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Post Doc Research Fellow - Sustainable Infrastructure Research Initiative

University of North Dakota
Grand Forks, ND

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Position Information: DescriptionThe Department of Civil Engineering within the College of Engineering and Mines at the is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate/Scholar with strong background in multi-disciplinary research. The position is funded through Sustainable Infrastructure Research Initiative (SIRI) directed by Dr. Sattar Dorafshan. SIRI aims develop solutions through basic and applied research in artificial intelligence, remote sensing, robotics, and other emerging areas for sustainability of infrastructure. The position involves working with several faculty members, research associates, and graduate students in a supportive, highly collaborative, and energetic environment in one or more of these research cores.

    Autonomous Systems in Infrastructure design, inspection, maintenance and managementSustainable Infrastructure Material and ConstructionEnvironmental Monitoring, Economics and Societal Impacts of Infrastructure
Duties & Responsibilities
    Collaborate on forming research need synthesis in the related areas to SIRI’s coreCollaborate on proposal development to secure funding from Federal agenciesGuide research projects through experiments and analysis of dataGathering and analyzing data, including periodical/literature search and utilizing specialized skills in related field to analyze the collected dataMaintain close communications with the Director regarding progressParticipating/assisting in manuscript writing for publication in scientific journals and/or presentations
Required Competencies
    Strong analytical, problem solving and reasoning skills Superior oral and written communication skills in English, including public speaking.
Minimum Requirements
    Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Material Science, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science, or closely related areas. Experience in interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary research Successful completion of criminal history records check.


In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identify and eligibility to work in the US and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.

Preferred Qualifications
    Proficient in programmingExperience in developing new grant proposalsBroad contextual knowledge of the U.S. infrastructure and their deficiencies (Refer to ASCE Infrastructure Report Card)
Minimum Hiring Salary

The initial appointment is for one year, renewable for a second year (pending annual review of performance and continued availability of funding). Salary is highly competitive and commensurate with experience. The position is eligible for full-benefit package at UND.

Work Schedule/Start Date

Typical work schedule is 8 AM-5 PM Monday through Friday. Expected start date is December 2021

To ApplyFor full consideration, applications must be received by September 15th, 2021 and include the following materials:

    1-page cover letter1-page research statement CVContact information for 3 references
Position is open until filled.

Additional Information

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All information listed in this position announcement will be used by Human Resources, the Hiring Department, and EO/Title IX for screening, interviewing and selection purposes.

Confidentiality of Application Materials

Pursuant to NDCC 44-04-18.27, applications and any records related to the applications that identify an applicant are confidential, except records related to the finalists of the position, which are open to the public after the search committee has identified the top three finalists who will be invited to campus.

EEO Statement

The University of North Dakota is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or other protected characteristic. Women, minorities, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants are invited to provide information regarding their gender, race and/or ethnicity, veteran’s status and disability status as part of the application process. This information will remain confidential and separate from your application.

Veteran’s Preference

Veterans claiming preference must submit all proof of eligibility by the closing date. Proof of eligibility includes a DD-214 or NGB 22 and if claiming disabled status, a current letter of disability from the VA dated within the last 12 months.

Clery Statement

In compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the University of North Dakota publishes an Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. The report includes the university’s policies, procedures, and programs concerning safety and security, as well as three years’ of crime statistics for our campus. As a prospective employee, you are entitled to a copy of this report. The report and statistical data can be found online at You may also request a paper copy of the report from the UND Police Department located at 3851 Campus Road, Grand Forks, ND, 58202.

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