Postdoctoral Researcher

Position Overview

The Departments of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Kansas invite applications for a full-time Postdoctoral Research Associate in transportation, with special emphasis on connected, automated, and electric mobility technologies, transportation infrastructure that supports the adoption of advanced mobility, digital twins of transportation systems, vehicle control and energy management, and human-centered mobility.

This hiring is part of KU’s School of Engineering (SoE) initiative to promote diverse and inter-disciplinary collaborations across multiple departments. The selected Postdoctoral Associate will have the opportunity to join interdisciplinary research facilities and centers, such as the KU Transportation Center, the KU Driving Simulator Lab, the Hill Engineering Research and Development Center, and the Institute of Information Sciences.

The preferred start date is August 1, 2023. This is a 1-year appointment with possibility of reappointment based on performance and funding availability. Discretionary funds and relocation expenses up to specific amounts will be provided.

Job Description

80% Research
  • Lead and conduct collaborative research projects.
  • Work interdisciplinary with other researchers from SoE and KU.
  • Lead and assist in preparation of research proposals.
  • Conduct research, prepare and execute experiments, analyze associated data.
  • Prepare journal papers.
  • Assist in mentoring and supervision of graduate and undergraduate students with their research.

20% - Reporting and Dissemination of Research
  • Prepare and present updates on research projects.
  • Present findings in seminars and conferences.
  • Assist in preparation of research reports.
  • Participate in group meetings.

Position Requirements

1. This position is required to work on-site.

Required Qualifications

  1. PhD in Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science, or closely related field by date of appointment.
  2. Record of scholarly accomplishments including publications and technical presentations.
  3. Demonstrated effective verbal and written communication skills.
Candidates will be evaluated on their research experience and communication skills, as evidenced by: (i) CV and cover letter, (ii) a 2-page research statement, (iii) prior research publications and/or patent applications, (iv) names of three referees, and (v) interview by videoconference.

NOTE: To be appointed at the Postdoctoral Researcher title, it is necessary to have the Ph.D. conferred at the time of hire. Appointments made without a diploma or certified transcript indicating an earned doctorate are conditional hires and are appointed on an interim basis, not to exceed 6 months. Upon verification of degree, the appointment will be extended to its full duration.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Record of proposal development.
  2. Record of cross-disciplinary collaboration and research.
  3. History of advising students for research.

Additional Candidate Instructions

Only complete application packages submitted online will be considered. A complete application includes online application form, resume, cover letter, names and contact information for three professional references.

Contact Information to Applicants

Alexandra Kondyli,

Advertised Salary Range


Application Review Begins

Thursday June 1, 2023

Anticipated Start Date

Tuesday August 1, 2023

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Posting Information

  • Posting ID:  25023BR
  • Department:  Civil/Environ/Arch Engineering
  • Primary Campus:  University of Kansas Lawrence Campus
  • Assignment:  On-Site
  • Reg/Temp:  Regular
  • Employee Class:  U-Unclassified Professional Staff
  • Review Begins:  01-Jun-2023

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