POSTDOCTORAL POSITION IN TRANSPORTATION ENGINEERING @PITTS LAB
PITTS (Pittsburgh Intelligent Transportation Systems) Lab invites applications for a position of Post-Doctoral Research Associate in Transportation Engineering. PITTS Lab is a state-of-the-art transportation laboratory in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering of the University of Pittsburgh. The PITTS Lab seeks a highly qualified and motivated individual with a research background in transportation engineering, specifically in the area of innovative urban mobility, intelligent transportation systems, automated and connected driving, artificial intelligence, and operations research. The candidate should assist PITTS lab with managing existing research projects and preparing research proposals and publications in the research areas listed above. The candidate must have excellent communication skills (oral and written) and excellent analytical capabilities.
The University of Pittsburgh is a state-related research university in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. With around 29,000 of undergraduate and graduate students, the university consists of 17 undergraduate and graduate schools and colleges at its main campus in urban Pittsburgh. The university has an annual operating budget of around $2 billion, which includes around $950 million in research and development expenditures which is a figure that ranks Pitt among the top 20 universities in the nation. Pitt is a member of the Association of American Universities and it is regularly ranked among the top 50 research universities in the United States and among the top 100 globally.
Over the recent years Pittsburgh was transformed from an iconic steel town to an urban innovation hub hosting some of the major Connected-Automated Vehicle companies, such as Uber, Aptiv, Argo AI, Aurora Innovation and others. With its historically important role as a Western Pennsylvania's railway hub, at the confluence of Allegheny and Monongahela rivers, and with its variety of urban transportation modes (the city has a funicular system too!!) Pittsburgh has it all. The city's metro area provides a living lab and diverse environment for researching transportation problems and improving transportation system while preserving city's livability. Socially and culturally, with its rare combination of big city amenities with a small-town feel, Pittsburgh is one of the most livable cities in the US.
RESPONSIBILITIES The Post-Doctoral Research Associate will lead development of research proposals and reports; manage sponsored research projects; supervise graduate research assistants; represent PITTS at major conferences, symposia, and professional meetings through publishable research works and presentations. Selected candidate will have an opportunity to work in a highly research-oriented environment and on cutting-edge research projects (DOE, FHWA, etc.) related to new urban mobility concepts, control optimization, and automated vehicle operations. A successful applicant will have a chance (optional) to test their instructional skills by co-teaching transportation courses. The position is perfect for recently graduated post-doctorate professionals looking to boost their research and teaching records. However, other more-experienced candidates will be given due consideration.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS 1. PhD in civil engineering, computer science, or related field with specialization/interest in transportation.
2. Demonstrated research publication record.
3. Excellent oral and written communication skills.
4. Potential to lead development of research proposals and grants.
5. Demonstrated leadership/managerial skills.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS Research experience in areas of urban transportation operations and management, innovative urban mobility, traffic control/signal systems, cyber-physical systems, artificial intelligence, and connected and automated driving is preferred. The other topics which are of interest for PITTS lab are microsimulation (e.g. HILS & SILS), mobility as a service, urban air mobility, and multimodal transportation systems. Although the candidates are supposed to have verifiable programming skills (e.g. Python, Java, C#, C++) we also welcome knowledge in conventional transportation engineering tools: e.g. microscopic and mesoscopic simulation models, agent-based modelling, control and optimization software, and others.
This is a full-time (40 hours/week) position with a guaranteed contract for 12 months and an opportunity to extend the contract after the first year (depending on the candidate's performance and availability of funding). The salary package is commensurate with post-doc experience and it includes excellent health insurance (but does not include retirement or other benefits). Applicants must be able to legally work in the US. International citizens eligible for Post-Completion Optional Practical Training (OPT), who are already in the US, are welcome to apply. International scholars may be eligible for short-term J1 visa, but the University of Pittsburgh cannot guarantee that such visa will be issued. Visiting scholars of higher ranks at their domicile institutions will also be given due consideration. The position is planned to start in early 2021 but a start in late 2020 may also be possible.
Interested applicants should attach cover letter, curriculum vitae, brief research statement, and contact information for three professional references (no reference letters are needed in the initial stage of the review process). The applicants are encouraged to submit their applications as soon as possible. Short-listed applicants will be invited for an online interview.
Please refer to job description. The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values equality of opportunity, human dignity and diversity. EOE, including disability/vets
Assignment Category: Fulltime-Regular
Required Attachments: Cover Letter, Curriculum Vitae, Other (see posting for additional details)
Internal Number: 20005205
About University of Pittsburgh
Founded in 1787, the same year the U.S. Constitution was signed, the University of Pittsburgh is one of the oldest institutions of higher education in the United States. One of three state-related research universities in Pennsylvania, Pitt is a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), which comprises 62 preeminent doctorate-granting research institutions in North America.Pitt faculty members have expanded knowledge in the humanities and sciences, earning such prestigious honors as the National Medal of Science, the MacArthur Foundation’s “genius” grant, the Lasker-DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award, and election to the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine. Pitt scientists have defeated polio, unlocked the secrets of DNA, lead the world in organ transplantation, and pioneered TV and heavier-than-air flight, among numerous other accomplishments.Pitt students have earned Rhodes, Goldwater, Marshall, and Truman Scholarships, among other highly competitive national and international scholarships.Alumni have pioneered MRI and TV, won Nobel and Pulitzer Prizes, led corporations and universities, served in government and the military, conquered Hollywood and The New York Times bestsellers list, and won Super Bowls and NBA championships.