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Assistant Professional Researcher - ITS

Recruitment Period

Open October 10th, 2019 through Tuesday, Dec 31, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)


Job Description:

Nature and Purpose

The Professional Researcher engages directly in independent research and functions as an independent investigator and has the major responsibility and leadership for his research program. The appointee possesses the subject matter expertise and creative energy necessary to function at a high level of competence. The appointee will participate in activities to increase, improve, or upgrade competency. Appointees with Professional Research titles do not have teaching responsibilities.

Major Responsibilities:

• Research (75%)

This position will investigate the disruptive trends in transportation sector, in particularly those related to the changes brought by the emergence of new shared mobility services, vehicle automation and electrification. The researcher will study the adoption and frequency of use of new shared mobility services, their impacts on various components of travel demand and behavior, simulate those changes in large-scale travel demand models, and evaluate policy related issues. The researcher will develop and conduct surveys/behavioral experiments, and estimate various types of statistical models and disseminate research results to policymakers using policy briefs, webinars, and one-on-one engagement. The researcher will need to be familiar with the current research on the disruptive trend in the transportation sector and capable of leading a team of students and researchers to develop research protocols and write grant proposals, analyze the data collected in these projects, and summarize the results in publications to be published in academic journals and policy briefs. This position requires creative contributions to and collaborative development of an active research program investigating the relationships among the adoption of new transportation technologies such as shared mobility, vehicle automation and electrification (i.e. the “3 Revolutions” in transportation), individual travel behaviors, land use features, economic activities, technological development, individual characteristics, personal preferences and attitudes, and sociodemographic traits. In particular, the research is oriented towards the investigation of the impact of shared mobility, vehicle automation and other new technologies in transportation (e.g. Mobility as a Service, or MaaS), travelers’ personal attitudes and preferences, among specific categories of users (e.g. mobility of young adults, also referred to as “millennials” vs. older groups of adults) and in relation with the potential responsiveness to policies developed to increase the overall sustainability of transportation systems in California, the rest of the United States, as well as other developed and developing countries in Europe, Latin America, Asia and the Middle East.The candidate will coordinate with Dr. Giovanni Circella, Director of the 3 Revolutions Future Mobility Program and Professor Dan Sperling, ITS Director at UC Davis, to assist with the overall strategic research scope in the area of new mobility studies and research projects also in cooperation with other UC campuses and partner institutions. This includes developing appropriate research questions, identifying potential funding sources and securing them, organizing and leading scientific studies, and supervising postdoc researchers and graduate students participating in related projects addressing the linkages among the adoption of new transportation technologies, land use and transportation, the modifications in the growth of urban areas, the mobility of young adults and other population cohorts, and policies to fight climate change and promote transportation sustainability.
Skills required for this position include extensive experience with travel behavior research, the development and application of travel survey methods for the collection of travel and attitudinal data, the use of quantitative methodologies e.g. multivariate statistical analysis methods and the estimation of (a) econometric, (b) structural equations, and (c) discrete choice models, the ability to apply advanced travel demand forecasting models, the ability to conduct big data analysis and apply machine/deep learning techniques, and evaluate the effectiveness of transportation and land use policies. Further, the candidate will need to publish research results in high-quality peer-reviewed scientific journals and write proposals to obtain funding from federal and state agencies and other funding organizations.

• Professional Competence and Activity (15%)

The successful candidate will assist Dr. Giovanni Circella to direct, organize and conduct the research activities of the 3 Revolutions Future Mobility (3RFM) Program, and expand its research activities and network of funding agencies and partner organizations. He will participate in the activities of professional societies and conferences appropriate to their areas of expertise, including travel behavior and transportation planning, city and regional planning, and transportation sustainability. The successful candidate will also serve as a reviewer of research proposals and scientific publications as appropriate. They will attend seminars to present research results and may give oral presentations to public and professional interest groups, and will coordinate and/or give presentations at seminars and meetings and/or participate in educational activities related to their research projects.

• University and Public Service (10%)

The candidate will work with UC researchers to develop program workshops, contributions to conferences and seminars consistent with their transportation planning and policy research efforts to increase the understanding of the factors affecting transportation demand and the potential to support increased sustainability in transportation. The researcher will engage in public outreach activities, presenting scientific research results to the general public and program sponsors as well as providing relevant advice to individuals and public agencies.

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Job location

Davis, CA


Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter (Optional)

  • Statement of Research

  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit for guidelines about writing a statement and why one is requested.

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)