Post-Doctoral Research Associate(s) in Transportation Engineering

Bowling Green, Kentucky
Salary is commensurate with experience
Apr 01, 2022
May 31, 2022
Organization Type

One to two exciting post-doctoral research associate positions are available for individuals interested to pursue scholarly research in transportation engineering at Western Kentucky University (WKU), particularly in transportation safety (crash analysis). The position is secured for one year, with the possibility of extension pending satisfactory performance and funding availability. The duties include the following:

  • Work on two grants sponsored by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC or the Kentucky DOT). The first active grant involves the application of various artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques for analyzing the impact of weather information on traffic safety in Kentucky. The second upcoming grant aims at analyzing distracted driving crashes in Kentucky.
  • Write scholarly papers for submission to prestigious peer-reviewed journals and quality conference proceedings (e.g., TRB, ASCE: ICTD, etc.).
  • Assist in writing proposals for external grants.
  • Guide undergraduate/graduate students in their research.
  • Propose research ideas for the driving simulator at the Transportation Safety & Crash Avoidance Research (TSCAR) Lab at WKU.
  • Collaborate with the multidisciplinary Center for Energy Systems (CES) at WKU, led by Dr. Farhad Ashrafzadeh, in investigating the safety of recent connected and autonomous vehicle (CAV) technologies.

The recruited individual(s) will work directly under the supervision of Dr. Kirolos Haleem. The full-time post-doctoral researcher candidate(s) will support the growth of the newly-established "Transportation Safety & Crash Avoidance Research (TSCAR) Laboratory" at WKU and will work with a team of researchers, including Dr. Haleem, another post-doctoral researcher, and multiple undergraduate students. Consideration of applications will begin immediately and the search will remain open until the position is filled (preferably around May 2022). The intended start date is as soon as possible. This is a one-year full-time position. Continuation is contingent upon the availability of funding. Note that salary is commensurate with experience.


The post-doctoral research associate candidate should acquire at a minimum a Ph.D. degree in civil (transportation) engineering, preferably in transportation safety research. Interested applicants should apply via this link ( by April 15, 2022 and submit the following:

  • Cover letter.
  • Resume.
  • Names and contact information for three references.

You will receive email confirmation that your submission has been received. The candidate review process will generally begin as materials are received. The expected hire date is on or about May 15, 2022.

About Western Kentucky University:

Western Kentucky University (WKU) is a student-centered, applied-research institution committed to providing its students with a transformative academic and social experience and to elevating its surrounding communities. Founded in 1906, WKU is the second largest undergraduate institution in the Commonwealth of Kentucky with approximately 15,567 students (29% first generation, 17% underrepresented minority) and just over 2,600 faculty and staff employees.

Western Kentucky University is committed to empowering its campus community to embrace diversity by building equitable and inclusive learning, working, and living environments. At the heart of our mission, we seek to provide holistic education and employment experiences that prepare students, faculty, and staff to become effective scholars, contributors, and leaders in our diverse and evolving communities.

Located 65 miles north of Nashville, TN, and just over 100 miles south of Louisville, KY, WKU's main campus is in Bowling Green, KY - a city with approximately 70,000 residents. Our population is ethnically diverse, with more than 85 languages spoken in and around Bowling Green, and people from 35 nationalities call our community home.

Western Kentucky University seeks to attract talented faculty and staff who are inspired individually to contribute to WKU's strategic plans and ongoing success. We offer comprehensive wellness and health benefits to employees and their families, including domestic partners and other qualified dependents and take pride in providing a workplace culture that supports balancing the responsibilities of work and family life. Paid-time off for holidays, vacation and sick leave, and a tuition discount program for employees and dependents are also provided. Learn more about WKU and Bowling Green at

Kentucky state law requires all public institutions of postsecondary education to conduct pre-employment criminal background checks to determine suitability for employment.

Western Kentucky University (WKU) is committed to a policy and practice of providing equal employment and educational opportunities to all individuals. In accordance with Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Revised 1992, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, no form of discrimination or harassment will be tolerated at WKU on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, creed, religion, political belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, marital status, age, uniformed services, veteran status, genetic information, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, or physical or mental disability in admission to career and technical education programs and/or activities, or employment practices.

Persons with disabilities, who need reasonable accommodations to participate in the application and/or selection process, should notify the office of Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action/University ADA Services (EEO). To request an accommodation, report/express a complaint, or ask questions regarding WKU''s Discrimination and Harassment Policy (#0.2040), please contact Mr. Joshua Hayes, EEO Director/Title IX Investigator/University ADA Coordinator, via email at or by phone at (270) 745-5121.

The University is also required to investigate complaints of sex and gender-based harassment, also a form of discrimination, and has designated the Title IX Coordinator as the individual responsible for coordinating the investigation and response to such complaints. The Title IX Coordinator for the University is Ms. Andrea Anderson, who can be contacted via email at or by phone at (270) 745-5398. Additional information regarding Title IX is accessible via WKU''s website.

Information concerning educational programs offered by WKU are provided at:

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