Assistant Professional Researcher

April 2019

Position Description

The UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS-Davis) and Three Revolutions Future Mobility Program seek to hire a researcher to study the policy outcomes and travel behavior impacts of shared use mobility alternatives including carshare, rideshare, TNCs and micromobility. The researcher will develop an effective research program encompassing the adoption of shared use mobility alternatives and policy making activities related to these alternatives. The research program should also cover the development of policy outcomes addressing the impacts of shared use mobility alternatives on transportation systems.

The researcher should have both qualitative and quantitative research experience, in order to develop and conduct surveys and interviews, use existing data, including big data sources. The applicant should also have experience in disseminating research results to policymakers using policy briefs, webinars, and one on one engagement. The researcher will possess knowledge of the theories used to understand both the individual behavior and the policy making processes and be capable of leading a team of students and researchers. The researcher will engage in the following activities; develop research protocols and write grant proposals, analyze the findings for statistical significance and synthesize the results for publication in academic journals, and presentation at academic and professional conferences.


Applicants must have a Ph.D. in engineering, public policy, political science, transportation or urban planning or another transportation-related field. A record of publications in peer-reviewed journals, and some postdoctoral and mentorship experience is required. The applicant must possess expertise and experience in designing and conducting research (including surveys and interviews); experience developing research protocols, including filing, obtaining, and maintaining institutional review board project approval; and knowledge and proven experience in qualitative and quantitative data analysis, including statistics and social network analysis.

The applicant should have experience in managing confidential personal data securely, and knowledge of IRB requirements related to personally identifiable information. The applicant should be competent in the use of at least one of the following statistical software packages: SPSS, STATA, R, or JMP. The applicant must have a demonstrated ability to secure research funding, and ability to initiate, coordinate, and conduct research programs in a variety of transportation research fields, and with a variety of funding sources, including state and federal agencies, private industries, and foundations. The applicant should have experience disseminating research to policymakers including direct engagement with state and national policymakers in the transportation field. Strong interpersonal collaboration and networking skills are required, along with the ability to function at a high level of competence, and to work effectively with individuals representing a diversity of backgrounds, interests, and positions, both within and outside of the University of California.

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