Assistant Professor in Transportation Engineering

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering ( has twenty-three (23) tenure-track/tenured faculty members, two (2) instructors, five (5) supporting faculty from the Center for Urban Transportation (CUTR) at USF, and three (3) staff members. The Department offers BS, MS, and PhD degrees, serving nearly 250 undergraduates, 125 Master’s students, and 70 PhD students. The Civil Engineering graduate program was ranked 69th nationally and 45th among US public universities, and the Environmental Engineering graduate program was ranked 38th nationally and 23rd among US public universities by US News and World Report (2022).  

Established in 1964 and currently led by Dean Robert H. Bishop, the College of Engineering at the University of South Florida is ranked #57 among public institutions (#92 overall) by U.S. News & World Report’s 2023 engineering graduate school rankings. The college serves more than 6,600 students, offering eleven bachelor’s programs, nine are ABET-accredited, as well as 15 master’s and eight doctoral degrees. The College is actively engaged in local and global research activities with $41 million in research expenditures for the fiscal year 2020-2021. The College has 12 major research centers and institutes and is actively engaged in local and global research activities focused on sustainability, biomedical engineering, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, and transportation.

The University of South Florida, a high-impact global research university dedicated to student success, generates an annual economic impact of more than $6 billion. Over the past 10 years, no other public university in the country has risen faster in U.S. News and World Report’s national university rankings than USF. Serving nearly 50,000 students on campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Sarasota-Manatee, USF is designated as a Preeminent State Research University by the Florida Board of Governors, placing it in the most elite category among the state’s 12 public universities. USF is committed to shaping the future in a community that cherishes justice, accessibility, and meaningful participation by all its members (USF Principles of Community). USF has earned widespread national recognition for its success in graduating under-represented minority and limited-income students at rates equal to or higher than majority and higher-income students. For nearly two decades, USF has been a leader in fostering increased access for individuals from groups historically unrepresented in engineering. USF is a member of the American Athletic Conference. Learn more at

Position Summary:

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering of the University of South Florida is seeking a full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor in Transportation Engineering. The successful candidate is expected to develop a rigorous externally funded research program, supervise students, and teach courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. We are particularly interested in candidates with expertise in travel behavior analysis, decision science, behavioral economics, and who have a strong focus on investigating human response, reaction, interaction, and decision making with connected and automated transportation systems.  Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Candidates should have completed or be near completion of a PhD in civil engineering or a related engineering area from an accredited institution with emphasis in transportation engineering; professional registration is expected within 1 year if not already registered. The successful candidate is expected to start fall 2023. Candidates are expected to have demonstrated leadership and communication skills; to work effectively in teams; to integrate research, education, and service activities; and to be actively engaged in leadership in professional societies. Candidates must be committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion among students, faculty, and staff.

QUALIFICATIONS (Education & Experience):

Minimum Qualifications:

Doctoral degree from an accredited institution or the highest degree appropriate in the field of specialization with a demonstrated record of achievement in teaching, academic research, and service. Must meet university criteria for appointment to the rank of Assistant Professor.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A successful candidate will be expected to lead a team of graduate students in Ph.D. research and teach undergraduate and graduate level courses in civil/environmental engineering in any area of Transportation Engineering that complements the department’s strengths.
  • Preference will be given to individuals with demonstrated expertise in the area of connected and automated transportation systems and the potential of collaborating with transportation faculty from CEE department and CUTR.

Additional Information for Applicants:

An application package should include a curriculum vitae and names of at least four professional references.  In addition, the application should include a statement of the applicant’s teaching philosophy, and a detailed statement of the applicant’s research/funding plans.  Aligned with USF Principles of Community, preference will be given to applicants with a commitment to teaching and mentoring students in their research groups from all backgrounds. Applicants are welcomed to include an optional expected contributions to broadening participation in engineering (BPE) or diversity statement that outlines examples of their commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging, as well as how they will contribute to an inclusive environment as part of their teaching, research, and service. Applicants must electronically submit the application packet as one PDF file. Applications will be considered starting immediately until the positions are filled.

USF celebrates diversity and inclusive excellence in alignment with our Principles of Community.  We believe our future success as an institution requires that we attract and retain a diverse workforce. We are proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and an affirmative action employer. All job decisions at USF are made without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion or belief, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate. The University of South Florida is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action Institution. Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply. Dual career couples with questions about opportunities are encouraged to contact the Department chair. To request disability accommodations in the application and interview process, please notify Khoa Dinh, the EOL Coordinator at (813) 974-9272 at least five working days in advance.

This job is subject to Foreign Influence Screening: During the 2021 Florida legislative session, House Bill 7017 (“HB 7017”) was passed and later signed into law by Governor DeSantis.  The new law modifies a variety of Florida Statutes to address concerns regarding improper foreign influence.  With regard to employment at major research institutions like the University of South Florida, the new law requires thorough review of certain applicants for positions involving research.  

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