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Postdoctoral Research Associate
California State University, Fresno

Date Posted Jun. 3, 2024
Title Postdoctoral Research Associate
University California State University, Fresno
Fresno, CA, United States
Department Fresno State Transportation Institute
Application Deadline Open Until Filled
Position Start Date ASAP
  • Post-Doc
  • Civil Engineering
    Engineering - Other
    Transportation Engineering

California State University, Fresno Foundation




Full-time, benefited position with the Fresno State Transportation Institute through the California State University, Fresno Foundation. The Fresno State Transportation Institute at California State University, Fresno is an established regionally funded transportation institute that focuses on advanced transportation systems. It is the seed of a unique collaboration between California State University, Fresno and Fresno County Transportation Authority. The Lyles College of Engineering is the largest and oldest publicly supported engineering college in the San Joaquin Valley in Central California. Fresno is the fifth largest city in the state of California.

The Fresno State Transportation Institute at California State University, Fresno seeks applicants for a full time (12 months) Postdoctoral Research Associate position in Transportation Engineering with emphasis in one or more of the following areas: Advanced Transportation Systems (e.g. Automated Transportation Systems, Shared Mobility Systems, etc.), Advanced Transportation Energy Systems (e.g. Electric Vehicles, etc.), Advanced Travel Demand Management Systems (e.g. Smartphone Transportation Apps, Gamification, Data Fusion, etc.), and/or Advanced Transportation Emissions and Air Quality. The successful candidate is expected to possess experience in Modeling, Simulation, and/or Optimization of Advanced Transportation Systems; demonstrate knowledge and passion for advanced transportation systems and transportation sustainability and be a highly motivated and hard-working Postdoctoral Researcher.

The Postdoctoral Research Associate will support Fresno State Transportation Institute’s four focus areas: Education, Research, Public Service and Outreach. The selected candidate will be expected to be self-motivated, possess and demonstrate leadership abilities, and initiate and lead different initiatives at the Institute. The selected candidate will mainly work collaboratively with faculty, staff, and with professionals from public agencies and industry; conduct scholarly and applied research; pursue and work on grants on behalf of the Institute; lead and mentor graduate and undergraduate student researchers; assist in planning and scheduling of Institute events and other activities; develop reports and grant proposals; and conduct outreach activities with K-12 schools and community colleges. Additionally, depending on department needs, the successful candidate will have the opportunity to teach undergraduate and graduate courses for additional compensation.



Typical duties include, but are not limited to:

·         Attend regular project and professional community meetings.

·         Identify, pursuit, and secure external research and applied practice grants.

·         Develop, write, and submit competitive external research and applied practice grant proposals.

·         Work with a team of faculty, students, and professionals in preparing proposals for research and practice project.

·         Work closely with the team on proposals planning and proposal writing.

·         Plan and schedule activities to ensure timely submittal of project deliverables (including technical memos, document research findings, and develop reports and products).

·         Lead, train and interact with undergraduate and graduate students.

·         Collaborate with professionals from the local public and private sectors.

·         Conduct scholarly and applied research.

·         Engage in outreach and service-related activities.

·         Writing reports and preparing manuscripts for refereed journal publication

·         Ordering equipment and supplies

·         Develop collaborative relationships with external research groups as appropriate.

·         Other duties as may be assigned.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


·         An earned doctorate (Ph.D.) in Civil Engineering or a related discipline from an accredited institution (or equivalent) is required. Candidates nearing completion of the doctorate (ABD) may be considered; for continued appointment, the doctorate must be completed by May 2024. Bachelor of Science (BS) in Civil Engineering, Transportation Engineering, or a closely related engineering field is required.

·         Ability to demonstrate a commitment to working effectively with faculty, staff, and students from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds.

·         Must be able to give oral presentations.


·         Experience working with public government agencies (local, regional, state, or federal) and/or private sector.

·         Experience writing and developing grant proposals from external resources.

·         Evidence of leadership abilities.

·         Evidence of scholarly articles and conference presentations.

·         Professional experience as a Civil Engineer (i.e. PE license).



$5,416.67 per month. Benefits include health, dental, vision, and life, vacation, sick leave, and holiday pay


Application review begins December 20, 2023.  Open until filled.  Start date is as soon as possible.

Please visit the Auxiliary Human Resources page at hr/employment-opportunities.html for job announcement and application. Application must be submitted along with a: cover letter specifically addressing required experience and preferred qualifications, a curriculum vitae, a statement of research interests (no more than two pages), and a list of at least three professional references.  Applications may be mailed, emailed, faxed or delivered in person to:

California State University, Fresno

Auxiliary Human Resources

2771 E. Shaw Ave. (there is no suite number)

Fresno, CA  93710                             

Fax: (559) 278-0988


E-mail completed application & resume to:

For inquires, contact Dr. Aly Tawfik, Director, Fresno State Transportation Institute

Phone: (559) 278-6096



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Employment for this position is by the California State University, Fresno Foundation.  This is not a State of California position.


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Contact Information

  • Auxiliary Human Resources
    California State University, Fresno Foundation
    2771 E. Shaw Ave.
    Fresno, CA 93710
  • 559-278-0865
  • 559-278-0988


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