Postdoctoral Research Associate

Updated: 4 months ago
Location: Bryan, TEXAS
Job Type: FullTime

Job Title

Postdoctoral Research Associate


Texas A&M Transportation Institute


Pavement Materials Chemistry

Proposed Minimum Salary


Job Location

Bryan, Texas

Job Type


Job Description

Who are we?

The Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) is an agency of the State of Texas and member of The Texas A&M University System. For 70 years, TTI has addressed complex transportation challenges and opportunities with innovation, objectivity, and unmatched technical expertise. Our staff delivers excellence, value and thought leadership to ensure our research sponsors achieve their goals.

Our Mission and Vision

Our Vision - TTI leads in the creation of knowledge that transforms transportation for the benefit of society.

Our Mission - TTI delivers practical, innovative and sustainable solutions to improve the movement of people, data and goods through research, education and technology transfer.

Our Work Environment

Entrepreneurial culture

Affiliation with Texas A&M University students and faculty

Ability to work with nationally recognized experts

Ability to help train the next generation of transportation professionals

Premier office and research facilities and equipment

Accredited laboratories and safety proving ground

Outstanding research support services

Hybrid work environment/telecommuting

Flexible work hours

Family friendly

High staff retention rates

Leadership development and wellness programs

Data allowance and home office equipment reimbursements

Relocation assistance (if eligible)

Ph.D. reimbursement program (if eligible)

Our Employee Benefits

TTI employees can choose from several health coverage options offered by The Texas A&M University System for themselves and their families, as well as numerous other benefit programs.

Job Summary:

This is the entry level of professional work in an engineering or scientific discipline. Incumbents perform routine scientific or engineering work, evaluating, selecting and applying standardized scientific or engineering procedures and techniques to assignments with clear, specific objectives. Assignments require investigation of a limited number of variables and few complex features. This position requires extensive laboratory binder and mixture testing, data analysis, report writing, and field traveling around Texas. Continuation in this position is contingent upon availability of funding derived from research program or specific projects.

Essential Duties:

  • Perform regular and advanced laboratory binder rheological and chemical tests and asphalt mix performance tests.

  • Conduct data analysis.

  • Write and prepare reports.

  • Pavement conditioning and performance surveys.

  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Education & Experience:

  • PhD in Civil Engineering.

  • No prior experience required

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with DSR, BBR, RTFO, PAV, and viscosity

  • Experience with XRF, GPC, DSC, and FTIR testing

  • Experience with asphalt mixture cracking, rutting, moisture damage, and raveling tests

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of Asphalt Binder Rheology/Chemistry and Superpave Mixture Design.

  • Experience in computational mechanics (finite element, boundary element, discrete element) and applied mathematics required

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to lift very heavy materials.

  • Ability to perform common office functions.

  • Ability to frequently communicate with other individuals within the workplace.

  • Ability to constantly operate a computer and other office productivity machinery.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

All positions are security-sensitive. Applicants are subject to a criminal history investigation, and employment is contingent upon the institution’s verification of credentials and/or other information required by the institution’s procedures, including the completion of the criminal history check.

Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer committed to diversity.

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