Available Position: Postdoc Researcher, ITS-Davis, Energy Futures Program


Professor Dan Sperling, Supervisor

The UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies, Energy Futures (EF) Program is recruiting a postdoctoral Scholar to support our efforts to develop models of the transportation systems within the United States and internationally and conduct detailed analysis using those models. Particular emphasis will be on one or more of: transitions to net-zero transportation energy systems, modeling of electric and fuel cell cars and trucks within transportation systems, and modeling hydrogen systems in the context of transportation and stationery system decarbonization. Experience in these areas are preferred (though not limited).

Candidates should have completed a doctoral degree in one of the fields Civil Engineering, Transportation Planning, Computer Science, Economics, Energy resources, Geo­graphy, Operations Research or a related field at the time of hire. candidates should have significant experience in one or more of the following: developing and running models of national level transportation and energy systems including simulation, optimization, and/or backcasting elements; transportation systems planning; projecting future changes in systems; and understanding relevant potential policies to encourage low-carbon future systems. If possible, candidates should have experience working with both Chinese and U.S. data and models.

Candidates with strong multidisciplinary skills covering more than one of the areas listed above are particularly encouraged to apply. Extremely well-qualified candidates with slightly different qualifications and/or research focus might be also considered under special circumstances.

Other essen­tial qualifications include an excellent track of scientific publications; excellent English-language writing skills; ability to meet deadlines, work well with minimal direction and with a team, and produce high-quality research outputs; good time man­agement and recordkeeping. Desirable qualifications include solid presentation skills and experience with fundraising and maintaining rapport with funding agencies.

The selected candidates will join a growing team working on research on future mobility at the University of California, Davis. They will work with Dr. Fulton and other researchers in the program on projects related to modeling future transportation and energy systems in the US and internationally, including a range of topics related to new vehicle technologies, new fuels, and transportation system dynamics. Other duties commensurate with the researcher’s qualifications will also be assigned.

Screening of applications will begin immediately, and recruitment will continue until the posi­tion is filled. Interviews with applicants will be scheduled via phone or videoconference, and in-person informal interviews may be held during the TRB 2022 meeting.

We offer a competitive salary and generous benefits, including health insurance, retirement plan, vacation and sick leave, and support to a successful career in scientific research. The successful candidates will be encouraged to submit the output of their work to scientific conferences and professional meetings. Pending acceptance of the work, and funding availability, they will receive support for the attendance of these meetings.

The University of California, Davis is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, and applications from women and under-represented minorities are encouraged.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, copy of one selected publication and names/contact information of three references in a single PDF file to Lew Fulton: lmfulton@ucdavis.edu Please format the file name as {lastname_initials}_EFP_postdoc2019.pdf and include “Postdoc Search” in the subject line of the e-mail.

Energy Futures Program and UC Davis

The Energy Futures Program is a rapidly growing research and policy program in the Institute of Transportation Studies of the University of California, Davis. It grows out of the STEPS program and focuses on medium/long term transportation energy transitions for California, the US and worldwide. The program receives support from a range of government and industry partners, planning agencies and research foundations, and works in close cooperation with the federally-funded National Center for Sustainable Transportation and the other research programs at UC Davis. For additional information on the Energy Futures Program and on ITS Davis, please see EnergyFutures.ucdavis.edu and its.ucdavis.edu.