Open Rank, Director of Transportation Technology Research Initiative

University of North Dakota, College of Engineering and Mines
North Dakota, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
May 18, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Engineering
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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.

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 and experience.

Position Benefits

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 professional development opportunities.

Find out more about UND's great benefits and perks here!

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 collaborators.
  • 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, etc.)
  • Utilizing computer hardware and software to carry out leadership, research, teaching, and service responsibilities of TTRI.
  • 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 TTRI.
  • Meet with the NDDOT monthly or as needed to discuss the status of projects the TTRI is involved in.
Required Competencies:
  • 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 interpersonal skills.
Minimum Requirements:
  • MS degree in civil engineering or other relevant fields
  • At least 10 years’ experience conducting or managing research in structural design, construction, transportation or infrastructure. 
  • 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 upon hire.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Ph.D. degree in civil engineering or other relevant fields
  • Experience in data analytics, unmanned systems, and intelligent transportation
  • 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 groups
Minimum Hiring Salary

Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Contract Period/Start Date

Twelve-month appointment to commence July 1 or August 16, 2022

To Apply

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

All applications are taken online only at job openings

Additional Information

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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 campus.

EEO Statement

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.

Veteran’s Preference

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.

Clery Statement

In compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus 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 crime statistics for our campus. As a prospective employee, you are entitled to a copy of this report. The report and statistical data can be found online at You may also request a paper copy of the report from the UND Police Department located at 3851 Campus Road, Grand Forks, ND, 58202.

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