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Tenure-Track Faculty Position in Transportation Engineering and Public Policy

Application Window

Open date: January 25th, 2021

Last review date: Monday, Apr 5, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Wednesday, Jun 30, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering of the Samueli School of Engineering and the Department of Public Policy of the Luskin School of Public Affairs at UCLA invite applications for a joint tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level.

We seek a transportation/infrastructure scholar who works at the intersection of engineering and policy, with an explicit focus on equity – both by increasing transportation benefits enjoyed by Black and other marginalized travelers and by decreasing the harms transportation systems disproportionately impose on Black and disadvantaged communities. The successful candidate will contribute to the curricula in both departments and will present a compelling research agenda on transportation equity and race, defined broadly to include disparate impacts and access, systematic under-investment in infrastructure and associated services, as well as discrimination and racism.

We seek candidates who will contribute to the expansion and integration of the transportation-related research and teaching of nearly four dozen transportation scholars and multiple transportation research and degree programs across UCLA, including many of whom work on various dimensions of transportation equity. We are especially interested in those who will contribute to the transportation strengths and strategic priorities of UCLA, including Access to Opportunities, New Mobility, Public Transit, Sustainable & Resilient Transportation, Terminals & Infrastructure, Traffic, Transportation & Communities, and Transportation Finance. The successful candidate will enjoy this rich scholarly environment as well as research support from at least five campus research centers: the Institute of Transportation Studies, Smart Grid Energy Research Center, Luskin Center for Innovation, Garrick Institute for the Risk Sciences, and Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies.

This faculty search is a partnership among the Departments of Civil & Environmental Engineering and Public Policy and the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies, as part of the campus-wide effort to rise to the challenge of racial and social justice at UCLA, sponsored by the Office of the Chancellor and the Executive Vice Chancellor & Provost.

Los Angeles is a global city renowned for its dynamism, robust economy, rich cultural diversity, and spectacular climate. UCLA was recently ranked as the #1 public university in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, with both the Samueli School of Engineering & Applied Science and the Luskin School of Public Affairs ranked in the top 10 among U.S. public engineering and public affairs schools respectively. The Samueli (birthplace of the internet) and Luskin Schools each host renowned faculties and offer undergraduate and graduate degree programs in Civil & Environmental Engineering and Public Policy. The Bunche Center for African American Studies, named after Nobel Prize winner, scholar, activist, and UCLA alumnus Ralph J. Bunche, was established to develop and strengthen African American Studies through five primary organizational branches: research, academic programs, library and media center, special projects, and publications.

UCLA offers competitive salary and attractive benefits packages, including a housing assistance program for new faculty members. Applicants must hold an engineering degree at BS or higher levels and an earned PhD in a field related to civil engineering, environmental engineering, or public policy by the date of hire. The expected start date is in the summer of 2021 or winter of 2022.

Application packages should be submitted online through and include the following documents: 1) curriculum vitae, 2) statement of contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion with particular attention to mentoring achievements and future mentoring goals, 3) statement of research interest, 4) statement of teaching interest, and 5) a cover letter. Review of applications will begin on February 25, 2021, and continue until the positions are filled. Inquiries about the position and nominations of potential candidates should be directed to the search committee co-chairs, Jiaqi Ma ( and J.R. DeShazo (

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: UC Nondiscrimination and Affirmative Action Policy at:

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research

  • Statement of Teaching

  • Statement on Contributions to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion - An EDI Statement describes a faculty candidate’s past, present, and future (planned) contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion. To learn more about how UCLA thinks about contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion, please review our Sample Guidance for Candidates and related EDI Statement FAQ document.

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)

Job location

Los Angeles, CA