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Pre-Doctoral Research Fellow


Professor Peter Zhang is seeking applicants for a full-time Pre-Doctoral Research Fellow position in Pittsburgh, PA, starting in September 2023.

The research fellow will assist with, manage, and develop research projects at the intersection of transportation and supply chain resilience, applied optimization, and equity. Topics include, but are not limited to, understanding and improving mobility in disadvantaged neighborhoods and rural areas in order to support workforce participation and health; designing resilient supply chains such as for food and health.

Professor Zhang’s prior work on supply chain, transportation, and optimization has appeared in journals such as Operations Research, Transportation Research, Journal of Scheduling, Renewable Energy, and INFORMS Journal on Applied Analytics. His work had also been recognized by several awards, including the Daniel Wagner Prize for Excellence in Operations Research, INFORMS Koopman Prize, and INFORM Junior Faculty Paper Competition winner.

The fellow will work closely with Professor Zhang, collaborators at CMU and other institutions, Ph.D. students, and other research assistants. The research will utilize multi-sources datasets including surveys, Census data, and operational data.

Salary will be competitive with other research assistant positions.


Applicants who experience financial hardship, are first generation college students, or who come from an educational, cultural, or geographic background that is under-represented in related doctoral programs and meet the following qualifications are encouraged to apply. Applicants must also have authorization to work in the U.S.

The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:

· Strong interest in pursuing empirical research in public policy, economics, or related fields, ideally with plans to pursue a Ph.D.

· Completed a Bachelors or Masters degree in one of these fields by summer 2023.

· Strong quantitative and computer programming skills, particularly in Stata, Matlab, R, or closely related packages.

· Flexible, self-motivated, able to manage multiple tasks simultaneously, and comfortable in a team environment.

· Strong written and verbal communication skills in English.

Application Instructions

Please prepare a single PDF document named “lastname_firstname.pdf” containing the following materials:

1. A cover letter including

a. Research interests

b. Research experience

c. Programming experience, listing familiarity with particular languages

d. Experience working in a team environment

e. (For non-citizens) The nature of your work authorization

f. Date available to start work in Pittsburgh

2. Current CV

3. Relevant transcripts (unofficial is fine)

4. Names, titles, email addresses, and phone numbers of 2-3 references (will only be contacted if necessary)

5. An original research paper (if available)

Please email this document to Michelle Wirtz ( ) with subject line “Predoc Position”. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, and this posting will be removed when the position is filled.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Carnegie Mellon University shall abide by the requirements of 41 CFR §§ 60-1.4(a), 60-300.5(a) and 60-741.5(a). These regulations prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities, and prohibit discrimination against all individuals based on their race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. Moreover, these regulations require that covered prime contractors and subcontractors take affirmative action to employ and advance in employment individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, protected veteran status or disability.

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