Research Assistant Professor (2 Positions)

Position Information

Position Information

Working TitleResearch Assistant Professor (2 Positions)DepartmentCivil Engineering-1059Requisition NumberF_190146Posting Open Date09/09/2019Application Review Date: (To ensure consideration, please submit all application materials before review date)10/15/2019Posting Close DateOpen Until FilledYesDescription of Work

The Department of Civil Engineering seeks to hire two research assistant professors who will be closely affiliated with Midwest Roadside Safety Facility (MwRSF), a College of Engineering research entity. Successful applicants will have requisite experience in MwRSF’s core research areas to handle future proposals and projects from the U.S. DOT (FHWA), U.S. DOD (Air Force, Army Corps of Engineers, UARC/NSRI/USTRATCOMM, etc.), State Departments of Transportation, private industry, etc.

MwRSF has spent over 32 years developing its internationally-recognized, roadside safety research program. During the last 21 years, MwRSF has developed significant expertise and garnered remarkable international recognition in the area of motorsports safety. Now, MwRSF is exploring and/or expanding into other related areas, such as: vehicle behavior, handling, and occupant safety; physical protection, security, and threat mitigation; accident reconstruction; rail crashworthiness and safety; crash data analysis, vehicle-to-infrastructure systems, and connected vehicle safety technologies.

These positions will manage, conduct, and participate in various research studies within fields of roadside safety, motorsports safety, physical protection and security, threat mitigation, accident analysis, and other areas to be determined. Serve as Principal Investigator (PI) or Co-Principal Investigator (Co-PI) on research studies. Perform non-linear, dynamic, finite element analysis (FEA) and design for various research studies involving low- to high-energy impact events using LS-DYNA and other applicable numerical analysis methods/computer simulation codes. Prepare and submit proposals/budgets to acquire new funding. Meet with prospective clients to develop research partnerships and funded projects. Prepare, write, review, and edit research reports, refereed journal articles, conference papers, research summaries, and status/progress reports. Prepare and provide technical presentations for research sponsors. Prepare, conduct, and manage structural analysis and material characterization studies.

Minimum Required Qualifications

Applicants are required to have a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering or closely related field plus a minimum of 1.5 years of research experience in the areas of roadside safety, impact engineering, and crash mitigation. Candidates must have experience with non-linear, dynamic, finite element analysis (FEA) and design for use in research studies involving low- to high-energy impact events using LS-DYNA and other applicable numerical analysis methods/computer simulation codes. Some experience with material characterization studies is required, such as those involving either large soil deformations or steel fracture under dynamic loading scenarios.

Preferred Qualifications

Preferred candidates should have working knowledge and/or research experience in two of more of the following areas: (1) computer simulation with vehicle dynamics codes, such as CARSIM, ADAMS, etc.; (2) accident reconstruction of vehicle crashes into roadside safety hardware and geometric features; (3) physical protection, security, and threat mitigation strategies; (4) product development and innovation; and (5) run-off-road crash analysis.

Preferred candidates should have experience preparing and submitting proposals/budgets for new funding, presenting technical information for research sponsors and have experience leading technical discussions and meetings with a variety of audiences.

Successful candidates should have professional registration/licensure within field of engineering expertise. Successful candidates without professional licensure will be expected to obtain licensure within two years of hire. 

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