Postdoctoral Researcher, Plug-in Hybrid & Electric Vehicle Research Center


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 postdoctoral researcher to study consumer issues related to plug-in electric vehicles, fuel cell vehicles, and automated vehicles.

The researcher will study consumer perceptions, attitudes, purchase behaviors, vehicle use patterns, and policy related issues. The researcher should have both qualitative and quantitative research experience, in order to develop and conduct surveys and interviews, and analyze the findings for statistical significance. The applicant should also have experience in disseminating research results to policymakers using policy briefs, webinars, and one on one engagement. 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— and analyze the results for publication in academic journals, and in policy briefs.


Applicants must have a graduate degree in science, engineering, public policy or a related field, or a graduate degree in a transportation-related field, but with expertise in both. At least one of these degrees must be a Ph.D. 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 (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.

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, and qualitative software packages (e.g nVivo).

The applicant must also 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, please send your CV and cover letter to Dahlia Garas at