Open Rank, Director of Transportation
Technology Research Initiative
The University of North Dakota (UND), College of
Engineering and Mines is searching to hire a founding Director for
the Transportation Technology Research Initiative (TTRI) with the
experience, expertise, and leadership skills to achieve the mission
and vision of TTRI. https://engineering.und.edu/research/ttri/index.html
This is a 12-month special appointment position.
This position will be primarily on campus (not remote).
The successful candidate will be appointed to an
Open Rank position in the academic department most appropriate to
their area of expertise, which is expected to be the Department of
Civil Engineering. Special consideration will be given to
candidates with experience working for/with a department of
transportation(s) or a major government contractor, a track record
of successful proposal writing, successful project management,
leadership, and a background in structural design, construction,
and maintenance of infrastructure. Preference will be given to
those with experience in data analytics, autonomous systems, and
intelligent transportation. The director will manage TTRI’s staff,
students, and collaborators.
The appointment is expected to begin on July 1
or August 16, 2022. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications
Benefits include single or family health care coverage (UND pays
the full premium), $12,000 in basic life insurance, an employee
assistance program, retirement plans with generous employer
contributions, and 10 paid holidays.
Optional benefits include supplemental life, dental, vision,
flexible spending account, and supplemental retirement plans.
UND also offers an employee tuition waiver and a variety of
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Duties & Responsibilities
The successful applicant must have a demonstrated dedication to
excellence in engineering education, research, and leadership. The
successful applicant will have the following primary
responsibilities and duties:
- Leading TTRI staff, students, affiliate faculty, and
- Establishing long-term research partnerships between TTRI and
federal, state, and private agencies.
- Teaching a 1/1 course load in their discipline, both on-campus
and at-a-distance. The initial appointment may include a
reduced teaching load to focus on leading TTRI and research.
- Communicating effectively in English with the stakeholders,
including TTRI staff, faculty, students, NDDOT personnel, and other
professional colleagues in person and at-a-distance (phone, email,
- Utilizing computer hardware and software to carry out
leadership, research, teaching, and service responsibilities of
- Overseeing the operation of laboratory equipment.
- Participating in the department, college/university,
professional, and community service activities.
- Conducting engineering scholarly activities including grant
preparation and submission, mentoring of graduate student
researchers, publication of results, and development of an
externally funded research program leveraging the resources of
- Meet with the NDDOT monthly or as needed to discuss the status
of projects the TTRI is involved in.
- Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal skills.
- Broad knowledge to develop and manage intelligent, resilient,
and sustainable infrastructure safely and cost-effectively.
- Proven ability to operate as a leader who works effectively
with superiors, peers, and subordinates and has strong
- MS degree in civil engineering or other relevant fields
- At least 10 years’ experience conducting or managing research
in structural design, construction, transportation or
- Successful completion of criminal history records check.
In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be
required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the US and
to complete the required employment eligibility verification form
Minimum Hiring Salary
- Ph.D. degree in civil engineering or other relevant fields
- Experience in data analytics, unmanned systems, and intelligent
- Experience working for/with a department of transportation(s),
a track record of successful proposal writing, and/or a track
record of leadership
- Teaching experience in an engineering discipline
- Professional Engineers licensure or an ability to get licensure
in three years
- Experience or demonstrated ability working with diverse
Commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Contract Period/Start Date
Twelve-month appointment to commence July 1 or August 16,
For full consideration, applications must be received by June
14, and include the following materials:
- Professional Resume or CV
- Two-page statement describing their vision for TTRI
- Two-page statement of research interests
- Two-page statement of teaching interests
- Names and contact information of three (3) references
Questions may be directed to the search chair at email@example.com.
All applications are taken online only at UND.edu job
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All information listed in this position announcement will be
used by Human Resources, the Hiring Department, and EO/Title IX for
screening, interviewing and selection purposes.
Confidentiality of Application Materials
Pursuant to NDCC 44-04-18.27, applications and any records
related to the applications that identify an applicant are
confidential, except records related to the finalists of the
position, which are open to the public after the search committee
has identified the top three finalists who will be invited to
The University of North Dakota is an Affirmative Action/Equal
Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive
consideration for employment without regard to race, color,
religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national
origin, disability or other protected characteristic. Women,
minorities, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of
other underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.
Applicants are invited to provide information regarding their
gender, race and/or ethnicity, veteran’s status and disability
status as part of the application process. This information will
remain confidential and separate from your application.
Veterans claiming preference must submit all proof of
eligibility by the closing date. Proof of eligibility includes a
DD-214 or NGB 22 and if claiming disabled status, a current letter
of disability from the VA dated within the last 12 months.
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Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the University of
North Dakota publishes an Annual Security and Fire Safety Report.
The report includes the university’s policies, procedures, and
programs concerning safety and security, as well as three years of
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entitled to a copy of this report. The report and statistical data
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