Postdoctoral Research Associate in Pavement Engineering

Michigan State University College of Engineering

Research Associate-Fixed Term

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Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Engineering
Department: Civil And Environmental Engineering 10016148
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Engineers/Architects, Research/Scientific, Fixed Term Academic Staff, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union, Remote-Friendly

Position Summary

A full-time postdoctoral Research Associate position in Pavement Engineering is available in Dr. Kutay’s group in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Michigan State University. The successful candidate will be responsible for developing algorithms to estimate the investment that would be required to achieve certain highway system performance levels or to estimate the highway system performance that would result given various investment levels. The project that the candidate will be working on is funded by the U.S. DOT Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). The objective of the project is to develop a tool for FHWA internal use to compute the benefits resulting from potential highway improvements, quantifying three types of benefits to highway users (travel time, operating costs, and safety), benefits to highway agencies (reduced maintenance costs), two external dis-benefits (damage caused by vehicle emissions and damage due to carbon dioxide emissions) and remaining service life of improvements at the end of the analysis period.

Dr. Kutay’s team will work closely with the successful candidate to meet the project goals and help the trainee achieve their career goals. The appointment will be initially for one year with the possibility of an additional year based on satisfactory performance and continuation of funding.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree

Doctorate -Civil and Environmental Engineering

Minimum Requirements

  • Applicant must have a Ph.D. degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering or a closely related field.
  • Applicant must have strong programming skills in Python and experience in Fortran.
  • Applicant must have strong oral and written communication skills. 
  • Applicant is expected to work well in a team setting and be highly self-motivated.

Desired Qualifications

  • Research expertise in pavement analysis and design, pavement management and traffic engineering.

Required Application Materials

Applicants are required to submit:

  • a research statement
  • a CV
  • three references with contact information

Together-we-will Statement

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Special Instructions

For full consideration, applications should be received before June 10, 2022. Applications will be reviewed on a continuing basis thereafter until position is filled.

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Department Statement

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Advertised: May 25, 2022 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: May 25, 2024 Eastern Daylight Time

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