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To apply, please submit a cover letter, CV, and the 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 ( Your cover letter should also include information describing how you would work to support DEI at UMTRI.

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Note: The Research Fellow position is for a one-year, renewable appointment dependent upon performance and funding.


University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) is looking for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to perform cutting edge research in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (AI/ML) to benefit real world large-scale transportation projects. UMTRI is well-known in the transportation community for quality-driven interdisciplinary applied research in the transportation domain. As part of this position, the applicant will engage with the Engineering Systems Group (ESG) to develop robust and accurate methodology for object detection, tracking and fusion problems with a view towards specific problems arising in AI/ML such as uncertainty quantification, domain adaptation and out-of-distribution among various others. The applicant will work closely with the Research Faculty, Research Staff and Students in working on funded projects within the group and having collaborations within the institute. The position seeks applicants with a track record of impactful publications. A special focus will be placed on previous collaborative research.

What You'll Do

  • Perform research to advance the science and technology of object detection, tracking and fusion pipeline in real world sensor data.
  • Collaborate with your faculty supervisor and other researchers to discuss, develop and implement research agenda.
  • Write and debug high-quality research code and research papers.
  • Design and implement experiments to test research ideas on a variety of problems.
  • Publish research at conferences and journals.

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. UMTRI generates between $14M and $18M in research expenditures each year with funding from a wide range of government agencies and industry partners.

Michigan Engineers are world-class educators, researchers, students and staff who strive to build a people-first future. As part of the nation's number one public research institution, Michigan Engineering's mission is to provide scientific and technological leadership to the people of the world, develop intellectually curious and socially conscious minds, create collaborative solutions to societal problems, and promote an inclusive and innovative community of service for the common good.

Our vision, mission and values are supported by a people-first engineering framework that guides our work. As Michigan Engineers, we strive to apply excellent engineering fundamentals, integrated expertise and equity-centered values to reimagine what engineering can be, close critical gaps, and elevate all people. Information about our vision, mission and values can be found at:

The University of Michigan has a storied legacy of commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI). Michigan Engineering models that commitment in our research, culture and collaborations. We seek to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of that commitment. Learn more about DEI at Michigan Engineering: .

Required Qualifications*

  • Currently has or is in the process of obtaining a PhD degree or completing a postdoctoral assignment in Engineering, Mathematics, Statistics, Computer Science or a similar field. (Degree must be completed prior to joining UMTRI.)
  • Experienced with implementing object detection frameworks.
  • Research background in Machine Learning, or similar field.
  • Experience solving analytical problems using analytic and quantitative approaches.
  • Demonstrated experience communicating research to audiences with different backgrounds.
  • Experience coding in C/C++, Python, C#, or other similar languages.
  • Must be authorized to work in the U.S.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Experience in working with sensor data such as cameras, LiDARs and radars.
  • Experience having first-authored publications at peer-reviewed conferences or journals.
  • Research and engineering experience demonstrated via grants, fellowships, patents, internships, work experience, and/or coding competitions.
  • Experience solving complex problems and comparing alternative solutions, trade-offs, and diverse points of view to determine a path forward.
  • Experience communicating research for public audiences of peers.
  • Experience working and communicating cross functionally in a team environment.

Additional Information

The Research Fellow position is for a one-year, renewable appointment dependent upon performance and funding.

A higher salary may be considered for an extraordinarily qualified candidate.

Background Screening

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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.