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Assistant Research Professor - NECEPT

The Penn State University Northeast Center of Excellence for Pavement Technology (NECEPT), a center within the Thomas D. Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute in the College of Engineering, invites applications for an Assistant Research Professor position with emphasis in asphalt pavement materials and design. NECEPT conducts pavement materials research, as well as the technician certification programs and related training courses for Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, in the areas of asphalt and concrete pavements as well as aggregates.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Supervising research conducted by graduate students and providing mentorship.

  • Performing data analysis.

  • Writing technical reports to research project sponsors.

  • Developing novel and innovative research papers.

  • Developing collaborative research with Penn State faculty.

  • Writing research grant proposals for external funding.

  • Assisting with outreach and training courses.

The Assistant Research Professor should possess a terminal degree or its equivalent in an academic field related to their research. A PhD or equivalent in Civil Engineering is preferred. Alternatively, the Assistant Research Professor without a terminal degree should possess at least a master's degree or its equivalent in an academic field related to their teaching specialization; must have demonstrated ability as a researcher; and must have shown evidence of professional growth and scholarship in their discipline.

The successful candidate will have at least three years of research experience with a focus on asphalt pavement materials and design. In addition, the Assistant Research Professor must have demonstrated advanced knowledge and experience with performance testing, sustainability, and recycling through well-established journal publications, as well as have a strong knowledge of asphalt mixtures, asphalt binders, characterization techniques, accelerated pavement testing, and general testing of pavement materials. The successful candidate will be a registered professional engineer in PA or will be able to obtain the required license within two years from the start date. Excellent verbal and written communication skills are required. Experience with writing grant proposals, experience with the pavement mechanistic empirical design software, and experience teaching courses are highly desired.

This is a term appointment for 1 year, with a possibility of renewal depending on availability of funds.

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