Post-Doctoral Research Associate

Job Details

Department:  School of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science
Location:  Norman, OK
Contract Type: Full Time – Renewable annually pending performance and available funds
Compensation: $50,000 USD + benefits

The University of Oklahoma, School of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science’s Geotechnical Engineering group is seeking an outstanding, highly motivated Postdoctoral Research Associate to conduct research investigating unsaturated expansive soils. The post-doctoral research associate will be supervised and mentored by Dr. Amy Cerato (

We are looking for individuals who are ambitious, good problem solvers, have a high degree of motivation and a willingness to learn. The right candidate will receive outstanding support, training and mentorship.

Position Requirements:

  • Ph.D. in Civil (Geotechnical) Engineering or similar field.
  • Ability to thrive and work independently in a multi-faceted research program.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability and willingness to work with a diverse team of engineers and students.
  • Ability to establish clear goals and to organize and prioritize work.
  • Strong computational skills and proficiency in one or more programming languages.

Interested candidates should submit 1) a cover letter which briefly describes research experience and career goals, 2) a current curriculum vitae with a list of publications, 3.) transcript(s), and 4) the name and contact information of three academic or research references (including your dissertation advisor) by email as a PDF file to Dr. Amy Cerato, Hard copies may instead be mailed to Dr. Amy Cerato, Rapp Foundation Presidential Professor, School of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science, University of Oklahoma, 202 W. Boyd Street, Room 334, Norman, OK 73019.

Applications will be accepted until a suitable candidate is identified. The start date for the position will be as soon as the candidate can begin and the position is eligible for renewal on a yearly basis pending performance and funding. It is envisioned that, for the right candidate, this position could morph into a soft-funded Research Faculty position.

Information on benefits may be found at:

The University of Oklahoma is an equal opportunity institution.

Protected veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.