaranteed and will be dependent on further grant support.
Required Minimum Qualifications:
Ph.D. in Engineering, Sciences, or Design with an emphasis on the application of sUAS platforms and sUAS-mounted sensor technology(s) in transportation infrastructure systems and/or pavement engineering field; Strong knowledge and experience in various sUAS-mounted sensors (including optical, thermal, Light-Detecting and Ranging (LiDAR), radar, multi/hyperspectral sensors, and so on), and various post-processed data analysis (including orthomosaics, 3D point clouds contours, Digital Terrain Models (DTMs), radar scans, hyperspectral data cubes, spectral profiling, 3D models, and so on); Demonstrated knowledge and experience in artificial intelligence, machine learning, image and signal processing, statistical programming, and other sensing data processing and analysis tools for transportation infrastructure engineering applications; Demonstrated programming skills (or ability to learn new programming languages quickly, e.g., Python or Java) to develop codes for research projects and tasks; Excellent technical writing skills proven by peer-reviewed journal publications and research reports are a must as the successful candidate is expected to make significant contributions to proposals and publications; Experience managing multiple tasks/projects. Four years of relevant research experience (including graduate research studies), as demonstrated by peer-reviewed publications.
Proposed Start Date:
October 1, 2020
Proposed End Date or Length of Term:
September 9, 2021
Number of Months Employed Per Year:
12 Month Work Period
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Original Posting Date:
September 11, 2020
Posting Close Time:
This posting will close at 12:00 AM CST on the date listed below. The posting will no longer be available to apply to after 11:59 PM CST the day prior.
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