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
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
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
· Completed a Bachelors or Masters degree in one of these fields by
· 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.
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
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 ( email@example.com
subject line “Predoc Position”. Applications will be considered on
a rolling basis, and this posting will be removed when the position
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