Principal Investigator

NCE is actively recruiting an experienced Principal Investigator to join our Pavements and Materials Group. If you enjoy a challenging career in applied pavement research, this opportunity may be for you!

Examples of research interests include design, performance, sustainability, and resiliency, of either asphalt or concrete pavements. NCE does not have in-house laboratory facilities but regularly interprets and applies test results (by others) as part of ongoing applied research efforts.

You should have a proven track record of successful research projects, project management, strong client skills, writing and winning research proposals, as well as implementing research results. You will work with NCE staff to win new research projects and bring together the resources that will assure the high-quality outcomes NCE delivers. Continued participation on national committees (e.g., TRB, ASTM, ACPA, AAPT) is highly encouraged. The ability to increase NCE’s visibility on the State and National level in your areas of technical expertise is a must, which will include business development and client interaction (including travel). Relocation to an NCE office location is preferred, but not required.

Qualifications (Must Have):

  • Ph.D. in a pavement-related field with 15+ years of experience.
  • B.S. or M.S. with 20+ years of experience as a PI in applied pavement research.
  • Proven record of leading applied research projects in the PI or Co-PI role, including projects >$500,000.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and manage multiple projects.
  • Demonstrated ability to prepare successful proposals and win projects.
  • Excellent communication skills (written and verbal).

Qualifications (Nice to Have):

  • Extensive network of industry colleagues at State and Federal agencies.
  • Professional Engineer registration (any state), or ability to obtain within 6 months of hiring.
  • Ability to support NCE’s engineering assignments by providing technical input.
  • Ability to mentor and supervise engineering staff.

Working Conditions:  Mainly office setting, travel as required, field visits as needed.

Salary Range is $120,000 to $180,000+ annually, DOE.

Qualified candidates should submit their resume and cover letter below. For questions regarding your application please email