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(Open Rank) Professor of Transportation Engineering Practice

Viterbi School of Engineering Faculty Los Angeles, California

The Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering ( in the USC Viterbi School of Engineering is searching for outstanding faculty candidates for a teaching position (Lecturer or higher rank) to teach undergraduate and graduate courses on topics related to the area of transportation engineering. This is a full-time, benefits-eligible, teaching faculty position on the non-tenure track. The USC Viterbi School of Engineering is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty and welcomes applications from women, individuals from racial/ethnic populations demographically underrepresented in engineering, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

Competitive candidates will have the training and experience to teach effectively in a highly ranked department that advances undergraduate students through an accredited B.S. degree program, and graduate students enrolled in world-class M.S. and Ph.D. programs. We are particularly interested in candidates with experience and expertise in transportation engineering, able to teach courses in subjects that include but are not limited to the following:

  • Intelligent Transportation Systems:  Automated, connected, autonomous, and shared vehicles; smart intersections; adaptive traffic control; freeway operations; congestion pricing; emerging distributed ledger technology; cyber-physical security.
  • Traffic Engineering:  Geometric design, corridor studies, traffic signal synchronization and wide area control, congestion mitigation and management.
  • Human factors: Safety, trust in automation, decision making.
  • Infrastructure:  Management and finance; design of facilities; constructability; pavement management; electrification and charging; system safety, security, and resilience.
  • Transportation Systems Analysis: Network level of service and performance; network design; transport economics; mobility as service; transportation informatics and data science; data marketplace; privacy.
  • Sustainable Transportation Systems: Electric vehicles; micro-mobility; greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution; life-cycle costs.
  • Design of Supply Chains:  Distribution, transportation, and supply chain integration; analysis and optimization of supply chain networks, fleet management, multimodal systems, port management and operations, marine transportation.
  • Transportation Planning:  Urban transit and integrated mobility, equity in transportation access, travel demand modeling, activity system analysis, and land use-transport interactions.

Additional experience and expertise with all modes of transportation, including air and water, will receive favorable attention.

While we seek applications at the rank of Lecturer, in exceptional cases applicants with longer and more accomplished teaching experience and/or other significant credentials may also be considered for a commensurate higher-ranked position (e.g., Senior Lecturer, Associate Professor of Practice, or Professor of Practice).  A candidate with appropriate qualifications may also be considered for an appointment to serve as the Director of our Master of Science Civil Engineering (Transportation Engineering), Master of Science Civil Engineering (Transportation Systems), and Master of Science in Transportation Systems Management degree programs, and our Graduate Certificate Program in Transportation Systems.  The responsibilities of this position include (in addition to teaching):  Oversight of degree requirements; curriculum development; recruitment and advisement of students; liaison activities with other departments, schools, and research centers on campus, and local professional groups; specialized co-curricular student opportunities; coordination with the department in identifying, recruiting, and selecting instructors for courses; among other duties.

We invite applications from candidates knowledgeable in civil, traffic, and transportation engineering, and transportation planning, and we will focus on a candidate’s experience, track-record, and their potential during the review process.  All candidates are expected to have a strong commitment to teaching.  An earned doctorate degree in civil engineering or a closely related technical field is required.

The position is available starting August 16, 2022. Candidates should apply on-line. Applications must include a cover letter, a detailed curriculum vitae, a teaching statement (up to 2 pages), a succinct statement on fostering an environment of diversity and inclusion, and the contact information for at least three professional references (at least two of whom must be familiar with and able to comment on the applicant’s teaching experience).  To receive full consideration, applications should be submitted by 31 January 2022; applications received after this deadline might not be considered.  All application materials will be held in the strictest confidence. For more information, interested individuals are welcome to contact Prof. James Moore, Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Southern California, 3620 South Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90089-2531 (email:

The Astani Department has 26 tenured/tenure track faculty members, 1 research faculty member, and 5 teaching faculty members, including four chaired professorships, nine current or former Young Investigator or Early Career awardees, and many fellows of professional organizations. The Department recently renovated the environmental engineering laboratories with a multimillion-dollar investment from the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, including new equipment and renovated space to support cutting-edge research. Similarly, the Structures and Materials Research Lab (SMRL) which consists of test space and associated fabrication facilities has been recently renovation to conduct material and reduced-scale, large-scale, and full-scale structural testing.

In November 2007, the Department was the beneficiary of a $17 million pledge from Sonny Astani, the largest ever bestowed on a department of civil and environmental engineering at that time. The USC Viterbi School ( is among the top engineering schools in the world. It counts 189 full-time, tenure-track faculty members, and 117 full-time teaching-track and research-track faculty members.  it is home to the Information Sciences Institute; two previously awarded National Science Foundation Engineering Research Centers and Department of Energy EFRC (Energy Frontiers Research Center); and the Department of Homeland Security’s first University Center of Excellence (Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Threats and Emergencies or CREATE), and the METRANS Transportation Consortium. The USC Viterbi School of Engineering is affiliated with the Alfred E. Mann Institute for Biomedical Engineering, the Institute for Creative Technologies, and the USC Stevens Center for Innovation. Research expenditures typically exceed $210 million annually.

The USC Viterbi School of Engineering is committed to enabling the success of dual career families and fosters a family-friendly environment.USC 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, protected veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law or USC policy. USC will consider for employment all qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring ordinance.


REQ20109688 Posted Date: 11/15/2021

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