Postdoctoral Fellow

Updated: 8 months ago
Location: Austin, TEXAS
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: The position may have been removed or expired!

Job Posting Title:

Postdoctoral Fellow


Hiring Department:

Center for Transportation Research


Position Open To:

All Applicants


Weekly Scheduled Hours:



FLSA Status:



Earliest Start Date:



Position Duration:

Expected to Continue Until Dec 31, 2020





Job Description:

To conduct transportation-related research within the Center for Transportation Research for projects sponsored by agencies such as local and regional Texas transportation agencies, the Texas Department of Transportation, and the U.S. Department of Transportation. The postdoctoral fellow may also have the opportunity to collaborate with graduate students, faculty, and researchers at other research institutions.


Job Details:

  • Handles applied research projects involving advanced transportation modeling and analysis tools and transportation data analytics
  • Emphasizes modeling tasks to include research and project management to ensure timely delivery of high-quality results to project sponsors
  • Contributes to the preparation of reports summarizing project results, and disseminating findings through conferences and journal publications when appropriate
  • Identifies potential research needs and desirable model extensions and improvements, and identifies potential uses of data for model improvement
  • Performs other related functions as assigned, e.g. attending meetings at and making visits to Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and other sponsor locations to assist in understanding and applying modeling and analysis tools, collaborating with faculty, and supervising the work of graduate/undergraduate students

Required Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Civil Engineering (Transportation) received within the last three years
  • Experience using transportation data, such as data from ITS sensors and probe vehicles
  • Demonstrated research record in the area of transportation network modeling, including travel demand and traffic assignment
  • Demonstrated experience conducting independent work for deliverables-based projects, including presenting results through reports, journal articles, and presentations
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

Relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in the development of web applications using R and its Shiny package, including applications that connect to live data streams
  • Experience in the use of relational databases and SQL
  • Experience writing research proposals for funding
  • Working experience in the use of simulation-based dynamic traffic assignment (DTA) tools
  • Familiarity with Linux and command-line environments
  • Familiarity with programming in Python

Salary Range

$60,0000 + depending on qualifications

Working Conditions

  • May work around standard office conditions

  • Repetitive use of a keyboard at a workstation
  • Use of manual dexterity
  • Climbing of stairs
  • Lifting and moving

Required Materials

  • Resume/CV

  • 3 work references with their contact information; at least one reference should be from a supervisor
  • Letter of interest

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Employment Eligibility:

Please make sure you meet all the required qualifications and you can perform all of the essential functions with or without a reasonable accommodation.


Retirement Plan Eligibility:

This position is not eligible for a retirement plan.


Background Checks:

A criminal history background check will be required for finalist(s) under consideration for this position.


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