Postdoctoral Associate in Materials

University of Florida State

United States


The Postdoctoral Associate will work full-time at the FDOT Materials Office in Gainesville to provide on-site assistance in the area of planning, designing, testing, and analysis of pavement materials and structures used for the Accelerated Pavement Testing (APT) tracks. The scope of work will also include developing research reports and presentations, field implementation plans including specifications, and collecting production and construction data.  The work will be performed under the general supervision and guidance of the FDOT staff. 

Background on the FDOT APT Program:

The Accelerated Pavement Testing (APT) program is housed within the State Materials Research Park in Gainesville.  The testing site consists of 8 linear test tracks.  Seven test tracks are 450 ft. by 12 ft. while an eighth track is 150 ft.  Two additional test tracks were designed to accommodate variable water table control within the supporting base and sub-grade layers.  All tracks are exposed to the environment.

Loading of the test tracks is accomplished with two Heavy Vehicle Simulators (HVS), Mark IV model and Mark VI model.  The HVS is electrically powered, fully automated, and mobile.  It can apply wheel loads between 7 and 45 kips at speeds of up to 8 mph.  This allows the simulation of up to 20 years of loading of in-service pavement systems in as little as 3 months.


Ph.D. and a strong background in concrete and asphalt pavement and materials, instrumentation, statistical methods, and database applications.

Application Instructions

Selected candidate will be required to provide an official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible.  Degrees earned from an education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).

If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call 352-392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at 800-955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the US. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida’s Sunshine Law.

The University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff. The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is committed to creating an environment that affirms diversity across a variety of dimensions, including ability, class, ethnicity/race, gender identity and expression. We particularly welcome applicants who can contribute to such an environment through their scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and professional service. The University and greater Gainesville community enjoy a diversity of cultural events, restaurants, year-round outdoor recreational activities, and social opportunities.

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