Post-Doctoral Research Engineer

Job description

Position Title:

Post-Doctoral Research Engineer

Vacancy ID:



Highway Safety Research - 633600

Position Type:

Postdoctoral Scholar

Salary Range:

Dependent on Qualifications


Full Time



Estimated Duration of Appointment:

12 Months

Posting Open Date:


Open Until Filled:


Work Location:

Chapel Hill, NC

Position Summary:

The Highway Safety Research Center (HSRC) is a research unit within the University of North Carolina system and is located in Chapel Hill, NC. HSRC operates largely on funding for grant and contract work obtained through peer-reviewed applications and competitive bids. A broad range of research on transportation safety issues is conducted, dealing with all modes of road users, vehicles, and roadway issues. More information on HSRC can be found on our Website at

This Post-Doctoral Research Engineer position will require involvement in all aspects of transportation safety research related projects with activities ranging from study design and statistical analysis to preparation of final reports. The candidate should expect to work on more than one project at any given time under different project or program directors. The nature of the work at HSRC changes rapidly; therefore, the person must adapt to the changing environment and be able to transfer skills among projects. Specific principal functions include:

•Design and execute research studies including formulation of concepts, project planning, study design, data collection and management, data analysis, and interpretation of results.
•Prepare proposals to secure funds for highway safety research.
•Communicate research results through technical reports, journal articles, and public meetings.

Educational Requirements:

A doctorate in civil engineering with a concentration in transportation engineering is required.

Qualifications and Experience:

Priority will be given to individuals with experience in transportation safety research activities including evaluation of traffic control devices, roadway design parameters, and safety aspects of pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure. Specific skills being sought include 1) data management and analysis including knowledge of databases and statistical programs such as SAS and R, 2) experience in the application of state of the art statistical methods in highway safety, and skills in artificial intelligence, machine learning, and data mining, 3) experience in spatial data management and analysis. A track record in contract research, publication in scholarly journals, and strong speaking and technical writing skills are also highly desirable.

Equal Opportunity Employer:

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, race, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

Special Instructions:

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Job No:
Posted: 12/27/2019
Application Due: 6/23/2021
Work Type: Full Time