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PhD Positions in Smart Transportation Systems
Washington State University

Date Posted Aug. 14, 2023
Title PhD Positions in Smart Transportation Systems
University Washington State University
Pullman, WA, United States
Department Civil and Environmental Engineering
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Graduate Student
  • Civil Engineering

Multiple PhD positions are available at the Smart Transportation Lab, in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Washington State University. The lab is engaged in both fundamental and applied research towards enabling a smarter, safer, and more equitable transportation system through advanced technologies and system modeling techniques. The lab has partnered with different academic institutions and industry partners and is under two active USDOT tier-1 and regional University Transportation Centers (UTCs). 

The applicant will work with the PI, Dr. Jia Li, on one of the following research topics: 

  - Topic 1: Learning-based collective control of mixed autonomy transportation systems 

  - Topic 2: Multi-agent modeling and equitable design of multimodal transportation systems 

  - Topic 3: Driving risk analysis using heterogeneous sensing data of self-driving vehicles 

The positions are fully supported, covering stipends, tuition, and health insurance. The positions start as soon as Spring 2024 and are available until filled.  

Candidates with a strong motivation and background in transportation and related science and engineering fields (such as applied mathematics, control, computer science, and statistics) are encouraged to apply. Interested candidates can send a brief description of research interests along with CV to Dr. Jia Li ( 

Washington State University: Washington State University (Washington State, WSU, or informally Wazzu) is a public land-grant research university with its flagship, and oldest, campus in Pullman, Washington. Founded in 1890, WSU is also one of the oldest land-grant universities in the American West. With an undergraduate enrollment of 24,278 and a total enrollment of 28,581, it is the second largest institution for higher education in Washington state behind the University of Washington. It is classified among "R1: Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity". 

  • Washington State University (WSU or the University) is an equal opportunity employer committed to providing equal opportunity in education, employment, membership and contracts without regard to race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, religion, age, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, physical, mental or sensory disability, marital status, genetic information, and/or status as a veteran.

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Contact Information

  • Jia Li
    Civil and Environmental Engineering
    Washington State University
    Pullman, WA 99163


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