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Research Assistant Professor, Civil Engineering

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 is seeking a Research Assistant Professor with a background in multi-disciplinary research. The position is funded through Sustainable Infrastructure Research Initiative directed by Dr. Sattar Dorafshan. The initiative aims to develop solutions through basic and applied research in artificial intelligence, remote sensing, robotics, 3D printing and other emerging areas that can potentially increase the sustainability of civil 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
Position Benefits

Benefits include single or family health care coverage (UND pays the full premium), life insurance, employee assistance program, retirement plans with generous employer contributions, and 10 paid holidays.

Optional benefits include supplemental life, dental, vision, flexible spending account, supplemental retirement plans.

UND also offers an employee tuition waiver and a variety of professional development opportunities.

Find out more about UND's great benefits and perks here!

Duties & Responsibilities
    Collaborate on forming research need synthesis in the related areas to the InitiativeCollaborate on proposal development to secure funding from Federal agenciesGuide research projects through experiments and analysis of data;Gather and analyze 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 in the United States.Successful completion of criminal history records check.

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

Preferred Qualifications
    Experience in interdisciplinary research in smart transportation and self-driving vehicles.Post-Doctoral experienceExperience in developing new grant proposals;Broad contextual knowledge of the U.S. infrastructure and their deficiencies (Refer to ASCE Infrastructure Report Card).
Research Resources and Capacity

The sustainable infrastructure initiative will provide desired workstation, office area, and access to the initiative equipment including but not limited to:

    State of the art hyperspectral Visual Near Infrared and Near Infrared Cameras;Infrared thermography cameraUnmanned aerial systems with visual, thermal, and LiDAR payload;Carbon fiber material 3D printer Robotic ArmConcrete 3D printer
    Minimum Hiring Salary

    The initial appointment is for one year, renewable annually (pending annual review of performance and continued availability of funding). Salary is highly competitive and commensurate with experience. 

    Contract Period/Start Date

    Typical work schedule is 8 AM-5 PM Monday through Friday. Anticipated start date, fall of 2022

    To Apply

    For full consideration, applications must be received by September 20, 2022 and include the following materials:

      1-page cover letterA research proposal (up to 10 pages). A successful proposal will include the followings:Problem statement Proposed solution (Hypothesis)Objectives and tasksTimeline Appendices such as references and supplementary material
    CVContact information for 3 references

    Position is open until filled.

    Additional Information

    To find out why living and working in Greater Grand Forks is way cooler, check out Grand Forks is Cooler.

    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 or more 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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