Assistant Research Professor of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science

University of Oklahoma

Norman, OK

ID: 7208666 (Ref.No. if131091)
Posted: January 18, 2024

Job Description

The Southern Plains Transportation Center (SPTC) at the University of Oklahoma (OU) Gallogly College of Engineering (GCoE) is seeking candidates for a full-time faculty position in the rank of research assistant professor (RAP), with a starting date as early as March 1, 2024. The successful candidate will assist with the managing and meeting the deliverables of the SPTC – a Regional University Transportation Center (UTC), funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT). The RAP will also assist the Oklahoma Transportation Library (OTL), which is funded by the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT), and teach some transportation courses to support OU’s growing online graduate program in transportation. The RAP will be housed in Civil Engineering and Environmental Science (CEES) and work closely with the multidisciplinary team at OU and partner institutions involved in SPTC’s research, education, workforce development, outreach, and tech transfer as well as diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) activities. The successful candidate will be passionate about contributing to the growing research programs in advanced pavement infrastructure materials and systems, infrastructure condition assessment and ranking, sustainability, laboratory and field testing, modeling, life cycle cost, pavement design, data-driven maintenance and rehabilitation, and climate resiliency. The successful candidate will have a track record of working with the state Department of Transportation (DOT) and the private sector and a record of attracting externally funded research as well as mentoring students. The yearly (12 months) salary range for this position is $65,000 - $75,000.


  • Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering or a related discipline at the start of the appointment
  • Applicants must have expertise and experience in infrastructure materials, infrastructure systems, infrastructure condition assessment, laboratory and field testing, modeling, or another transportation related area
  • Applicants must have a record of publication
  • Applicants must have a demonstrated ability to work as part of a research team
  • Applicants must have excellent written and verbal communication skills

 Preferred (Not Required):

  • Experience in working with a UTC consortium
  • Clear understanding of the reporting requirements of the University Transportation Center (UTC)
  • program and the associated deadlines
  • Record of teaching transportation courses
  • Record of external research funding

Please submit a cover letter detailing interest in the position, curriculum vitae, statement of research interests, and names and contact information for three academic references as a single pdf. The application should be uploaded to the following website:

The search committee will begin reviewing applications on February 1, 2024, and will continue until the position is filled. Inquiries should be directed to the search committee chair:

Dr. Musharraf Zaman
Professor of Civil Engineering and Professor of Petroleum Engineering
Director, Southern Plains Transportation Center
202 W. Boyd Street, Rm. 334, Norman, Oklahoma 73019
E-Mail: [email protected]

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