The METRANS Transportation Center is seeking candidates for a one year, full-time postdoctoral research position. The position includes conducting research on transportation systems and performance with multi-disciplinary teams. One project develops planning and monitoring applications using archived real-time data from the Los Angeles region. A second project focuses on optimizing freight flows across time, routes and modes. The position may also include teaching one course in transportation planning or analytical methods.
Candidates should have the following qualifications: 1) PhD in transportation planning or a closely related field completed within the past two years; 2) experience in constructing, processing, cleaning, and analyzing large datasets; 3) experience with database management (e.g. Oracle) and SQL programming; 4) expertise in ArcGIS, including mapping as well as geostatistical and network analysis; 5) expertise in econometrics and statistical analysis using standard software such as Stata, R or SAS.
In addition, the preferred candidate would have prior experience of working in multidisciplinary (e.g. social scientists, engineers, and computer scientists) projects involving big data management and application. The preferred candidate would also be willing to manage grant-funded projects and write new grant proposals, and provide technical assistance to various regional government planning agencies. Familiarity with multiple computer programming languages is a plus.
About the METRANS Transportation Center:
The METRANS Transportation Center was established in 1998 through the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21) as the first University Transportation Center in Southern California. METRANS is a joint partnership of the University of Southern California (USC) and California State University Long Beach (CSULB).
The mission of the METRANS Transportation Center is to solve transportation problems of large metropolitan regions through interdisciplinary research, education and outreach. METRANS has three primary objectives: 1) Foster independent, high quality research to solve the nation’s transportation problems; 2) Train the next generation transportation workforce; and 3) Disseminate information, best practices, and technology to the professional community. We accomplish these objectives through a comprehensive and collaborative program of research, education, information dissemination and technology transfer organized around four topical focus areas:
Integrated management of freight and passenger systems
Sustainable and efficient urban freight transportation
Mobility of urban populations
About the Sol Price School of Public Policy:
The mission of the Price School is to improve the quality of life for people and their communities, here and abroad. We achieve this mission through education and research that promote innovative solutions to the most critical issues facing society, with a particular focus on governance, urban development, and social policy. The Price School offers Ph.D. programs in Public Policy and Management, and Urban Planning and Development; masters' degrees in Public Administration, Public Policy, Urban Planning, Health Administration, and Real Estate Development; executive masters' degrees; and an interdisciplinary undergraduate degree.
The University of Southern California's postdoctoral scholar benefits package is designed to closely match the benefits offered to faculty and staff and includes health, dental, vision, life, accidental death and dismemberment, short-term and long-term disability insurance plans, credit union membership; and participation in cultural and social events, as well as access to athletic and recreational facilities.
The University of Southern California (USC), founded in 1880, is located in the heart of downtown L.A. and is the largest private employer in the City of Los Angeles. As an employee of USC, you will be a part of a world-class research university and a member of the "Trojan Family," which is comprised of the faculty, students and staff that make the university what it is.
USC is an equal opportunity affirmative action employer that actively seeks diversity in its workplace.
Ph.D. or equivalent doctorate within previous five years
Minimum Field of Expertise:
Directly related education in research specialization with advanced knowledge of equipment, procedures and analysis methods.
When the University of Southern California opened its doors to 53 students in 1880, Los Angeles still lacked paved streets and electric lights. Today, the University of Southern California is one of the world?s leading private research universities and operates an integrated academic medical center that serves more than a million patients each year. An anchor institution in Los Angeles, a global ...center for arts, technology and international trade, USC enrolls more international students than any other U.S. university and offers extensive opportunities for internships and study abroad. With a strong tradition of integrating liberal and professional education, USC fosters a vibrant culture of public service and encourages students to cross academic as well as geographic boundaries in their pursuit of knowledge.