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
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.
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 (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.
1. PhD in civil engineering, computer science, or related
field with specialization/interest in transportation.
Demonstrated research publication record.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Potential to lead development of research proposals and grants.
Demonstrated leadership/managerial skills.
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.