Research Faculty

Ann Arbor, Michigan
Dec 18, 2023
Feb 16, 2024
Position Type
Educator / Faculty
Full Time
Organization Type

The University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI)

is hiring Research Faculty

For additional information regarding the positions and how to apply, follow the link below:

Job Summary

We are inviting applicants to apply for a full-time, non-tenure research faculty position in the Research Professor or Research Scientist tracks at the ranks of Assistant, Associate or Full. The research track and rank of the selected candidate will depend upon the candidate's qualifications.   We are especially interested in individuals who can contribute to the excellence and diversity of our research efforts.  Individuals being considered for senior level faculty positions must be able to demonstrate leadership skills.  The intended start date for this position will be in the Fall of 2024 and would require the individual to live in or relocate to Southeastern Michigan. 

UMTRI is offering a substantial commitment for the first three years in the position. This includes 50% flexible salary support for three years and guaranteed 50% project-funded support in the first year.  Project-funded support after the first year will be obtained in collaboration with UMTRI faculty.

What You Will Do

As an UMTRI faculty member, you will have the opportunity to focus on research and will work collaboratively with other faculty, research staff, and student researchers to study issues related to transportation safety and mobility.  We offer an interdisciplinary environment that includes engineers, psychologists, behavioral scientists, and statisticians working on projects funded by government and industry sponsors. Most faculty work primarily with one research group but collaborate across groups as projects demand.  The research groups at UMTRI inviting applicants to apply include:

Behavioral Sciences Group (BSG): BSG works to enhance safe mobility for all ages by deepening our understanding of the social and behavioral issues important to transportation.

Biosciences:  The Biosciences Group conducts research on the biomechanics of motor vehicle occupants as it relates to occupant injuries, crash protection, and occupant accommodation. 

The Center for the Management of Information for Safe and Sustainable Transportation (CMISST) Group:  CMISST gathers, combines, and analyzes all types of transportation datasets to answer pressing questions in transportation safety and sustainability. 

Engineering Systems Group (ESG):  The Engineering Systems Group (ESG) are research leaders in the areas of connected and automated vehicles, driver assistance systems, traffic control and modeling, cybersecurity of vehicles and infrastructure, vehicle-road interaction, road roughness profiling, and heavy vehicle suspensions and dynamics.

Human Factors:  The Human Factors Group studies the interactions of the driver, the vehicle, and the environment. They develop models of driver capabilities related to vision, perception, decision making, and psychomotor performance incorporating the effects of factors such as age, sex, fatigue, and alcohol. The group then uses knowledge of these capabilities to develop guidelines for well-designed vehicle components and driving environments.

To learn more about the research groups at UMTRI, visit our website.


Daily activities include conducting research, performing experiments, analyzing data, and coordinating activities with other faculty, research staff, and students.  Ongoing activities include writing reports and journal articles, presenting at conferences, and writing proposals to secure additional funding.  Student engagement is highly encouraged and could involve supervision of paid student research assistants, participating as mentors in formal UM student research programs (UROP, SURE, MDP), classroom teaching, or service on graduate committees.  UMTRI recently initiated a program where faculty can supplement their salary by offering students experiential learning opportunities, as well as accrue additional backstop funding.  Many faculty actively participate in professional organizations.  All faculty members are asked to serve on UMTRI administrative committees.

Required Qualifications

Successful applicants must hold a Ph.D. in engineering, computer science, mathematics, statistics, psychology, or another field related to transportation or mobility. Candidates expecting a suitable degree within the next six months may also apply.

  • Candidates at the Assistant level should have a record of scholarly research that demonstrates potential for success in the field.
  • Candidates at the Associate level should have an established record of scholarly achievement and research funding.
  • Candidates at the Full level should have an international reputation for scholarly achievement and an established record of research funding. Scholarly research includes a record of publication in peer-reviewed journals, as well as presentations at relevant academic and professional meetings.

Note:  Candidates must be eligible to work in the United States.

Desired Qualifications

  • At the Assistant level, demonstrated potential to develop successful proposals for research funding, from both government and industry sponsors.
  • Interest in providing hands-on experiential learning opportunities for students.
  • Research experience in an area of relevance to UMTRI’s mission. Prior research at UMTRI has addressed, among other areas: driver behavior and performance, crash data analysis, occupant protection, automated vehicle technologies, driver trust/acceptance of assistance technology, human body modeling, traffic modeling, connected vehicles, transportation policy and legislation, and occupant ergonomics (see We also welcome expertise in other mobility topics with research growth potential.
  • A record of both independent and collaborative research based on extramural funding that has produced scholarly publications.
  • Eligible to work on federally funded projects that may be subject to export control restrictions.

Who We Are

The University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) is recognized internationally for our multidisciplinary research focusing on transportation safety and mobility ( Established in 1965, we maintain the highest standards of excellence as we conduct research that improves peoples’ lives through access to safe, equitable and efficient mobility.  UMTRI is a non-degree-granting unit within the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan that includes 19 faculty members, 51 research staff and nearly over 300 students each year engaged in research and other experiential learning opportunities.  Lecturer opportunities may be available for those who are interested, and several UMTRI faculty currently serve as lecturers in the College of Engineering. UMTRI generates between $14M and $18M in research expenditures each year with funding from a wide range of government agencies and industry partners.

From research to the roadways around the world, experts at UMTRI are committed to addressing the most complex issues surrounding our current transportation and mobility system.  To get a glimpse of UMTRI at work as a leader in providing safe, equitable and efficient transportation research innovation, follow the link below:

Michigan Engineers are world-class educators, researchers, students and staff who strive to build a people-first future. As part of the nation’s number one public research institution, Michigan Engineering's mission is to provide scientific and technological leadership to the people of the world, develop intellectually curious and socially conscious minds, create collaborative solutions to societal problems, and promote an inclusive and innovative community of service for the common good.

Our vision, mission and values are supported by a people-first engineering framework that guides our work. As Michigan Engineers, we strive to apply excellent engineering fundamentals, integrated expertise and equity-centered values to reimagine what engineering can be, close critical gaps, and elevate all people. Information about our vision, mission and values can be found at:

The University of Michigan has a storied legacy of commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI). Michigan Engineering models that commitment in our research, culture and collaborations. We seek to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of that commitment. Learn more about DEI at Michigan Engineering:

Underfill Statement

This position is posted as Research Scientist (Assistant, Associate, or Full) or Research Professor (Associate or Full). The research track and rank of the selected candidate will depend upon the candidate's qualifications.

Background Check Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third-party administrator to conduct background checks.  Background checks are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Why Work at Michigan?

In addition to a career filled with purpose and opportunity, The University of Michigan offers a comprehensive benefits package to help you stay well, protect yourself and your family and plan for a secure future. Benefits include:

  • Generous time off
  • A retirement plan that provides two-for-one matching contributions with immediate vesting
  • Many choices for comprehensive health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Long-term disability coverage
  • Flexible spending accounts for healthcare and dependent care expenses
  • Maternity and Parental Leave

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled any time after the minimum posting period has ended.


Additional Information

Located in southeast Michigan, Ann Arbor is a vibrant university town, technology and innovation hotspot, and culinary center with an active downtown scene. Frequently voted the best place to live in Michigan, Ann Arbor blends the charm of the U.S. Midwest with multicultural influences from around the globe.  Ann Arbor is approximately a 45-minute drive from Detroit, a 4-hour drive from Chicago, and is in close proximity to the North American Great Lakes, which are beautiful and popular spring, summer, and fall destinations for locals.

The University of Michigan is responsive to the needs of dual-career families. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all members of our community. We are a non-discriminatory, affirmative-action employer.