Transportation Policy Post-Doctorate Researcher- 3 Revolutions

3R Policy Postdoc

Current deadline to apply is February 20, 2019  

The UC Davis Policy Institute for Energy, the Environment, and the Economy, in partnership with the Institute of Transportation Studies at UC Davis, is currently looking for an analyst to join our interdisciplinary 3 Revolutions Future Mobility Program's Policy Initiative. Candidates should be interested in the and societal benefits of the three revolutions in transportation — shared mobility, electrification and autonomous vehicles.

This position will work directly with Dr. Austin Brown, Director, UC Davis Policy Institute, and Dr. Dan Sperling, Founding Director, ITS-Davis, as well as Mollie D’Agostino, Policy Director, 3RFM, ITS-Davis. This position will require advanced analytical skills. The research will have an emphasis on evaluation of current and future statutory and regulatory mechanisms. This position is a part of the 3RFM's Policy Initiative, and the goal of the work will be to build the policy framework that will accelerate a transition to economically, environmentally, and socially sustainable transportation. The position will aim to provide policy makers at city, state and regional levels with evidence-based research and tools that can aid their decision-making. This position is better suited to individuals pursuing a non-academic career track.

Applicants should have interdisciplinary expertise in several of the following areas: public policy, economics, mathematical modeling, sociology, urban planning, or environmental science. Applicants should be comfortable in applying qualitative and quantitative tools to identify societal and environmental impacts of policy mechanisms aimed to steer the 3 Revolutions towards the public's interest.

There are a number of ongoing projects in which the fellow will participate (depending on their interests and strengths) including:

  • Applied academic research relating to the societal and environmental impacts of vehicle automation, electrification and shared mobility. This could include serving as a principal investigator for research projects, or assisting in implementing research projects led by ITS faculty and researchers.
  • Assisting in the project management of graduate student researchers’ projects, and undergraduate assistants.
  • Policy analysis development (e.g. benefit-cost analysis, scenario development, model policy development, best practice assessment) to evaluate the challenges and opportunities associated with various policy alternatives.
  • Developing concise policy briefs to summarize formal research developed by team members and faculty.

Educational Requirements:

Candidates are required to hold a PhD in a related field (public policy, economics, mathematical modeling, sociology, urban planning, or environmental science).

Compensation & Benefits:

This position will provide compensation based on experience and in accordance with UC salary scales for a starting salary of $60,000 - $70,000.00 annually, decided based on your number of years of advanced scholarship. A University health and welfare benefits package will be included, in accordance with the benefits eligibility requirements of the University of California Benefits Program and Retirement System regulations.

Other requirements include:    

  • Ability to meet deadlines to stay on timelines established. Proficient interpersonal and communications skills that make for effective project management.
  • Extensive analytical ability (as demonstrated in reports, papers or other presented or written works).
  • Expert level ability to conduct related interdisciplinary research.
  • Experience in written communication, including experience writing, editing and proofing in a professional setting, including tailoring language to suit the needs of unique audiences.

How to apply: To apply, Please send to Mollie D’Agostino (, with the subject line “Application – 3R Policy post doc” a current resume (or CV) and a cover letter (as one .pdf titled with your full name) summarizing you interest in the position and identifying your most relevant skills and background experience.

Deadline is February 20, 2019


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