Research Scientist, Intelligent Transportation Systems Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Moshe Ben-Akiva
Research Scientist, Intelligent Transportation Systems Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Job and Project Description:

The ITS Lab has an opening for a Research Scientist/Postdoctoral Associate (depending on the candidate’s experience) in the areas of behavioral modeling, agent- and activity-based simulation (for passenger and freight transport) and real-time traffic prediction and optimization. The successful candidate will work directly with Professor Moshe Ben-Akiva and contribute to a broad range of ongoing research projects at the ITS Lab including prediction-based optimization of pricing for managed lane operations, tradable mobility permits, design and assessment of innovative mobility solutions such as automated mobility-on-demand, urban air mobility, and mobility-as-a-service. More information on the ITS Lab and ongoing projects can be found at:


Strong candidates will have the following qualifications:

·    PhD degree in transportation modeling, econometrics, simulation, or allied field

·    Excellent academic standing and the ability to conduct independent research

·    Fluent in English, excellent interpersonal, organizational, and communication (both oral and written) skills, and ability to work independently and within a dynamic research team.

·    Research Scientists/Senior postdoctoral associates will have experience in project management and supervision of postdocs/graduate students

·    Knowledge of programming in scientific languages (e.g. R, Python, Matlab, Julia)

·    Knowledge of Linux and C++ is beneficial 

Job Duties and Responsibilities:

The candidate will be expected to:

-       Conduct independent research that contributes to ongoing projects at the ITS lab

-       Manage the progress of projects, supervise PhD Students, regularly meet with the PI and external sponsors

-       Disseminate findings in journals/conferences and present research at domestic and international conferences

-       Collaborate on the development and submission of proposals/research grant applications

-       Teaching and preparation of graduate/undergraduate course material 

Interested candidates should send a CV, motivation letter and list of 2 references electronically to Professor Moshe Ben-Akiva at

We regret that only shortlisted candidates will be notified.