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Postdoctoral Associate

Virginia Tech
Virginia, United States
Salary Not Specified
Start date
Jul 13, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Professional Fields, Architecture, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Engineering, Other Science & Technology
Employment Type
Full Time
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Job Description

The research groups of Dr. Eric Jacques and Dr. Scott Case in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) at Virginia Tech are hiring a post-doctoral research associate to study the workforce development challenges that the Architecture, Engineering, Construction and Facilities Management (AEC/FM) industry must overcome to adopt Construction 4.0 technologies. The current civil infrastructure ecosystem is highly decentralized and risk-adverse, incentivizing long-term, static, and resource intensive solutions that accelerate climate change and cannot easily adapt to the evolving needs of dynamic social, economic, and natural environments. There is an opportunity to re-invent the built environment from a complete lifecycle perspective, using energy-efficient materials, encouraging efficient behaviors, designing modular and recyclable systems, and economically encouraging infrastructure adaptation rather than new construction. However, realizing this future will require that the AEC/FM industry (re)skill all levels of the workforce to embrace key concepts driving Construction 4.0, including cyber-physical systems, digital data, automation, and full-life cycle connectivity. The successful applicant will lead research funded to understand the extent to which the United States is prepared for the changing nature of the Construction 4.0 workforce in the AEC/FM industry. The successful applicant will be expected to converge new research at the nexus between engineering education and workforce development with the future built environment.
The post-doc will be based in CEE and collaborate with multiple, diverse stakeholders across disciplines, including engineering, engineering education, technology, construction, architecture, and the social, behavioral, and economic sciences. The post-doc job responsibilities will include:
-Performing and publishing research related to workforce development and Construction 4.0
-Assisting with grant preparation
-Organizing a workshop to be held virtually (planning, organizing, executing, curating proceedings, etc.), working in collaboration with a transdisciplinary team across campus
-Teaching one graduate or undergraduate-level course in structural engineering
-Mentoring students
The preferred start date is October 2021 or sooner. Applicants must apply online at A complete application will include a CV, a brief cover letter that includes a statement of interest and what you could contribute to the project, and a list of three references with contact information. Questions should be directed to and Review of applications will begin August 1, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. Applicants must have completed their PhD by the starting date.

Required Qualifications

1) PhD in civil or structural engineering, mechanical engineering, infrastructure systems, construction management, engineering education, or related field awarded no more than four years prior to the effective date of appointment with a minimum of one year eligibility remaining; 2) Experience with development, application, and implementation of innovative methodologies / technologies for the built environment; and 3) Demonstrated potential for scholarly excellence.

Preferred Qualifications

Strong research credentials, organizational and networking skills, experience in collaborative and transdisciplinary research, knowledge and familiarity with engineering education best practices, and grant writing and manuscript preparation.

Appointment Type


Salary Information

Commensurate with experience

Review Date

August 1, 2021

Additional Information

The successful Candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check and is expected to relocate to the Blacksburg, VA area. The successful Candidate must currently reside in the United States.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges , a school of medicine , a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School , and Honors College . The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers . A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Kira Ritter at during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.

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