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Lecturer for Transportation, Technology and Policy, Winter 2021

Direct link: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF03754

Candidates can apply during: 8/31/20-10/31/2020.

 

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 Fall 2020.
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, a current curriculum vitae, professional experience, teaching evaluations, training, and other evidence of professional attainment.

Courses Open for Recruitment, Winter 2021:

Course Title: Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning

Course Description: Walking and bicycling are essential travel modes that provide numerous societal benefits. Students will explore and critique the practice of bike and pedestrian planning and examine current research on walking, bicycling, and emerging forms of micromobility. Students can expect a mix of lectures, discussion, project-based work, and field trips.

Course Title: Energy and Transportation Modeling for Policy Analysis

Course Description: The course will familiarize students with building energy models for policy analysis, with an emphasis on the Transportation sector. Energy systems modeling covers a wide gamut of energy sectors and some of the most important elements (transportation, electricity, fuels, resources, infrastructure) will be reviewed in the course. The primary aim of the course will be on understanding the elements and techniques for modeling transportation energy usage, from vehicle technology to fuel supply and interactions with policy.

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

Lecturer for Transportation, Technology and Policy, Fall 2020

May 2020

Direct link: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF03557

Candidates can apply during: 5/18/20-7/15/2020.

Description:

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, a current curriculum vitae, professional experience, teaching evaluations, training, and other evidence of professional attainment.

 

Courses Open for Recruitment, Fall 2020:

“Transportation Survey Workshop” – The course will cover travel survey and data collection methods commonly used in transportation planning and travel demand modeling, including travel and activity diaries, attitudinal, panel, computer, stated-response surveys. Discussion of sampling, recruitment methods, weighting and representativeness, experimental design and survey design issues, passively-collected (e.g. cell-phone) data and GPS-tracking data collection apps. Analysis methods, including factor, discriminant, cluster and latent class analysis.

Fundamentals of Transportation Technology” – This course will cover the fundamentals of transportation technology: How the technology works and how we evaluate this technology. Topics include Engines and Drive Trains across different transportation modes and segments, Fuels and Fuel Pathways, Emissions and After-treatment technologies, Efficiency and the fundamental forces (f=ma, friction, drag, basic thermodynamics) that affect it, Electricity (AC/DC, sources of generation, charging, how the grid operates), Batteries and other forms of energy storage, Recycling and Waste Management. We will learn methods to evaluate technology, such as well-to-wheels  Life Cycle Analysis, Total Cost of Ownership models, Fleet Turnover Models, Cost/benefit Analysis.  We will review examples of data collection technology such as GPS to collect location data, technologies, who is collecting it, and discuss technologic and ethical issues around it.

This is not an engineering course.  It presents a perspective on technology that is useful for understanding and addressing problems, without the hard math. We aim to understand how the technology works in different contexts, what are the strengths, the limitations, and the challenges of these technologies. What the trade-offs are. This course will prepare the student for a research and/or decision making career in industry, academia, non-profit, or government. This is emphasized through case studies of the interface between policy and science and homework questions and class examples specifically geared toward the understanding of technical vs. political difficulties and the interface between them.

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

Assistant Professional Researcher – Consumer Behavior Economist

April 2020

Position Description

The Plug-in Hybrid & Electric Vehicle (PH&EV) Research Center within the UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS-Davis) is seeking to hire a researcher to study consumer behavior issues related to plug-in electric vehicles, fuel cell vehicles, and charging infrastructure. The researcher will pursue policy-focused research on consumer purchase behaviors, vehicle use patterns, and vehicle charging/refueling issues. The researcher should demonstrate strong quantitative research skills working with discrete choice models and other advanced econometric methods as well as experience with big datasets. Good knowledge of broader economic principles in the field of transportation, urban planning, and environmental economics and its wider policy impacts is required. The applicant should also have experience in publishing research in peered review journals and disseminating research results to policymakers using policy briefs and research reports. The researcher should understand the vehicle technologies being studied and be capable of leading a team of students and researchers to develop research protocols and write grant proposals, analyzing the results for publication in academic journals and policy briefs.

Qualifications:

Applicants must have a graduate degree in economics, transportation planning, engineering, public policy or a related field. At least one of these degrees must be a Ph.D. and one a 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 designing and conducting research; experience developing statistical models to analyze data collected by surveys or other methods. 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. The applicant should have experience disseminating research to policymakers including 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.

Direct Link to apply https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF03485

Applications can be submitted until 6/1/2020

PostDoc – Policy and Travel behavior

February 2019

Position Description

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The Policy Institute for Energy, Environment and the Economy (PIEEE), 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 carsharing, ridehailing and micromobility. In particular, the focus of this research will be on equity and how to identify and resolve barriers to transportation for those with disabilities, and design transportation policies and services that harvest the benefits of new technologies to remove existing barriers and improve mobility “for all”.

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 and how it affects people with disabilities.

The researcher should have strong quantitative skills, research experience and ability to use existing data, including big data sources, and collect new data in various forms including surveys and qualitative interviews. The applicant should have strong communication skills that will be used in disseminating research results to policymakers using policy briefs, webinars, and one-on-one engagement. The researcher will develop 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 present them at academic conferences and professional meetings.

The researcher will be expected to contribute to the group’s communication efforts with professional societies, other educational/research organizations, editorial boards, as well as prepare presentations, review articles, and review of grants and manuscripts. The researcher will also support policy engagement, such as sharing research findings in policy briefs and other forms useful for legislative and regulatory staff.

Applicants must have a Ph.D.in engineering or other quantitative scientific field, public policy, political science, transportation or urban planning or another transportation-related field. A record of publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals is strongly desirable.

The applicant must possess or be able to develop expertise in designing and conducting research, 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 or develop 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 be able to demonstrate 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.

 

Direct Link to apply – https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF03375

Recruitment open 2/3/20-2/29/20

Associate Director of External Relations

Associate Director of External Relations

The Associate Director of External Relations position is a fantastic opportunity for anyone who is passionate about climate change solutions and specifically seeking an entry-level role into higher education fundraising.

This person will spend approximately half their time on stewardship and half on pipeline fundraising activities for the Institute of Transportation Studies and the Energy and Efficiency Institute, two world-leading programs in sustainable energy and transportation. The candidate will draft compelling stewardship reports for the unit’s most important corporate and foundation donors. One of the many exciting fundraising initiatives will be helping to design and grow a new individual giving program.

The candidate works within a team consisting of one development assistant and two frontline fundraisers who manage a large portfolio of industry sponsors, and an increasing number of important environmental foundation funders. You will work in partnership with leading faculty and student innovators in sustainable transportation and energy research, where results move from university to industry practice and public policy in the span of months, not lifetimes. Nearly every day during the academic year you’ll get opportunities to be inspired by seminars happening within the unit or by special guests. These presentations include the groundbreaking activities of the transportation and energy programs as well as innovators from visiting delegations from around the country and world.

Our offices are located in West Village at UC Davis, the nation’s largest planned zero-net energy community. Numerous delegations visit us every year to tour the research facilities. Creative and new ideas are welcome and encouraged. The transportation and energy community is well connected and within it are a group of alumni and friends ready for meaningful engagement. The candidate will enjoy many social opportunities to involve donors and prospects with face-to-face meetings, running the unit’s Give Day event (like the annual Solar Pancake Brunch during Picnic Day), happy hours, and networking events.

Davis is a vibrant university town located 10 miles from Sacramento and 90 minutes from the San Francisco Bay Area. This is a great opportunity to work alongside some of the biggest change makers at UC Davis!

The Associate Director of External Relations will be a part of the UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies, the Energy and Efficiency Institute and Development and Alumni Relations teams. Under general supervision of the Senior Director of Development and in close coordination with the Executive Director of the UC Davis Energy and Efficiency Institute, Faculty Director of the Institute of Transportation Studies, the Associate Director of External Relations will administer the unit’s prospect/moves management, stewardship, and “pipeline” donor programs.

Position responsibilities include:

  • Responsible for donor prospect research, analysis, donor relations and stewardship.
  • Develop and execute plans for the Annual Funds (Friends of ITS and Energy Innovation Fund), event sponsorships and other special fund projects targeted to pipeline donors, upgrading and moving donors through the pipeline.
  • Generate reports and analyze data that pertain to the identification, cultivation and solicitation of existing and prospective major donor prospects to fundraising staff, and recommend strategies and coordinate follow-up on prospects.
  • In close coordination and collaboration with energy affiliate program managers, generate impact/stewardship reports on key donor prospects. An example of these reports includes cataloguing all projects and activities of the associated centers of the EEI California utilities who provide significant funding throughout the EEI organization.
  • Oversee accumulation, preparation, design/production and dissemination of endowment and current use fund impact/narrative reports.
  • Communicate directly with major donors and prospects to provide giving information in various forms.
  • Resolve donor issues, and manage the administrative fund raising functions to meet the strategic goal of increasing engagement with individuals, corporations and foundations.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience and knowledge of sustainable transportation, energy, energy efficiency, utilities providers, state, federal and international energy policy.
  • Experience in development field.
  • Knowledge and understanding of donor relations and fund reporting principles.
  • Experience working in a team environment that deals with confidential financial information.

To learn more about UC Davis or apply for this position:
https://bit.ly/2U9i38w
Requisition number #03024369

The University of California, Davis is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer

Assistant Professional Researcher

Posted July 2019

Position Description

The UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS-Davis) and the BicyclingPlus Research Collaborative seek to hire a researcher to study the policy outcomes and travel behavior impacts of bicycling and other traditional and emerging forms of micromobility. The researcher will develop an effective research program encompassing the adoption, use patterns, and impacts of micromobility modes as well as policies and professional practices related to these alternatives. The research program should consider the role of micromobility modes in the larger transportation system.

The researcher should have both qualitative and quantitative research experience, including but not limited to the development of surveys, experience with interviews, experience with experimental design, and experience managing and analyzing complex and large data. 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, advise graduate and undergraduate students, conduct independent and collaborative research projects, analyze data and synthesize literature, publish in academic journals, and present at academic and professional conferences.

The researcher will be expected to participate in professional societies or other educational/research organizations, editorial boards, etc.; to invited presentations, review articles; review of grants and manuscripts.

https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF03008

ITS-Davis Is Seeking a New Senior Director of Communications

Do you want to play an active role in making transportation more sustainable, equitable, and efficient? The Institute of Transportation Studies at UC Davis (ITS-Davis) seeks a new Senior Director of Communications to raise our profile and increase our impact. In this position you will strategically plan, manage, and disseminate communications and marketing programs for ITS-Davis. This will include overseeing the development and distribution of print and website materials, blogs, videos, social media, conference materials, and more.

Apply here: www.employment.ucdavis.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=82800 

Final date to apply: July 17, 2019

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.

Qualifications

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.

Apply for Position

Link: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF02775

Researcher ITS-Davis and Three Revolutions Future Mobility

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.

Qualifications

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.

How to Apply

To apply: TBA

Post-Doctoral Reseachers, 3 Revolutions Future Mobility Program

January 2019

Position Description

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The 3 Revolutions Future Mobility Program of the University of California, Davis is recruiting up to two talented postdoctoral researchers to support the growth of the program and expand its research activities on future mobility with a number of comprehensive/multidisciplinary efforts. In particular, we are looking for two experts with strong scientific background, good communication skills, and solid experience in one of the following areas:

  1. Big-data analysis, advanced discrete choice modeling and/or other econometrics and machine learning techniques;
  2. Spatial analyses, GIS and/or visualization tools, in particular with applications to environmental and equity analyses.

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 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 recordkeeping. 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. Circella and other researchers in the program at projects related to changes in travel behavior and the impacts of new transportation technologies, and data collection and analysis using revealed preference (RP), stated preference (SP) and passive data (e.g. cell-phone data) on topics such as the adoption of new shared mobility services, vehicle design for automated vehicles, etc. Other duties 2 commensurate with the researcher’s qualifications will also be assigned. There is also expected to be considerable scope for the researchers to conduct independent work, including advanced analyses of other data and preparation of papers for publication in scholarly journals, as well as to be involved in other research activities directed by Dr. Circella and other UC Davis colleagues.

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 inperson informal interviews will be held during the TRB 2019 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: gcircella@ucdavis.edu. Please format the file name as {lastname_initials}_3RFM_postdoc2019.pdf and include “Postdoc Search” in the subject line of the e-mail.

3 Revolutions Future Mobility Program and UC Davis

The 3 Revolutions Future Mobility Program is a rapidly growing research and policy program in the Institute of Transportation Studies of the University of California, Davis. The program was established to provide the rigorous research and impartial policy analysis that are urgently needed to understand the impacts of the three transportation revolutions – shared mobility, electrification and vehicle automation – and guide industry investments and government decision making. The program receives support from 12 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 3 Revolutions Future Mobility Program and on ITS Davis, please see 3rev.ucdavis.edu and its.ucdavis.edu.