Director, Nebraska Transportation Center & Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

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Director, Nebraska Transportation Center & Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering


Civil & Environmental Engr-Lincoln-1059

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The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln invites applications for the Director of the Nebraska Transportation Center (NTC). Established in 2006, NTC is the umbrella organization for transportation and infrastructure research at the University of Nebraska and represents a unique partnership between university researchers, industry leaders, and government entities. NTC integrates transportation research, education, and technology transfer programs across the four NU campuses, making it one of the largest university transportation centers in the region.

The Nebraska Transportation CenterSince its inception, NTC’s research portfolio consists of over $95 million from over 380 projects. Active research is approximately $26 million from 40 projects. More than 65 faculty researchers representing over a dozen disciplines across the NU system are affiliated with NTC. NTC has provided funding for over 250 graduate student research assistants and almost 180 undergraduate students and interns to date. The NTC umbrella includes the Mid-America Transportation Center (MATC, the USDOT Region 7 UTC), UNL’s Midwest Roadside Safety Facility (MwRSF), and technology transfer programs. Other NTC partners include the University of Nebraska Kearney’s Nebraska Safety Center and the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s high-fidelity driving simulators and naturalistic driving tools.

NTC continues to lead and expand the Midwest Roadside Safety Pooled Fund Program, the longest running transportation pooled fund, that currently includes 21 sponsoring states. This research program is a national and international leader in the development and implementation of roadside safety devices that reduce the number of fatal and serious injury crashes. A recent regional partnership under NTC is the collaboration with the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) on the Rural Railroad Safety Center. A highlight of NTC’s international portfolio is its collaboration with the Indian Institute of Technology-Madras in developing a Joint Intelligent Transportation Systems Research Center of Excellence sponsored by the Indo-US Technology Forum.

In addition to NTC’s strengths in research, NTC maintains signature education and outreach programs with a strong focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion, including after-school programming, STEM summer camps, and the MATC scholars program, all of which support educational and professional development opportunities for students traditionally underrepresented in STEM. Additionally, information about NTC research, educational, and technology transfer programs can be found at

University of Nebraska-LincolnThe University of Nebraska–Lincoln was chartered as a land-grant university on February 15, 1869, to create opportunity for the state of Nebraska. A proud member of the Big Ten Conference, the Big Ten Academic Alliance, and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), Nebraska is classified within the Carnegie “R1: Doctoral Universities – Highest Research Activity” category. Since its earliest days it has been open to all people of any “age, sex, color, or nationality,” in the words of its founding documents. Now, as then, this university welcomes all.

The UNL College of Engineering is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty and seeks to attract and retain a high performing and diverse workforce in which employees’ differences are respected and valued to better meet the varying needs of the diverse populations we serve. The college fosters a diverse and inclusive work environment that promotes collaboration so that all individuals can participate and contribute to their full potential.

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering consists of approximately 31 tenured/tenure-track faculty, 500 undergraduate students, and 130 graduate students with an ABET/EAC accredited undergraduate curriculum and advanced programs leading to M.S. and Ph.D. degrees on the Omaha and Lincoln campuses. Additional information about the Department and College of Engineering can be found at and The successful candidate will be primarily located on City Campus in Lincoln with teaching responsibilities on both the Lincoln and Omaha campuses.

The NTC Director RoleThe Director is responsible for the administration and leadership of the operations of the Nebraska Transportation Center (NTC). The Director shall provide leadership to successfully manage and operate NTC’s personnel and students. This position is a critical faculty leadership role with responsibility for ensuring that NTC has the strategic vision, facilities, research infrastructure, extramural funding, and key personnel essential to increasing the impact of research and creative activity at UNL and fostering innovative, interdisciplinary endeavors and solving challenges critical to Nebraska and the nation. It is critical that the NTC Director build and maintain strong alliances with transportation researchers and professionals within the University of Nebraska system, the state of Nebraska, regionally, and nationally.

Major ResponsibilitiesThe major responsibilities and primary duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Oversee the infrastructure, research portfolio, and financial and operations enterprise of NTC.
  • Promote collaborative growth of interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary, and transdisciplinary research that builds on and expands current NTC areas of excellence including transportation safety, resilient transportation infrastructure, multi-modal freight, surface transportation systems, transportation systems analysis, traffic engineering, connected and autonomous vehicles, and smart infrastructure.
  • Serve as a regional and national leader in transportation research, including actively pursuing large-scale collaborative opportunities.
  • Deepen efforts to strengthen professional development and retention of top research and administrative talent.
  • Interact with state, national, and international partners.
  • Work closely with the UNL leadership and the nearly 100 NTC research sponsors in both the public and private sectors.
  • Perform research, teaching, and service activities commensurate with the rank of full professor in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering.

As an EO/AA employer, qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation. See

Minimum Required Qualifications:

  1. A PhD or equivalent in engineering or a related transportation field.
  2. A strong record of scholarly achievement in transportation operations, traffic engineering, transportation policy, multimodal transportation, freight transportation, transportation/geometric design, transportation safety, transportation data science, connected and autonomous vehicles, or smart infrastructure or other transportation related field.
  3. A strong record of obtaining and managing individual and collaborative extramural funding from federal and state agencies, private foundations, and/or corporations.
  4. A strong record of research leadership and collaboration.
  5. Qualifications to be tenured at the rank of Professor in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering.
  6. Demonstrated skills and abilities necessary to undertake the responsibilities of the Director.
  7. Candidates must demonstrate a commitment to contributing to a culture that supports diversity and inclusion.

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. A PhD or equivalent in civil engineering.
  2. A BS or equivalent in civil engineering.
  3. An accomplished leader in the transportation research arena with a national reputation and a track record of securing and/or managing funding.
  4. Qualifications to be appointed as a chaired Professor with tenure in the College of Engineering.
  5. Experience managing research and administrative staff.
  6. Experience creating and/or using effective metrics to support fact-based decision-making to drive results.
  7. Experience in recruiting, hiring, developing, coaching, and mentoring others, as well as developing growth career paths for research faculty.

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How to Apply:

Click “Apply to this Job” and complete the information form. Attach the following documents:

  1. Cover letter.
  2. CV.
  3. Research, teaching and diversity statements. Combine into a single pdf document and attach as “Other Document.”
  4. List of three references.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to review the rubrics used by our search committees to evaluate candidate statements: After review of applications begins, those with any missing required statement may not be given full consideration.
Please contact Dr. Libby Jones, Search Committee Chair, at 402-554-3869 ([email protected]) for assistance.

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Please contact Dr. Libby Jones, Search Committee Chair, at 402-554-3869 ([email protected]) for assistance.

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Faculty Tenure/Tenure Leading

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9 Month

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Working at University of Nebraska-Lincoln

For 150 Years, A Leader in Higher Education 
Always a place of high ambition, University of Nebraska was one of the first institutions west of the Mississippi River to award doctoral degrees - the first was granted in 1896. The University of Nebraska established the world's first undergraduate psychology laboratory. The discipline of ecology was born here, and the campuses reflect that tradition, being recognized as botanical gardens and arboreta. An early institutional interest in literature and the arts provided the foundations for today's Prairie Schooner literary magazine, for the University of Nebraska Press, and for the Sheldon Museum of Art, which houses one of the world's most significant collections of 20th century American art.

Today, Nebraska is one of the nation's leading teaching institutions, and a research leader with a wide array of grant-funded projects aimed at broadening knowledge in the sciences and humanities. Nebraska is also a land-grant university and a member of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU). The university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

The University of Nebraska offers an extensive benefits package that includes health, life, disability and long term care insurance; retirement accounts; tuition reimbursement for employees and their spouses and dependent children; and reimbursement accounts for health care and dependent day care. Leave policies are designed to help employees deal with personal or family events or crises.

Diversity and Inclusion
In the spirit of the phrase "Every Interaction Matters", UNL has an enacted commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence for our faculty, staff, and students. On our campus, diversity and inclusion are important priorities. Examples include: Husker Dialogues, which is an event that helps first-year students focus on diversity and inclusion and practice handling difficult conversations around difference; three Chancellor's Diversity Commissions that are charged with informing and advising the Chancellor and addressing issues of constituent campus communities; and the establishment of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion whose leader operates at the Vice Chancellor level. At the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, we strive for excellence in all that we do. True excellence requires that each individual be able to work and learn in an atmosphere of respect, dignity, and belonging. Our commitment to diversity and inclusion requires each of us to continuously ensure our interactions are respectful, protect free speech, and inspire academic freedom.

About Lincoln
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is located in an up-and-coming and safe city of 300,000 people that has many of the cultural and entertainment benefits of a much larger city, with the feel of a friendly Midwestern community. The Pinnacle Bank Arena, opened in 2013, routinely hosts major touring acts. A buzzing entertainment district, the Railyard, connects the arena area to the Historic Haymarket. Cuisines from all continents provide the entree to dynamic urban nightlife and a wide variety of ways to enjoy time with friends. Nebraska's City Campus is one with Lincoln's city center, as it has been since the university was founded.Lincoln has more parkland per capita than Austin, Texas; Portland, Oregon; and all but a handful of U.S. cities. The well-manicured Pioneers Park, the native woods of Wilderness Park and the open grassland of Nine-Mile Prairie are each within a 10-minute trip from campus. Connecting many of these parks is an extensive trails network.

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