Job ID: 148041

Post-Doctoral Research Associate in Transportation Engineering at Western Kentucky University

Western Kentucky University

  • Oct. 23, 2020
  • Post-Doctoral Research Associate in Transportation Engineering at Western Kentucky University
  • School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
  • Western Kentucky University
    Bowling Green, KY
  • Preferably by December 1, 2020 (open until filled)
  • Available immediately (preferably around mid-January 2021)
  • Post-Doc
  • Transportation Engineering
    Civil Engineering
    Engineering - Other

An immediate post-doc research associate is 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 working on an existing grant sponsored by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) on evaluating the safety of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in the state of Kentucky, writing scholarly papers for submission to prestigious peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings, assisting in writing proposals for external grants, guiding undergraduate/graduate students in their research, and proposing ideas for an existing driving simulator.

The recruited individual will work directly under the supervision of Dr. Kirolos Haleem. The full-time researcher candidate 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. The intended start date is as soon as possible. This a one year temporary full-time position. Continuation is dependent upon funding/need.

The ideal candidate should acquire a Ph.D. degree in civil (transportation) engineering and an M.S. degree in civil engineering (preferably with a transportation engineering focus). Individuals with an M.S. degree in civil (transportation) engineering, relevant experience/publications in transportation safety, and strong passion for conducting transportation engineering research are also encouraged to apply.

Interested applicants can apply on this link (;jsessionid=7407AE0C4A…) by December 1, 2020 and submit the following application materials:

1. Brief statement of interest (no more than one page).
2. Most updated CV with the full list of publications and projects.
3. List of three references.

Candidates will receive email confirmation that their submission has been received. The candidate review process will generally begin as soon as materials are received. The expected hire date is on or about January 15, 2021.

About Western Kentucky University:
Founded in 1906, Western Kentucky University (WKU) is located in Bowling Green, Kentucky, an ethnically and racially diverse city of just over 68,000 people, situated approximately 65 miles north of Nashville, TN, and just over 100 miles south of Louisville, KY. More than 50 different languages are spoken in and around Bowling Green and people from 35 nationalities call the area home. Core to our mission, WKU strives to foster a sense of community where people of all backgrounds, identities and perspectives feel welcomed and enriched, and is committed to employing a diverse and inclusive workforce. We seek to attract research- and teaching-active faculty, as well as staff members, from academically and culturally diverse backgrounds.

The university’s population of approximately 18,000 students includes 33% first generation university/college, 16% underrepresented minority and 2% international students. A regional comprehensive university, WKU is student-centered and focuses on applied research that expands knowledge; improves learning; and serves the region, state and nation.

We proudly offer a comprehensive benefits package to employees and their family, including domestic partners and other qualified dependents. In addition, we offer generous vacation, medical and holiday paid-time-off and an outstanding tuition discount program for employees and dependents.

  • 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. Deborah Wilkins, who can be contacted via email at or by phone at (270) 745-5396. Additional information regarding Title IX is accessible via WKU’‘s website.

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Contact Information

  • Dr. Kirolos Haleem
    School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
    Western Kentucky University
    1906 College Heights Blvd, EBS 2122
    Bowling Green, KY 42101

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