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The following items should be included in your submission as one continuous document:

  1. A cover letter describing why you are interested in the position, the contributions you have made to your publications, any experience developing proposals for research funding, and examples of how you have worked both independently and as a member of a team.
  2. An academic CV detailing education, experience, publications by type, and presentations. In this document, provide separate lists for (a) peer-reviewed journal articles, (b) conference papers, and (c) other publications.
  3. A 1-page research statement highlighting your research experience and your goals for future research, including the primary topics you would like to pursue. Address how these align with UMTRI’s research activities.
  4. UMTRI, the College of Engineering, and the University recognize and value contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion ( Please include a statement (up to 1 page) describing your past efforts to support diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and how you would work to support DEI at UMTRI.  
  5. Names and contact information for three references. If you would prefer to submit them later in the process, please mention this in your cover letter. 

Job Summary

The University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) is recognized internationally for our multidisciplinary research focusing on transportation safety and mobility ( We maintain the highest standards of excellence as we conduct research that improves peoples’ lives through access to safe and equitable mobility. UMTRI is a non-degree-granting unit within the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan that includes 20 faculty members, 65 research staff, and over 100 student researchers. During the last fiscal year, UMTRI generated $19M in research expenditures with funding from a wide range of government agencies and industry partners.

We are inviting applicants to apply for a full-time research faculty position at the rank of Assistant, Associate, or Full. We are especially interested in individuals who can contribute to the excellence and diversity of our research efforts. This non-tenure-track position offers the opportunity to focus on research. As an UMTRI faculty member, you would work collaboratively with other faculty, research staff, and student researchers to study issues related to transportation safety and mobility. We offer an interdisciplinary environment that includes engineers, psychologists, behavioral scientists, and statisticians working on projects funded by government and industry sponsors. Most faculty work primarily with one research group (Behavioral Sciences, Biosciences, CMISST (Data), Engineering Systems, Human Factors) but collaborate across groups as projects demand.


Daily activities may include conducting research, performing experiments, analyzing data, and  coordinating activities with other faculty and research staff. Ongoing activities include writing reports and journal articles, presenting at conferences, and writing proposals to secure additional funding. Student engagement is encouraged and may involve supervision of paid  student research assistants, participating as mentors in formal UM student research programs  (UROP, SURE, MDP), or classroom teaching. Many faculty actively participate in professional organizations, and assistant level faculty members are asked to serve on one UMTRI administrative committee.

Required Qualifications*

Successful applicants must hold a Ph.D. in engineering, computer science, mathematics, statistics, experimental/cognitive psychology, or another field related to transportation or mobility. Candidates expecting a suitable degree within the next six months may also apply.

Candidates at the Assistant level should have a record of scholarly research that demonstrates potential for success in the field. Candidates at the Associate level should have an established record of scholarly achievement and research funding. Candidates at the Full level should have an international reputation for scholarly achievement and an established record of research funding. Scholarly research includes a record of publication in peer-reviewed journals, as well as presentations at relevant academic and professional meetings.

Candidates must be eligible to work in the United States.

Desired Qualifications*

At the Assistant level, demonstrated potential to develop successful proposals for research funding, from both government and industry sponsors.

Interest in providing hands-on experiential learning opportunities for students.

Research experience in an area of relevance to UMTRI’s mission. Prior research at UMTRI has addressed, among other areas: driver behavior and performance, crash data analysis, occupant protection, automated vehicle technologies, driver trust/acceptance of assistance technology, human body modeling, traffic modeling, connected vehicles, transportation policy and legislation, and occupant ergonomics (see We also welcome expertise in other mobility topics with research growth potential.

A record of both independent and collaborative research based on extramural funding that has produced scholarly publications.

Eligible to work on federally funded projects that may be subject to export control restrictions.

Underfill Statement

This position is posted as an Assistant Research Scientist/Associate Research Scientist/Research Scientist faculty position. The rank of the selected candidate will depend upon candidate's qualifications.

Additional Information

Michigan Engineering’s vision is to be the world’s preeminent college of engineering serving the common good. This global outlook, leadership focus, and service commitment permeate our culture. Our vision is supported by a mission and values that, together, provide the framework for all that we do.  Information about our vision, mission and values can be found at:

We seek candidates who will provide inspiration and leadership in research and actively contribute to teaching.  We are especially interested in candidates who can contribute, through their research, teaching and service, to the diversity and excellence of the academic community and who will build collaborative ties with other departments within the College of Engineering and the University. The University of Michigan is responsive to the needs of dual career families.

The University of Michigan is a non-discriminatory, affirmative action employer.

The University of Michigan has a storied legacy of commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI). We seek faculty members who embrace a culture of excellence and contribute to the department's goal of eliminating systemic racism and sexism by joining our culture of DEI, will be committed to excellence in graduate and undergraduate education, and will develop productive and novel research programs. The Michigan Engineering component of the University’s comprehensive, five-year, DEI strategic plan—with updates on our programs and resources dedicated to ensuring a welcoming, fair, and inclusive environment—can be found at:

Ann Arbor is a small, friendly town with big-city sophistication.  Ann Arbor offers an exceptionally high quality of life, combining the safety and intimacy of a smaller city with an abundance of diverse cultural opportunities exceeding those of much larger cities. Ann Arbor ranks in polls as one of the best places in the United States to live and raise a family.

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks.  Background checks are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

Review of applications will begin January 1, 2021 and continue until successful applicants are identified. More than one position is available. Appointment start dates are not tied to the academic year.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.