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The following items should be included in your submission.

  1. A cover letter describing why you are interested in the position, the contributions you have made through your publications, 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 2-page research statement highlighting your research experience and your goals for future research, including the primary topics you would like to pursue. 
  4. A demonstration of your broad knowledge of human factors in the form of a 1-page table that lists the core topics in human factors and identifies what you know about and/or what you have done relating to those topics.  
  5. UMTRI, the College of Engineering (CoE), and the University of Michigan (U-M) recognize and value contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI;  Accordingly, please include a statement (up to 1 page) describing your past efforts to support DEI and how you would work to support DEI at UMTRI.  
  6. 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.


We are inviting applicants to apply for a full-time research faculty position at the rank of Associate or Full. We are looking for individuals who would like to join UMTRI long term and who will contribute to the excellence and diversity of our research efforts.  This non-tenure-track position offers the opportunity to focus on research in our Human Factors Group.  We are especially interested in individuals who have knowledge, interests, and broad experience in Human Factors Engineering.  This senior level research faculty position would require the individual to live in or relocate to southeastern Michigan.  The earliest possible start date is July 1, 2022.

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. Most faculty work primarily in one research group (Behavioral Sciences, Biosciences, CMISST (Data), Engineering Systems, Human Factors) but collaborate across groups, and with other faculty throughout the University of Michigan, as projects demand.  UMTRI is offering a substantial commitment to salary funding during the first three years in the position, including 100% of the first year's salary.

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

Who We Are

The University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) is recognized internationally for our multidisciplinary research focusing on transportation safety and mobility (  Established in 1965, we maintain the highest standards of excellence as we conduct research that improves peoples’ lives through access to safe, equitable and efficient 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 200 student researchers annually.  Lecturer opportunities could be available for those who are interested, and several UMTRI faculty currently serve as lecturers in the College of Engineering.  UMTRI generates between $14M and $18M in research expenditures each year with funding from a wide range of government agencies and industry partners.

Some supplemental funding sources are subjected to export control restrictions. Please note that these projects will require US Citizenship or permanent residency to work with export-controlled material.


Daily activities include conducting research, performing experiments, analyzing data, and coordinating activities with other faculty, research staff, and students.  Ongoing activities include writing reports and journal articles, presenting at conferences, and writing proposals to secure additional funding.  

Student engagement is highly encouraged and could involve supervision of paid student research assistants, participating as mentors in formal UM student research programs  (UROP, SURE, MDP), classroom teaching, or service on graduate committees.  UMTRI recently initiated a program where faculty can supplement their salary by offering students experiential learning opportunities, as well as accrue additional backstop funding.  

Many faculty actively participate in professional organizations.  All faculty members are asked to serve on UMTRI administrative committees.

Required Qualifications*

  • Successful applicants must hold a Ph.D. in Engineering, Computer Science, Psychology, or other field related to transportation or mobility. 
  • Candidates must have a record of scholarly research that demonstrates potential for success in the field.  Scholarly research includes a record of publication in peer-reviewed journals, as well as presentations at relevant academic and professional meetings.
  • Experience in developing successful proposals for research funding, from both government and industry sponsors.
  • Sufficient knowledge of Human Factors.
  • Interest in providing hands-on experiential learning opportunities for students.
  • A record of both independent and collaborative research based on extramural funding that has produced scholarly publications.
  • Research experience in the areas of driver behavior and performance, crash data analysis, human use of vehicle technologies, driver trust/acceptance of assistance technology, traffic modeling, connected vehicles, equity in mobility, vulnerable road user safety, or other relevant areas consistent with UMTRI’s mission and vision.

Additional Information

Michigan Engineering seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitments to serve the diverse people of Michigan, fulfill the College’s Guiding Principles, and sustain the excellence of the College of Engineering.

To learn more about diversity, equity, and inclusion visit:

To learn more about the College of Engineering strategic vision visit:

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.


In addition to a career filled with purpose and opportunity, The University of Michigan offers a comprehensive benefits package to help you stay well, protect yourself and your family and plan for a secure future. Benefits include:

  • Generous time off
  • A retirement plan that provides two-for-one matching contributions with immediate vesting
  • Many choices for comprehensive health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Long-term disability coverage
  • Flexible spending accounts for healthcare and dependent care expenses
  • Family Leave

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.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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

U-M COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

COVID-19 vaccinations, including boosters when eligible, are required for all University of Michigan students, faculty and staff across all campuses, including Michigan Medicine.  This includes those working remotely.   More information on this new policy is available on the Campus Blueprint website or the UM-Dearborn and UM-Flint websites.