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Postdoctoral Researcher in Transportation
Utah State University in Logan, Utah
Date Posted 12/08/2021
Postdoctoral-Researcher Other
Employment Type Full-time
Application Deadline Open until filled

Full Job Description


The Civil and Environmental Engineering department at Utah State University invites applications for a Postdoctoral Researcher (Postdoctoral Fellow I) position in the area of Transportation. The researcher will work under the guidance of Dr. Patrick Singleton along with a team of students, researchers, and faculty. The primary purpose of this job is to support, conduct, lead, and develop research tasks. Research project work may include (but is not limited to): analyzing the impacts of wildfire smoke and other area-wide air pollution on multimodal traffic volumes, developing tools to facilitate transportation & health impact modeling and scenario planning, and utilizing traffic signal pedestrian push-button data for transportation planning and safety analysis.

The position is available to start in March 2022 or as negotiated. The position is funded for six months, with possible extension contingent on performance and availability of funding.


  • Conduct research, including but not limited to: collecting data, analyzing data, developing models, running simulations, preparing manuscripts, giving presentations, meeting with clients, and other responsibilities as requested.
  • Guide work of other researchers, including graduate research assistants and undergraduate research assistants. Regularly meet with assistants, discuss tasks and progress, and review work on various research projects.
  • Pursue extramural funding, including searching for grant opportunities, strategizing about research plans, and preparing grant applications for externally-funded research.


Minimum qualifications:
  • Ph.D. in a science or engineering field related to Transportation engineering, planning, modeling, or data analysis.
  • Strong publication record.
  • Demonstrated effective verbal and written communication skills.
  • Proficiency in research computer programming with competence in at least one research software programming language (e.g., R, Python).
Preferred qualifications:
  • Experience collecting, managing, analyzing, and disseminating travel behavior data, including data from travel surveys.
  • Experiencing working on research in the areas of transportation related to health, subjective well-being, air quality, physical activity, and active transportation.

Required Documents:

Along with the online application, please attach:
  • Resume/CV to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Resume/CV”
  • Cover Letter to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the CandidateProfile under “Documents 1-5”
  • Research Statement to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the CandidateProfile under “Documents 1-5”
**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

Advertised Salary: Commensurate based on experience, with excellent benefits ADA:

Employees work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes. The employee is regularly required to sit and often uses repetitive hand motions.

University Highlights:

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is honored to be Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is a Carnegie RU/H (Research University/High Research Activity) institution with approximately 27,700 students (24,660 undergraduates and 3,040 graduate students) on the Logan main campus. Utah State’s statewide system features eight campuses and 23 education centers and serves all counties in the state with Extension programs. USU offers 114 undergraduate majors, 132 graduate programs, and a variety of innovative stackable associate and certificate credentials. Washington Monthly ranked USU 14th in their national university rankings in 2019 and the 5th best public national university in the nation in 2018. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU is proud to provide a high-quality education at an affordable price. Additional information about Utah State University can be found here.
A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.
The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah; a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region.
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