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Assistant/Associate/Full Professor - Rail Transportation (Transportation Policy and/or Economics; or Multimodal Systems Analysis)

Please see Special Instructions for more details.

Review of applicants will begin on September 30, 2012 and will continue until the position is filled. Full consideration will be given to applications received by November 30, 2012. Details on the SFHI are available at www.mtu.edu/sfhi .
Please attach the following documents to your application:
1. Cover letter that includes: a) A description of the applicant’s ability to collaborate with current transportation-related research and education efforts at Michigan Tech, espectially those affiliated with the Rail Transportation Program (Potential collaborators at Michigan Tech should be identified); b) The applicant’s experience with issues of diversity, or working in a multicultural environment; c) Current/expected academic rank; d) Potential home department at Michigan Tech.
2. Curriculum vitae
3. Teaching Statement (interests and philosophy; 2-page limit)
4. Research Statement (experience, interests, goals; 2-page limit)
5. Professional Statement (demonstrated evidence of leadership, collaborative efforts in multi-disciplinary teams, and ability to communicate and work effectively with external partners, sponsors and other agencies; 1-page limit)
6. Contact information for three references (enter into online form when prompted).

Posting Details

Position Information

Position Title Assistant/Associate/Full Professor - Rail Transportation (Transportation Policy and/or Economics; or Multimodal Systems Analysis)
Department Provost and VP for Academic Affairs
Location Main Campus (Houghton, MI)
Position Type Faculty
Full-time/ Part-time Full-time
Full-Time Equivalent (1.0=100%) 1.0
Appointment Term 9 Month
Pay Type Salary Basis
Title of Position Supervisor Department Chair or School Dean

Position Summary Information

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.

Job Description Summary

Michigan Technological University (Michigan Tech) is conducting a university-wide, Strategic Faculty Hiring Initiative (SFHI) in Transportation. We invite applications for a tenure-track, faculty position in Transportation Policy and/or Economics; or Multimodal Systems Analysis (both with an emphasis in Rail Transportation). The SFHI positions are open in rank. In the first year of the SFHI in Transportation, we hired three tenure-track faculty. We intend to recruit two additional SFHI Transportation faculty in 2012-13.

The development, management and maintenance of a vibrant transportation system that allows for the safe, effective and environmentally benign movement of people and goods are crucial to a successful economy. To be sustainable, future transportation systems will need to be multimodal, and require cutting-edge research and skilled professionals to guide development and implementation. The SFHI in Transportation is designed to address these needs and the goals of the USDOT strategic plan for 2010-2015 (USDOT, 2010).

New faculty may be affiliated with any existing department at Michigan Tech; joint appointments will also be considered.

Transportation Policy and Economics – Applicants are sought with strong capabilities and technical expertise for innovative research in economics, administration, planning and policy analysis for multimodal transportation systems to address the challenges faced by Federal, state, regional, and local governments and the transportation industry. The ideal candidate would have interests and experience in rail transportation applications, but candidates who do not have this experience should demonstrate how they might apply their expertise to rail transportation. Industry or international experience is desired.

Multimodal Systems Analysis – Applicants are sought with strong capabilities and technical expertise related to systems analysis and modeling of multimodal transportation systems. Systems analysis techniques (e.g., network optimization, equilibrium modeling, agent-based modeling, and stochastic simulation) provide the ability to predict traveler or freight movement behavior, evaluate potential benefits of modal shifts, and improve understanding of life cycle impacts. The ideal candidate would have interests and experience in different types of passenger rail, freight rail, or multimodal / intermodal transportation applications. Candidates who do not have this experience should demonstrate the applicability of their expertise to the rail transportation area. Industry or international experience is desired.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities (other duties may be assigned)

1. Contribute to the teaching mission at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
2. Integrate current research with existing strengths in transportation at Michigan Tech, especially the Rail Transportation Program. Inspire and lead interdisciplinary collaboration amongst faculty with common interests in transportation, establish a nationally recognized research program, attract external funding, and extend their profile as a world-class scholar.
3. Advise graduate student research at the MS and PhD level and involve undergraduates in research.
4. Participation in department and university committees.

Required Education (minimum requirements)
Required Experience (minimum requirements)

A PhD in a field related to transportation policy and/or economics; or multimodal systems analysis.

Candidates must demonstrate prior success in obtaining, or evidence of potential to secure, external funding; demonstrated leadership skills; and a commitment to excellence in undergraduate and graduate education.

Desirable Education and/or Experience

Post-doctoral experience.
Experience in rail transportation is preferred.
Senior level candidates with exceptional records will also be considered.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities (minimum requirements)
Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities
Work Environment and/or Physical Demands
Required Training and Other Conditions of Employment

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number 12316
Posting Type Internal & External Posting
Internal Posting Date 09/11/2012
External Posting Date 09/11/2012
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants (if applicable)

Review of applicants will begin on September 30, 2012 and will continue until the position is filled. Full consideration will be given to applications received by November 30, 2012. Details on the SFHI are available at www.mtu.edu/sfhi .

Please attach the following documents to your application:

1. Cover letter that includes:
a) A description of the applicant’s ability to collaborate with current transportation-related research and education efforts at Michigan Tech, espectially those affiliated with the Rail Transportation Program (Potential collaborators at Michigan Tech should be identified);
b) The applicant’s experience with issues of diversity, or working in a multicultural environment;
c) Current/expected academic rank;
d) Potential home department at Michigan Tech.

2. Curriculum vitae

3. Teaching Statement (interests and philosophy; 2-page limit)

4. Research Statement (experience, interests, goals; 2-page limit)

5. Professional Statement (demonstrated evidence of leadership, collaborative efforts in multi-disciplinary teams, and ability to communicate and work effectively with external partners, sponsors and other agencies; 1-page limit)

6. Contact information for three references (enter into online form when prompted).

Additional Information

Michigan Tech is an internationally renowned doctoral research university located in Houghton, MI in Michigan’s scenic Upper Peninsula, on the south shore of Lake Superior. The area provides a unique setting where natural beauty, culture, education, and a diversity of residents from around the world come together to share a superb living and learning experience.

Michigan Tech is an ADVANCE institution, one of a select group of universities in receipt of NSF funds in support of our commitment to increase diversity and the participation and advancement of women in STEM.

Michigan Tech also has a Dual Career Program which assists departments with partner orientation to the university and community and identification of possible positions for partners.

Michigan Technological University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer/educational institution. Applications from women and minorities are encouraged.

Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have a Ph.D. in a field related to transportation policy and/or economics; or multimodal systems analysis?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Have you demonstrated prior success in obtaining, or evidence of potential to secure, external funding; and a commitment to excellence in undergraduate and graduate education?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Which area of Rail Transportation best fits your research interests and experience?
    • Transportation Policy and/or Economics
    • Multimodal Systems Analysis

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Research Statement / Interests
  4. Teaching Statement / Philosophy
  5. Professional Statement
Optional Documents
  1. Optional Document 1
  2. Optional Document 2