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Back to search results Apply now Job no: 777565
Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Engineering
Department: Civil And Environmental Engineering 10016148
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Engineers/Architects, Research/Scientific, Fixed Term Academic Staff, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union, Remote-Friendly

Position Summary

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) invites applications from outstanding candidates for multiple Fixed-Term Research Associate (Postdoctoral research) positions in the broad area of transportation engineering. The initial appointment will be for 12 months. Renewal for up to two additional years is possible, subject to funding and satisfactory performance evaluations.

The positions will be under the direction of Dr. Peter Savolainen and Dr. Timothy Gates. The Research Associates will work as part of a multidisciplinary research team with primary emphases in the areas of traffic safety, operations, and the application of statistical and econometric methods to transportation data. The successful applicants will serve in a project manager role, helping to coordinate day-to-day activities on a variety of research projects funded by a diverse range of public and private agencies. These individuals will also have the opportunity to be involved in a leading role in a range of quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis activities. They will also have opportunities to mentor both graduate and undergraduate students.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree

Doctorate -Civil and Environmental Engineering or related field

Minimum Requirements

  • Doctorate in Civil and Environmental Engineering or a closely related field by the start date.
  • Excellent qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis skills.
  • Record of scholarly productivity.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills. 
  • Ability to work well both independently and in a team environment.

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience with advanced statistical and econometric methods of data analysis, particularly in the domain of traffic safety and operations.
  • Experience in the review and analysis of police-reported crash data and surrogate safety measures.
  • Experience with traffic operations data, including probe vehicle data and microwave vehicle detection system (MVDS) data.
  • Experience with connected and autonomous vehicle (CAV) data.

Required Application Materials

Applicants are required to submit

  • a research statement
  • a teaching statement
  • a CV
  • three references with contact information

Together-we-will Statement

The university is requiring all MSU students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with limited exceptions. Learn more at:

Special Instructions

For full consideration, applications should be received before 5.23.22. Applications will be reviewed on a continuing basis thereafter until position is filled.

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Remote Work Statement

MSU strives to provide a flexible work environment and this position has been designated as remote-friendly. Remote-friendly means some or all of the duties can be performed remotely as mutually agreed upon.


Department Statement

MSU enjoys a park-like campus with outlying research facilities and natural areas. The campus is adjacent to the city of East Lansing and the capital city of Lansing. The Lansing metropolitan area has a diverse population of approximately 470,000. Local communities have excellent school systems and place a high value on education. The MSU Civil and Environmental Engineering is committed to amplifying perspectives and stories by underrepresented and oppressed communities through engineering foundations and creating an inclusive environment for meaningful dialogue about ideas leading to solutions. Information about WorkLife at MSU can be found at  

MSU Statement

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

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