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RAP opportunity at Federal Highway Administration     FHWA

Applied Engineering Research to Advance the State-of-the-Art in Highway Transportation Geotechnics


Federal Highway Administration

opportunity location
27.01.00.B7929 McLean, VA 221012296


name email phone
Jennifer E Nicks 202.493.3075


The geotechnical research program (Program) at FHWA’s Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center (TFHRC) in McLean, VA is seeking a postdoctoral associate and/or an established, renowned researcher to provide in-depth technical support to the group’s current and emerging research focus areas and topics. The Program primarily conducts applied engineering research that aims to advance the state-of-practice for geotechnical engineering in highway transportation and to develop innovative solutions for practical transportation issues. The goal of this research is to develop quality datasets that lead to advancements in design guidance, design methodologies, test methods, and best practices. Candidates with interest and experience in one or more of the following topics are preferred:

  • Geotechnical Aspects of Scour
  • Geotechnical Aspects of Pavements
  • Characterization of Lightweight and/or Recycled Materials
  • Performance Metrics and Deterioration Models for Geotechnical Assets
  • Geosynthetic Reinforced Soil

Proposals with innovative research ideas that support the above topics are welcome. The researcher is expected to work collaboratively with federal and contract staff in the TFHRC Geotechnical Laboratory and other laboratories within the FHWA Office of Infrastructure Research and Development and provide effective communication of their research with other FHWA offices, relevant industry groups, external stakeholders, and external collaborators. 

key words
geotechnical engineering; scour; erosion; unbound materials; stabilized materials; recycled materials; lightweight backfills; aggregates; geosynthetics; reinforced soil; foundations; retaining walls; embankments; corrosion; performance metrics; design; laboratory testing


Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens, permanent residents and non-U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral and Senior applicants


Base Stipend Travel Allotment Supplementation
$67,000.00 $4,000.00

Experience Supplement:
Postdoctoral and Senior Associates will receive an appropriately higher stipend based on the number of years of experience past their PhD.

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