Postdoctoral Researcher

Position Overview

The University of Kansas (KU) is excited to announce two postdoctoral research opportunities to advance construction safety. These positions are funded by the Craig and Diane Martin National Center for Construction Safety (NCCS) established in the Department of Civil, Environmental & Architectural Engineering, School of Engineering. The postdoctoral positions are full time for two years under the supervision of Dr. Chien-Ho Ko. The term can be continued conditioned on satisfactory performance in duties. The successful candidates must have appropriate work authorization and be physically present by the start date of employment.

The NCCS provides a unique opportunity to facilitate proactive safety management research. The intention is to break new ground in all aspects of construction safety. The NCCS operates with a “reduction-to-practice” philosophy, guiding research approaches in a way that maximizes value to the industry and focuses on discoveries that are directly translatable to professional practice.

KU was established in 1866. It is one of just 65 invited members of the Association of American Universities (AAU), and is the state’s flagship university. The University is located in Lawrence, Kansas, which has been ranked as the 6th best college towns in the United States.

Job Description

75% - Research: Engaging in research, writing proposals for external funding, presenting at professional conferences, publishing in peer-reviewed journals, and preparing reports.

25% - Administration: Organizing conferences and meetings, mentoring undergraduate and graduate students, compiling NCCS’s publications, managing construction safety certificate program, maintaining website, and managing NCCS’s files and documents.

Position Requirements

  1. Work location statement – This position is required to work on-site.

Required Qualifications

  1. Ph.D. in an engineering or science field, including (but not limited to) mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, computer science, industrial engineering, civil engineering, and construction engineering.
  2. Prior experience with writing proposals for external funding.
  3. Evidence of ability to publish in peer-reviewed journals.
  4. Evidence of ability to develop research products, including hardware, software, method, or process.
  5. Prior experience with organizing activities.
NOTE: To be appointed at the Postdoctoral Researcher title, it is necessary to have the PhD 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. Academic award winners.
  2. Patent inventors.

Additional Candidate Instructions

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

Review of applications begins on September 11, 2023 and continues until a qualified pool of applicants is identified.

Contact Information to Applicants

Dr. Chien-Ho Ko,

Advertised Salary Range


Work Schedule

Standard Hours

Application Review Begins

Monday September 11, 2023

Anticipated Start Date

Sunday October 1, 2023

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Posting Information

  • Posting ID:  26136BR
  • 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:  11-Sep-2023

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