How to Apply
To apply, please submit a cover letter, CV, names and contact information of three people who would be willing to provide a letter of recommendation. The cover letter should contain a statement of research interests, address your specific interest in the position, and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.
UMTRI, the College of Engineering, and the University recognize and value contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion (diversity.umich.edu.) Your cover letter should also include information describing how you would work to support DEI at UMTRI.
Please submit all materials as a single document in response to this posting through the University of Michigan jobs portal.
Note: The Research Fellow position is for a one-year, renewable appointment dependent upon performance and funding.
The University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) is recognized internationally for our multidisciplinary research focusing on transportation safety and mobility (http://umtri.umich.edu). 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. UMTRI generates between $14M and $18M in research expenditures each year with funding from a wide range of government agencies and industry partners.
The Engineering Systems Group (ESG) at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) is seeking an outstanding Postdoctoral Research Fellow(s) for a one year, potentially renewable appointment. This position offers the opportunity to contribute to a highly regarded research program and enhance skills necessary for a successful academic/research career.
The Engineering Systems Group (ESG) are research leaders in the areas of connected and automated vehicles, advanced driver assistance systems, and large field studies. Research within ESG includes modeling and simulation, data science leveraging large data sets, and experimental work in the lab, on test facilities, and on public roads. This includes very large naturalistic driving and observational studies and collaboration with other disciplines. The successful candidate would first assist with, and then help lead, substantial and visible research projects in a fast-paced team environment.
Who We Are
The University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) is recognized internationally for our multidisciplinary research focusing on transportation safety and mobility (http://umtri.umich.edu). 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.
The Postdoctoral Research Fellow will conduct research in close collaboration with Research Scientists and faculty in UMTRI. Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:
- Conduct original and collaborative research
- Develop and apply analytical and experimental methods for assessing connected/automated vehicle functions
- Work on prototype system development in a team environment
- Consider functional safety approaches in combination with simulation and testing
- Use existing resources such as naturalistic driving archives to support the research
- Author and co-author peer-reviewed publications
- Participate and present in seminars, work groups and presentations at professional meetings
- Collaborate in ongoing research and new research proposals with faculty
- Help supervise and train undergraduate and graduate students
- A Ph.D. in engineering, computer science, mathematics, or related physical sciences.
- Demonstrated record of individual initiative and originality in research
- Excellent quantitative and analytical skills
- Excellent communication skills
- Demonstrated ability to publish in peer-reviewed forums
- Experience collaborating in a research environment
- Experience in applying machine learning techniques to remote sensor data, especially cameras and LIDAR
- Experience with automotive or similar robotic applications, including but not limited to automated vehicles
- Robust scientific programming and computing skills, including. C++, MatLab/Simulink, Python, and SQL
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: https://www.engin.umich.edu/about/diversity/.
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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. http://umtri.umich.edu/candidate-resources.
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. Additional information regarding the benefits for Post Doctoral Research Fellows can be found here: https://hr.umich.edu/working-u-m/my-employment/academic-human-resources/benefits-postdoctoral-research-fellows.
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