Postdoctoral Scholar


The Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Davis, is seeking one postdoctoral scholar to contribute to studies on the induced travel effects of highway investments and related topics, including the regional transportation planning process, travel demand forecasting models, the environmental review process, and environmental justice analysis. The successful candidate will work as a part of an interdisciplinary team led by professors Susan Handy and Jesus Barajas and researcher Jamey Volker.

Appointment length: 24 months, 100% time
Salary: Between $70,000 and $81,149, commensurate with experience.
Job location: Davis, California, USA
Anticipated start date: September 2023


The successful candidate will:

(1) Oversee and conduct research using both quantitative and qualitative methods.

(2) Identify funding opportunities; lead and contribute to proposals to apply to those opportunities.

(3) Write articles for refereed academic journals, for technical reports, and/or for conferences.

(4) Supervise, train, and mentor graduate students and other team members working on research projects.

Qualifications (at the time of application)


(1) Ph.D or equivalent in Urban Planning, Geography, Civil Engineering, or related fields.

(2) Experience with both qualitative and quantitative research methods.

(3) Knowledge of the regional transportation planning process, travel demand forecasting models, the environmental review process, and environmental justice analysis methods.

(4) Record of high quality publications in academic journals and other publication venues.

(5) Demonstrated ability to work effectively as part of an interdisciplinary team, including the ability to efficiently and actively cooperate with other staff members within the organization.

(6) Strong English communication skills (oral and written).


(1) Additional academic, industrial training or other professional experience in the building sciences or closely related fields.

(2) Demonstrated ability to obtain funding to pursue their research interests and goals, or at least demonstrated proposal writing skills.

(3) End-to-end experience with all aspects of research – development of initial research concept, identification of and planning for funding opportunities including forming competitive teams for funding applications, writing proposals, research design, data acquisition, occupant surveys, analysis, reporting, and stakeholder communication.

(4) Demonstrated ability to lead a research team of graduate students, postdoctoral scholars and associates.

Application Procedure

Please submit your application to Zohar Tal (

References: 3 References required (contact information only): Letters of reference will only be solicited for finalists

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