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Lecturers’ appointments for Academic year 2022-2023

Temporary positions are anticipated for lecturers in the Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS) under the umbrella of the Civil and Environment Engineering Department. A list of courses that may be available during 2022-2023 academic years is attached. An updated list is available on the department website at https://catalog.ucdavis.edu/courses-subject-code/ttp/. Courses will be conducted in person on the main UC Davis Campus in Davis, CA.

Appointment Date: Several appointments may be made each year. A selected candidate will be assigned only one course in any quarter. Service dates are:

Fall Quarter 2022: September 19, 2022 – December 31, 2023
Winter Quarter 2022: January 1, 2023 – March 31, 2023
Spring Quarter 2022: April 1, 2023– June 30, 2023

Duties and Responsibilities: Teach one or more lecture and/or laboratory courses in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering during the academic year but not more than a single course in any quarter.

To apply please use the link: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF04951. Applicants can submit their applications from 5/13/2022-6/12/2022.

Python Programmer for Model-building project

We are looking for a post-doc or academic researcher with extensive experience in software development and programming in Python, to work on a project building a model to estimate the benefits of air quality and climate policies in California. Familiarity with modeling emissions, air-quality, and health impacts is helpful.

There are three main programming tasks:

1) Processing large databases on emissions and air-quality into a 4km x 4km grid for the state of California. This includes data processing into desired formats, data entry, quality control check, and more. This requires extensive experience with very large, complex data sets. We will provide the data, or access to the data, and the methods.

2) Programming the economic and scientific functions for air dispersion models, atmospheric chemistry, health-impact (dose-respone) functions, and so on. This requires writing iterative loops, calling data, and quality control, as well as writing the actual functions. We will provide the complete methods — i.e., formulas — in a Word document.

3) Developing a browser-based graphical user interface (GUI) for managing inputs and outputs for the modeling system. We have started on a rudimentary sample. We will provide user requirements, desired inputs and outputs, graphical requirements, etc. This requires near expert-level experience with GUIs.

The programmer will work under close supervision of Dr. Delucchi. We have funding for 6-12 months of work, depending on experience and salary, beginning in Spring 2022.

Contact:

Mark Delucchi
Research Scientist
Energy Systems, Economics, and Environmental Assessment
UC Davis and UC Berkeley

High Road Jobs for Transportation Policy and Research Manager

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Now accepting applications for High Road Jobs for Transportation Policy and Research Manager at ITS-Davis.

The High Road Jobs (HRJ) for Transportation Policy and Research Manager will consult across the University of California Institute of Transportation Studies (UC ITS) to support major research programs and initiatives using their subject-matter knowledge of jobs and labor issues and needs for transportation. They will help advance the University’s missions of public service (bring UC knowledge to the public and public policy) and education (teaching stakeholders and engaging with external organization).

The HRJ Policy and Research Manager will contribute directly to the research and policy engagement activities of the UC ITS Resilient and Innovative Mobility Initiative (RIMI) as lead high road jobs advisor. The HRJ Policy and Research Manager will also collaborate with the UC Davis Policy Institute for Energy, Environment and the Economy (Policy Institute), and the UC Davis Plug-In Hybrid & Electric Vehicle (PH&EV) Research Center to support multiple ongoing projects, providing expert insight into the interactions between transportation, energy, climate, and resilience policy and labor issues.

For full job description, responsibilities and requirements, please refer to the attached information and the UC Davis Careers posting.

Applications will be accepted through February 24, 2022.

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Sustainable Freight Research Analyst

RSCH DATA ANL 3 (Sustainable Freight Research Analyst)
University of California Davis

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Database Assistant (Student Position)

Student Position: Database Assistant
Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS-Davis)

Open to UC Davis Students
Apply by February 28, 2022 through Handshake at: https://ucdavis.joinhandshake.com/stu/jobs/5931974?ref=employer-show
Job No.: 5931974
Job Title: STDT-4

This position serves the important purpose of helping to broadcast ITS-Davis research publications, and events, making our research and activities known to the public, policymakers, researchers, students, and funders.

Job Purpose: Maintain and update research publications database; post research reports on UC’s open access library of publications (escholarship); update Institute of Transportation Studies events on the central UC Davis calendar (Trumba); and provide additional support as needed, such as social media posting, writing, content creation.

Job Description: Do you have the ability to be careful and exacting in managing and entering information into a database? Are you able to identify ways to streamline processes, such as conducting web searches and transferring the found information into a database or document files? ITS-Davis seeks a talented student assistant to help us with the vital task of keeping current our publications database, events calendar, and help plan social media strategies.

Database Management

  • Conduct online literature searches through Google Scholar (and other applications and search engines) to find publications by ITS-Davis researchers
  • Enter publication information on the ITS-Davis database; publish documents that ITS-Davis has rights to on escholarship.org
  • Track the above processes on internal spreadsheets.
  • Possibly identify ways to make the above processes more efficient at capturing a higher percentage of publications
  • Communicate with ITS-Davis researchers and staff regarding posting publications on the database or publishing them on escholarship

Miscellaneous (as needed)

  • Maintain postings of upcoming ITS-Davis events on the UC Davis campus calendar and ITS-Davis calendar
  • Occasionally take notes at events, write social media posts (Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook), and track social media analytics on internal spreadsheets.
  • Occasionally assist on other communications projects, including editing and creating promotional and internal materials such charts to quantify publications and media appearances

You will be working with a collaborative team of staff and students, either remotely or in our offices on the UC Davis West Village campus, depending on the current COVID-19 regulations. The work schedule is flexible. You will work under the supervision of the Science Writer and the Senior Director of Communications.

Qualifications (Required) Necessary

  • Demonstrated experience performing precise entry of information (e.g., transferring text and numbers from a source document to the appropriate fields in a database).
  • Professional attitude and conduct, including communicating promptly and effectively with researchers, managers
  • Open to feedback and able to meet deadlines.
  • Self-initiative and the ability to troubleshoot and work independently.

Desirable

  • Spreadsheet experience; tracking pending and completed tasks in a program such as Excel or Google sheets
  • Experience with or ability to learn other computer software, such as Google Drive, social media sites, Box.
  • Experience in streamlining internet searches and data entry processes
  • Interest in sustainable transportation and energy, and related policy-making and urban planning

Travel Demand and GIS Modeling Postdoc focus on EV Infrastructure

About us

The Plug-in Hybrid & Electric Vehicle (PH&EV) Research Center launched in early 2007, with the support of the California Energy Commission’s allocation of Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) funds for transportation research. The Center collaborates closely with California utilities, automakers, regulators, and other research institutions to provide the rigorous research and impartial policy analysis that are needed to meet the climate environmental and equity goals of our society.

Moving forward our research is focused on measuring, monitoring and understanding multiple aspects of the quickly evolving market for zero emission vehicles, the incentives and policy needed to meet the goals nationally and internationally, the demand for infrastructure and the energy and environmental aspects of the transition.

The program receives support from industry partners, planning agencies and research foundations, and works in close cooperation with the federally-funded National Center for Sustainable Transportation and other research programs at UC Davis. For additional information on the PH&EV Center and on ITS Davis, please see PHEV.ucdavis.edu and its.ucdavis.edu.

Position Description

The selected candidate will join a team investigating the future of mobility at the University of California, Davis. The postdoctoral researcher will work on travel behavior modeling research and will focus on developing models for electric vehicles usage and refueling locations as part of the Travel Demand Modeling and Geographical Information Systems team at the PH&EV Research Center. The position’s primary duties will be to update a system of spatial planning tools as part of a larger toolbox for planning for the installation of charging stations, to engage current projects addressing the issues of plug-in electric vehicles and consumer behaviors, and to develop knowledge and investigate topics relevant to the increased adoption and use of electric vehicles.

Qualifications

Candidates should have completed a doctoral degree in Civil Engineering, Transportation Planning, Computer Science, Economics, Geography, or a related field at the time of hire. Candidates with strong multidisciplinary skills covering more than one of these areas are particularly encouraged to apply. Extremely well-qualified candidates with slightly different qualifications and/or research focus might be also considered under special circumstances.

The postdoctoral researcher must be able to work collaboratively with a team ranging from undergraduate research assistants to senior research faculty. The postdoctoral researcher must also be a skilled communicator, able to write clear academic papers or briefings as well as present their research to a variety of audiences.

Skills

The postdoctoral researcher must have a deep understanding of travel behavior, travel demand modeling, GIS tools, and discrete choice modeling, including demonstrable experience in:

  • Spatial analysis using tools such as ArcGIS or QGIS.
  • Quantitative methods for data analysis using statistical software such as R, Python, STATA, JMP, or equivalent.
  • Transportation issues, particularly those related to zero-emission transportation.

In addition, the postdoctoral researcher must have excellent verbal and written English language communication skills.

Because the center’s researchers employ a range of methods to address topics relating to the purchase and use of electric vehicles, experience in one or more of the following areas would also be beneficial:

  • Latent class analysis and structural equations modeling using tools such as Latent Gold, MPlus, or equivalent.
  • Market research, forecasting, and the adoption of new technology.
  • Survey design and implementation.

Interested applicants should email their CV to Dahlia Garas, dmgaras@ucdavis.edu

New Recruitment: Director of the European Research Center on Transportation and Climate Policy

Under general direction of the Director for the UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS-Davis), the Director of the European Research Center provides vision and intellectual leadership for research and outreach activities for the center. Responsible for leading all research activities including defining research directions. Independently manage and provide technical and academic direction to support administrative and academic staff. Works closely with faculty, staff and extramurally funded programs housed within ITS-Davis to enhance the visibility and impact of the Institute, including developing partnerships with a broad range of constituents in education, local state national, and international agencies and legislative bodies. Respond to emerging initiatives and optimize ITS resources in responding to research and operational needs. Provide ongoing organizational and programmatic review to continually identify opportunities for improving funding to support new center. Develop and participate in opportunities for writing contract and grant proposals in collaboration with faculty and staff in ITS.

The new hire will be expected to lead the development of the European Research Center including: Develop the strategic plan, fundraise to cover costs of the center (with initial funding from the main ITS-Davis organization); maintain oversight of the Center’s budget, hire and manage staff, set programmatic agendas and priorities, ensure programmatic compliance relative to both schedules and budgets, and execute the program. Related responsibilities will include fostering alliances between funding partners and the research program that serve the research center’s business development goals, develop a research portfolio that addresses a board variety of government, industry, and NGO needs, including leading and participating in outreach activities to educate partners on technologies and research; oversee implementation of short-and long-term staffing plans that support the mission and activities of the Center; create and deliver high quality, research programs and funding model to support the center’s operational activities via independent and collaborative research initiatives.

In addition, the new hire will be expected to lead and conduct recruitment efforts to support research which will result in scholarly publications, research reports and presentations. Oversee and support faculty, staff and students and provide operational resources and direction, while ensuring compliance with University policies and procedures. Ensure that projects and activities align with the mission of the Center and ITS in order to ensure sustainability, growth, cohesiveness and collaboration.

Applications to this position can be received by December 31, 2021, via the link: https://hr.ucdavis.edu/careers, Job number 27875.

Postdoc Researcher Position

Institute of Transportation Studies
Energy Futures Program
University of California, Davis

Supervisors: Dr. Lewis Fulton and Prof. Dan Sperling
December 2021

 

The UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies, Energy Futures (EF) Program is recruiting a postdoctoral Scholar to support our efforts to develop models of the transportation systems within the United States and internationally and conduct detailed analysis using those models. Particular emphasis will be on one or more of: transitions to net-zero transportation energy systems, modeling of electric and fuel cell cars and trucks within transportation systems, and modeling hydrogen systems in the context of transportation and stationery system decarbonization. Experience is not needed in all these areas but would be a plus.

Candidates should have completed a doctoral degree in one of the fields of: Civil Engineering, Transportation Planning, Computer Science, Economics, Energy resources, Geography, Operations Research or a related field at the time of hire. Candidates should have significant experience in one or more of the following: developing and running models of national level transportation and energy systems including simulation, optimization, and/or backcasting elements; transportation systems planning; projecting future changes in systems; and understanding relevant potential policies to encourage low-carbon future systems.

Candidates with strong multidisciplinary skills covering more than one of the areas listed above are particularly encouraged to apply. Extremely well-qualified candidates with slightly different qualifications and/or research focus might be also considered under special circumstances.

Other essential qualifications include an excellent track of scientific publications; excellent English-language writing skills; ability to meet deadlines, work well with minimal direction and with a team, and produce high-quality research outputs; good time management and record-keeping. Desirable qualifications include solid presentation skills and experience with fundraising and maintaining rapport with funding agencies.

The selected candidates will join a growing team working on research on future mobility at the University of California, Davis. They will work with Dr. Fulton and other researchers in the program on projects related to modeling future transportation and energy systems in the US and internationally, including a range of topics related to new vehicle technologies, new fuels, and transportation system dynamics. Other duties commensurate with the researcher’s qualifications will also be assigned.

Screening of applications will begin immediately, and recruitment will continue until the position is filled. Interviews with applicants will be scheduled via phone or videoconference, and in-person informal interviews may be held during the TRB 2022 meeting.

We offer a competitive salary and generous benefits, including health insurance, retirement plan, vacation and sick leave, and support to a successful career in scientific research. The successful candidates will be encouraged to submit the output of their work to scientific conferences and professional meetings. Pending acceptance of the work, and funding availability, they will receive support for the attendance of these meetings.

The University of California, Davis is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, and applications from women and under-represented minorities are encouraged.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, copy of one selected publication and names/contact information of three references in a single PDF file to Lew Fulton: lmfulton@ucdavis.edu Please format the file name as {lastname_initials}_EFP_postdoc2019.pdf and include “Postdoc Search” in the subject line of the e-mail.

Energy Futures Program and UC Davis

The Energy Futures Program is a rapidly growing research and policy program in the Institute of Transportation Studies of the University of California, Davis. It grows out of the STEPS program and focuses on medium/long term transportation energy transitions for California, the US and worldwide. The program receives support from a range of government and industry partners, planning agencies and research foundations, and works in close cooperation with the federally-funded National Center for Sustainable Transportation and the other research programs at UC Davis. For additional information on the Energy Futures Program and on ITS Davis, please see EnergyFutures.ucdavis.edu and its.ucdavis.edu.

Assistant Professional Researcher – Travel Behavior and Transportation Modeling Expert

The UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS-Davis) seeks to hire a researcher to study electric adoption in California and nationwide and the policies and investments necessary to ensure that the path to full-fleet electrification is equitable and sustainable.

Applicants must have a graduate degree in engineering, public policy, geography or a related field, or a graduate degree in a transportation-related field, but with expertise linking transportation to other fields of study. At least one of these degrees must be a Ph.D. A record of publications in peer-reviewed transportation journals, and some postdoctoral and mentorship experience is required.

The applicant must possess expertise and experience designing and conducting research; experience developing research protocols, and knowledge and proven experience in qualitative and quantitative data analysis.

The applicant must have strong quantitative analytical skills, experience working with travel demand models, travel behavior data, and transportation network data, and experience integrating spatial and statistical analysis. The applicant must demonstrate proficiency using advanced GIS tools including proprietary and open-source tools, and advanced choice modelling capabilities using R, Python and/or proprietary software such as Nlogit.

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.

Link to apply to the position: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF04522 (will be open February 28, 2022 – June 30, 2022)

***UC Davis is a smoke and tobacco-free campus (http://breathefree.ucdavis.edu/).

We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals’ with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct

Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Certain UC Davis positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check. More information is available at: http://www.uscis.gov/e-verify

The University of California, Davis (UC Davis) is committed to inclusive excellence by advancing equity, diversity and inclusion in all that we do. UC Davis celebrates the multi-cultural diversity of its community by creating a welcoming and inclusive environment demonstrated through a variety of resources and programs available to academics, staff, and students. Diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging are core values of UC Davis that are embedded within our Principles of Community and are tied with how to best serve our student population. Our excellence in research, teaching, and service can best be fully realized by members of our academic community who share our commitment to these values, which are included in our Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Vision, our strategic plan: “To Boldly Go,” our Principles of Community, the Office of Academic Affairs’ Mission Statement, and the UC Board of Regents Policy 4400: Policy on University of California Diversity Statement. UC Davis is making important progress towards our goal of achieving federal designation as a Hispanic-Serving Institution and an Asian American, Native American, and Pacific Islander-Serving Institution. The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion offers a plethora of resources on their website, and the Office of Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (HEDI) has outlined similar goals in their Anti-Racism and DEI Action Plan.” There are a plethora of links available on the About Us webpage where you can learn more about our Administration, Diversity and Inclusion, Rankings, Locations, Native American Land Acknowledgement, Sustainability, Visiting UC Davis, UC Davis Health, and Campus Safety.

The university is consistently ranked among the top institutions in the world for campus sustainability practices by the UI Green Metric World University Rankings. UC Davis is focused on achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions and repeatedly shown its commitment to preserving a healthy and sustainable environment for generations to come.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. For new University of California employees, the applicable deadline is eight weeks after their first date of employment. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.)****

Lecturer appointment for Spring 2022

The UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies seeks to recruit a pool of qualified lecturers to teach graduate-level courses through its Transportation Technology & Policy (TTP) graduate group for Spring 2022.

Transportation Technology and Policy (TTP) is an interdisciplinary Graduate Group administered through the Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS). It offers three degrees: MS Plan I, MS Plan II, and Ph.D. The TTP program provides an opportunity to do interdisciplinary research to address pressing transportation, environmental, economic, policy and social challenges facing California, the United States, and the world with students coming from a variety of disciplines to pursue either a technology or policy track.

Candidates must have an appropriate professional degree, e.g. doctorate degree; demonstrated teaching ability; a record of scholarly achievement in an area of expertise related to the subject area of transportation research and instruction.

Transportation Technology & Policy (TTP) is an Interdisciplinary Graduate Group program offering Master’s and Ph.D. degrees. The TTP graduate curriculum draws on a multitude of academic disciplines and the group utilizes participating faculty and temporary faculty to staff courses to maintain a top-quality academic program.

Criteria for appointment and reappointment will be evidence of teaching excellence (or, for first-time, relatively inexperienced candidates, the potential for excellence) in terms of the ability to present course material effectively, e.g., stimulating interest in and critical thought regarding the subject matter. Expertise in the subject matter will be evaluated based on the candidates’ letter of interest, current curriculum vitae, professional experience, teaching evaluations, training, and other evidence of professional attainment.

Courses open for recruitment, Spring 2022

  1. Course Title: Applied Data Analysis:Course Description: This course aims to provide students with the resources needed to examine, parse, and analyze datasets (with a specific aim for answering research questions).  This data analysis course covers a variety of concepts across disciplines of economics, statistics, and machine learning but with a specific emphasis on application.The concepts in the class include the exploration of data, gathering and cleaning of data.  The course delves into basic data analysis operations, including basics of examining and inspecting data (identifying data types, dealing with missing data and outliers, maintaining data integrity).  We will cover a range of regression analysis including parametric (OLS), semi-parametric (logistic), and non-parametric (GLM, kernel regressions) regressions.  Lastly, the students will apply the learned techniques to real data.  The class will cover a variety of datasets as examples to demonstrate how to use the software tools.
  2. Course Title: Transportation Planning and Policy
    Course Description: The objective of the course is to provide students with an in-depth understanding of transportation policy from the federal to the local level, largely from the US perspective but with some attention to international differences. The first section of the course examines the rationale for government intervention, the demand for transportation, and transportation equity and mobility justice. The second section covers concepts and theories about policy, including different types of policy instruments, responsibilities across different levels and branches of governments, the process of developing, adopting, and implementing policy, and policy evaluation. The final section of the course examines current policies and processes, starting with federal and state policy on vehicles and fuels, then moving to infrastructure policy at the federal, state, regional, and local levels, finishing with discussions of demand management strategies and freight policy.

See http://catalog.ucdavis.edu/programs/TTP/TTPcourses.html for course descriptions.

Qualifications

The UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies seeks to recruit a pool of qualified lecturers to teach a graduate-level courses through its Transportation Technology & Policy (TTP) graduate group during Academic Years 2019-20. These positions are dependent upon instructional needs. Salary and appointment level are commensurate with experience. Actual salary is based on percentage of appointment: One four-unit course = 33% appointment. These positions are covered by a collective bargaining agreement.

Candidates must have an appropriate professional degree, e.g. doctorate degree; demonstrated teaching ability; a record of scholarly achievement in an area of expertise related to the subject area of transportation research and instruction. Transportation Technology & Policy (TTP) is an Interdisciplinary Graduate Group program offering Master’s and Ph.D. degrees. The TTP graduate curriculum draws on a multitude of academic disciplines and the group utilizes participating faculty and temporary faculty to staff courses to maintain a top-quality academic program.

Criteria for appointment and reappointment will be evidence of teaching excellence (or, for first time, relatively inexperienced candidates, the potential for excellence) in terms of the ability to present course material effectively, e.g., stimulating interest in and critical thought regarding the subject matter. Expertise in the subject matter will be evaluated based on the candidates’ letter of interest, current curriculum vitae, professional experience, teaching evaluations, training, and other evidence of professional attainment.