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CEE Transportation Post-doc

Postdoctoral Position in Transportation Engineering @ Pitts Lab

Department: Civil & Environmental

The Pittsburgh Intelligent TransporTation Systems (PITTS) Lab invites applications for a 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, multimodal urban traffic operations, intelligent transportation systems, traffic signal systems, traffic flow theory, 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.

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. A successful applicant will also have a chance to acquire/improve his/her instructional skills by co-teaching transportation courses. The position is perfect for a recently graduated post-doctorate looking to boost research and teaching records.
1. PhD in civil engineering or related field with specialization 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. 

Research experience in areas of urban transportation operations and management, innovative urban mobility, traffic signal systems, traffic controller operations and their connection with microsimulation (e.g. HILS & SILS), public transportation systems, traffic flow theory, mobility as a service, operations research, air transportation, and statistical applications is preferred. Following skills are a plus: VISSIM and VISUM (or relevant substitutes in micro and macro transportation modelling), NetLogo (or similar agent-based modelling platforms), signal optimization software (Vistro, Synchro, Transyt-7F, HCS, etc.), basic programming (Python, Java, C++, Matlab, R, Excel VBA, etc.), and OR software platforms. 

This is a full-time (40 hours/week) position with a guaranteed contract for 12 months and secured funding for 2 years (the contract can be renewed after the first year). An opportunity to extend the position to multiple years exists but will depend on 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 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. 

Interested applicants should apply at https://www.join.pitt.edu and send cover letter, curriculum vitae, brief research statement, and contact information for three professional references in a single PDF file to stevanovic@pitt.edu.  The applicants are encouraged to submit their applications as soon as possible. Short-listed applicants will be invited for a Skype interview. The University of Pittsburgh is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, colour, disability, gender, gender identity, marital status, national or ethnic origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values equality of opportunity, human dignity and diversity. EEO/AA/M/F/Vets/Disabled.

Contact Name: Aleksandar Stevanovic
Contact Email: stevanovic@pitt.edu