Internship Alert! Research Internship Program – District of Columbia Department of Transportation (DDOT)

March 7, 2017 at 9:26 am
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District of Columbia’s Department of Transportation (DDOT) Research Internship Program engages full-time students to work on specific research topics around the agency. The internship program allows DDOT to conduct research into topics of interest while also serving as a resource for students to acquire practical skills. The Howard University Transportation Research Center (HUTRC) recruits the interns and manages the program on DDOT’s behalf.

Applications accepted through March 24th, 2017. To apply: Go to https://www.hutrc.org/internships and follow the instructions on the website.
The program is open to full-time undergraduate or graduate students in good academic standing from the DC region and nationwide. The summer internship program is scheduled to run for at least 10 weeks starting on Monday, June 5. The internships will be located at DDOT’s offices, 55 M Street, SE, Washington, DC 20003. These are hourly, paid positions with a maximum of 40 hours a week with no paid holidays, no paid sick leave, and no overtime. All students are required to have basic computer skills, and basic knowledge of Microsoft Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, and Word.2017 Projects:

  1. Library Intern
  2. Human Resources Business Partnering Intern
  3. Civil Engineering Design Scope and Cost Estimation Intern
  4. Green Infrastructure Research for DDOT Construction Projects Intern
  5. Data Consolidation, Processing, and Visualization for ITS Asset Management and Traffic Operations Intern
  6. Traffic and Crash Data Analyst /Vision Zero Intern
  7. Performance Management Dashboards Intern
  8. Active Transportation Intern
  9. Smart Cities and District Mobility Intern
  10. Transit Projects Intern [2 positions available]
  11. Curbside Operations Data Intern [2 positions available] *one of these starts immediately

More details on the positions are in the position descriptions available on the website.

Job Alert! Transportation Planner – District Department of Transportation (DDOT), Planning and Sustainability Division (PSD) Research Program

February 7, 2017 at 11:47 am

Job Summary
Transportation Planner  CS-2101-13
Salary Range: $81,050 – $104,423
Agency: Planning & Sustainability Division (PSD)
Area of Consideration: Open to General Public
Open Date:  February 3, 2017
Closing Date:  February 17, 2017
Duration of Appointment: Career Service – Continuing Full-Time
Collective Bargaining Unit:  (Non-Union) This position is not a collective bargaining unit.

Introduction

This position is located in the District Department of Transportation (DDOT), Planning and Sustainability Division (PSD) Research Program.  PSD manages the research program for DDOT.  As DDOT serves a highly urbanized area, special emphasis within the research program is placed on developing and implementing a research agenda focused on a multi-modal, comprehensive approach to transportation that combines the needs of public and private sectors into coordinated transportation policies and plans, consistent with agency strategic goals and objectives. The incumbent will have exposure to such urban transportation research.

Major Duties

Supports the research program for the agency. Works with various programs within the agency to develop viable research problem statements and then to advance and complete selected research projects that lead to publication-ready reports. Supports the research intern program to ensure positive outcomes for both student interns and project owners in the agency. Also works with key researchers locally and nationally to build the stature of the research program.

Assists in managing cutting-edge research projects across multiple modes and areas of interest.  Oversees projects’ day-to-day activities to ensure high quality results are delivered in a timely fashion.  Prepares or reviews publication-ready reports related to those projects.

Coordinates with other Department personnel (i.e., safety, operations, construction, public space, etc.) as well as other District, regional, and federal agencies to facilitate broad participation in the research program. Attends other meetings, seminars, and professional conferences relating to research to promote agency research. Identifies best practices to deploy at the agency and facilitates technology transfer to Departmental personnel and programs.

Qualifications
– Advanced professional knowledge of urban transportation planning theories, concepts, and principles.
– Experience managing or providing leadership to programs and/or projects.
– Able to develop scopes of work for studies, projects, and analytical reports relating to transportation research that support the mission and goals of DDOT.
– Ability to effectively communicate orally and in written formats technical information pertaining to research studies, projects, program analyses, and to facilitate meetings and the coordination of related programs.
– Ability to exercise initiative, resourcefulness, and tact in obtaining and analyzing information.
– Working knowledge of data management, statistical analysis, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
– Knowledge and ability to use computer applications (i.e. PowerPoint, word processing, databases, etc.) and to prepare reports.
– Ability to organize work and respond to competing priorities; coordinate with others to accomplish goals; and monitor progress and evaluate outcomes.

Licensures, Certifications and other requirements
Preferred Licensures and Certifications include:

  • American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) Education
    Bachelor’s degree required.  Master’s degree in Urban Planning, Public Policy, Transportation Planning, or Transportation Engineering preferred.

Work Experience

  • Minimum five (5) years of transportation research, transportation planning, or transportation engineering experience (can be a combination of work and graduate education) with increasing responsibility.
    Minimum two (2) years of experience leading projects and/or programs.
    Thorough knowledge of the concepts of transportation and urban planning sufficient to provide expertise to projects and the research program.
    Experience in a team-based environment and in securing the support and cooperation of others.

Work Environment

  • The work is often performed at a desk in an office environment, but will also require field and system observation in accordance with all applicable safety guidelines and standards.
    Incumbent is required to perform work after normal duty hours and attend community or professional meetings on an as-needed basis.

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Fully Funded PhD in Travel Forecasting and Data Science @ University of Kentucky’s Transportation Engineering and Data Science Lab

December 21, 2016 at 11:38 am

Spotted this announcement below in an email from a List-serve:

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I am looking to recruit one or more talented individuals for a funded PhD in travel forecasting and data science, starting in Fall 2017. Specific areas of interest include:

  • Evaluating and improving travel forecast accuracy.
  • Using passively collected “Big Data” to measure transportation project impacts and model performance.
  • Advancing reproducibility and interchangeability in regional and statewide transportation models.

Qualified individuals may have a background in civil engineering, geography, urban science or a related field. They will bring competence in software development or data visualization and a passion for transportation problems.

The Transportation Engineering and Data Science lab (http://transportlab.net/) is a part of an active and growing transportation group in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Kentucky. We work in close collaboration with the Kentucky Transportation Center, which serves as the research arm of the state Transportation Cabinet.

We are located in beautiful Lexington, Kentucky, a vibrant small city with the nation’s first urban growth boundary. Lexington is famous for bourbon, bluegrass and basketball, and offers easy access to hiking, rock climbing and other recreational opportunities.

Please email me at greg.erhardt@uky.edu to express interest or with any questions.

Kind Regards,

Greg

Gregory D. Erhardt, PhD, PE
Assistant Professor
Department of Civil Engineering, University of Kentucky
261 Oliver H. Raymond Bldg., Lexington, KY 40506
859-323-4856 (office), 859-699-1761 (mobile)
greg.erhardt@uky.edu

http://transportlab.net/

Job Opportunity: Research and Demonstration Program Manager @ USDOT’s ITS Joint Program Office

August 4, 2016 at 7:08 pm
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The Intelligent Transportation System Joint Program Office (ITS JPO) is pleased to announce the following opportunity:  Research and Demonstration Program Manager. Applications for this position must be in by Monday, August 15, 2016.

The successful candidate will be responsible for developing, in close coordination with the ITS JPO staff, the research direction for the ITS program. This includes recommending research initiatives, monitoring relevant research, coordinating ITS research with other modes through venues such as Research Planning and Investment Coordination (RPIC) and may include University Transportation Centers (UTC), representing the ITS JPO in research forums, and coordinating with other ITS JPO staff to ensure seamless execution of projects from research, testing, technology transfer, and evaluation.

The Program Manager is also responsible for leading specific research projects within the ITS JPO. The incumbent is a recognized ITS expert who often represents the Department on ITS technical program issues. You will also participate in a range of other ITS program technical and research activities involving other DOT and Federal organizations and other agencies, such as the Transportation Research Board (TRB), Department of Commerce, Department of Justice, and Department of Energy.

This is an exciting opportunity if you are experienced in analyzing and reviewing ITS research and deployments and adept at collaborating with public and private transportation stakeholders on the implementation, commercialization, and communication of ITS technologies.  Come join the ITS JPO team if you are passionate about advancing tomorrow’s transportation technologies today to create a safer, smarter, more efficient transportation system!

For additional information and to apply for this position, please use the links below:

Transportation Specialist, GS-2101-14/15 (Open to Status & VEOA Applicants)

https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/446638200

Transportation Specialist, GS-2101-14/15 (Open to All U.S. Citizens)

https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/446638600

To learn about applying for careers at U.S. DOT please visit this link

Student Paper Competition: SHRP 2 Safety Data Bonanza

August 20, 2015 at 6:13 pm

The Transportation Research Board (TRB) is sponsoring a paper competition for university students to propose research projects using the SHRP 2 Safety Data, the Naturalistic Driving Study data, and Roadway Information Database. Abstracts should be submitted electronically toSHRP2@nas.edu and are due on September 11, 2015.

Selected students will be invited to present their research at a special poster session at the 2016 TRB Annual Meeting, January 10-14, 2016 in Washington, DC. The TRB Annual Meeting program is expected to attract 12,000 transportation professionals from around the world. In addition, selected students will be awarded the opportunity to write a paper for consideration of inclusion in a special edition of TRB’s Transportation Research Circular.

View details about the competition. The application window is now open.

H/T @YPTransportation.org

Job Alert: Research Fellow – Transportation for America @ Washington, DC

March 31, 2015 at 9:40 am

T4A logoTransportation for America is hiring a Research Fellow to help produce research and produce reports, identify innovative transportation concepts, and support a mission-based consulting service to produce the best outcomes for clients’ transportation investments.

The fellow will join Transportation for America’s policy team conducting original research that advances local, state and federal policies. This is an opportunity that features a great deal of responsibility, direct collaboration with our partners and valuable hands-on experience with transportation thought-leaders throughout the country.

Description

The ideal fellow is a proactive, savvy researcher with exceptional writing and editing skills and plugged-in to developments surrounding transportation policy at the local, state and federal, levels. The successful candidate will be able to use all these skills to create original research for Transportation for America’s partners and the public.

Fellows should be dependable team players that can perform regular duties when asked, while also being proactive self-starter who can independently research and offer and implement new research areas that support Transportation for America’s policy efforts. Fellows will be conducting research and writing assigned issue briefs and longer reports, but will also be counted upon to support the President of Transportation for America’s newly-created mission-driven consulting service.

Primary responsibilities include:

  • Researching, writing and editing original research that supports local, state and federal transportation policy efforts of Transportation for America. This includes short (3-10 pages) issue briefs and lengthier research assignments when necessary.
  • Identifying research trends and gaps to develop scope for new research.
  • Managing oversight and quality assurance of data collection.
  • Assisting policy team in researching local, state and federal policy, and producing content for Transportation for America’s members
  • Supporting mission-driven consulting service by researching and writing reports and memorandums, and billing responsibilities.
  • Providing general research support for the organization and our partners.

Requirements

All Transportation for America fellowships require a self-motivated, detail-oriented person with excellent writing, oral communication and organizational skills, as well as the ability to think creatively and work independently with adequate supervision. Candidates should have a strong interest in transportation, economic development, smart growth or related areas.

Specific to the Research Fellow candidate, Transportation for America is looking for those who can fulfill the following requirements:

  • Proactive, team-player
  • A bachelor’s degree in public policy, planning, sociology, demography, economics or other related field.
  • Experience with qualitative and quantitative transportation and economic development research.
  • Highly computer literate
  • Excellent communication and writing skills
  • Working understanding of Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator) and GIS a plus.

Recommended candidates include:

  • New professionals, especially policy, transportation, planning and economic professionals.
  • Candidates able to demonstrate the capacity for independent study or research.

The position is full time (40 hours per week) and requires a six-month commitment. Some former fellows have joined our full-time staff. Transportation for America Fellows receive a stipend of $1,500 per month. This position is based in our offices in Washington, DC.

To apply, please send these materials to info@t4america.org with “Research Fellow” in the subject line:

  • A short cover letter that includes a 50-word description of the assets you would bring to this position
  • A current resume with references
  • Recent research examples

Applications will be accepted immediately on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Equal opportunity and having a diverse staff are fundamental principles at Transportation for America. Employment and promotional opportunities are based upon individual capabilities and qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation/preference, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status or any other protected characteristic as established under law.

About T4America

T4America is an alliance of elected, business and civic leaders from communities across the country who are united to ensure that states and the federal government step up to invest in smart, homegrown, locally-driven transportation solutions. Learn more at http://t4america.org

Job Alert: Policy Analyst – Eno Center for Transportation @ Washington, DC

October 2, 2014 at 12:13 pm

The Eno Center for Transportation is seeking a Policy Analyst in to join Eno’s Center for Transportation Policy (CTP). The Policy Analyst will report to the Director of Finance and Policy, and will provide support to all activities within CTP. These activities will include, but are not limited to:

– Write and research for Eno policy projects
– Manage specific research and policy projects
– Assist with writing proposals for future projects
– Contribute to the monthly newsletter, Eno Brief, and other publications
– Publicly presenting research results
– Participating in professional development activities

As Eno’s work spans the industry, the Policy Analyst will need to be able to contribute to policy work across all modes of transportation. In addition to working with CTP, the Analyst will occasionally be expected to contribute to work within the other areas of Eno, including CTL, finance, and communications.

The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:
– A working knowledge of transportation policy, economics, and existing issues in the industry
– Masters degree in public policy, engineering, urban planning, political science or related field preferred
– Two to five years of work experience
– Demonstrated strengths in both researching and writing
– Ability to multi-task

Compensation
Eno offers a competitive benefits package. Salary will commensurate with experience.

To Apply
This position will remain open until filled. Submit cover letter, resume, and brief writing sample to Ann Henebery at ahenebery@enotrans.org.

Find the full listing here: https://www.enotrans.org/about-us/employment

(H/T YPTransportation.org)

Infographic: Eyes of a Car – How LiDAR enables vehicles to detect and avoid obstacles on the road

July 22, 2014 at 6:04 pm

via WSJ Yesterday’s Wall Street Journal has an interesting article that explores the roadblock posed by sky-high prices of the LiDAR units, which offer the vehicles’ “seeing” and “navigating” capabilities , in the widespread adoption automated vehicles.  That pesky little roof mounted LiDAR unit  atop the Google’s prototype vehicle apparently cost between $75,000 and $85,000, which explains why it will be a problem for mass market. Click here to read the entire article.  What caught me is this simple infographic that accompanied the article. It nicely explains how the LiDAR works.

Image: Eyes of a Car via Wall Street Journal.

Image: Eyes of a Car via Wall Street Journal.

Job Alert: Research Officer – FIA Foundation for the Automobile and Society @ London, United Kingdom

June 4, 2014 at 5:01 pm

About us

The FIA Foundation for the Automobile and Society (Foundation) is an independent UK registered charity which supports an international programme of activities promoting road safety, the environment and sustainable mobility, as well as funding motor sport safety research.   The Foundation has consultative status with the Economic & Social Council of the United Nations, participates in various UN road safety and environment related working parties and is a member of the UN Global Road Safety Collaboration.  It also provides the secretariat for the Make Road Safe campaign, the independent Commission for Global Road Safety, and the Global Fuel Economy Initiative. The Foundation is also a member of the UN Partnership for Clean Fuels and Vehicles.

Our objects are to promote public safety and public health, the protection and preservation of human life and the conservation, protection and improvement of the physical and natural environment through:

  • promoting research, disseminating the results of research and providing information in any matters of public interest which include road safety, automobile technology, the protection and preservation of human life and public health, transport and public mobility and the protection of the environment; and
  • promoting improvement in the safety of motor sport, and of drivers, passengers, pedestrians and other road users.

About the role

The newly-created post of Research Officer, based full-time at the Foundation’s secretariat in central London, will deal with all research questions and projects in support of the Director of Environment and Research (See full description below)

In this you will provide seamless service both internally to colleagues and externally to the Foundation’s various statutory bodies, members and partners.

You will assist the Director of Environment and Research, as part of an integrated policy, programmes and communications team, on all aspects of the Foundation’s road safety, environmental and sustainable mobility research policies and activities, such as:

  • conducting research projects (including economic analysis) and producing research outputs;
  • supporting the Foundation’s Seminar programme;
  • maintenance of databases and co-ordination of mailings to Foundation partners and members;
  • preparation of briefings, advocacy and communications materials;
  • speechwriting;
  • production of material for relevant websites and social media; and
  • representation at seminars and meetings.

About you

A confident self-starter and ideally equipped with a postgraduate qualification or equivalent, you should have work experience in a research role, ideally in a busy research/campaigns or advocacy environment.  Strong analytical, evaluation and writing skills demonstrating close attention to detail are a must as are excellent social skills, diplomacy and personal presentation.  You should have a solid knowledge of all common IT packages, such as Excel, SPSS, Word and Powerpoint.  Foreign languages would be an asset. Experience of issues around public health/injury research, sustainable mobility and/or international development would also be desirable, but not essential.

Please note that we are only able to consider applications from those with the legal right to work in the UK.

The closing date for applications is 20th June.

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Job Alert: Associate Program Officer – Transportation Research Board (TRB) @ Washington, DC

June 2, 2014 at 10:16 pm

Job Req #: 140113-6

Basic Requirements:

Bachelor’s degree in a related field or equivalent knowledge with 3 years of related professional experience. Proficiency in computer applications, especially Microsoft Word, Outlook, Powerpoint, Excel, and Access. Ability to solve varied and complex problems using originality and ingenuity. Ability to operate using appreciable latitude for independent judgment and action. Ability to work successfully in a team environment. Experience working in complex environments with a high degree of organizational effectiveness. Ability to develop relationships with co-workers and employees in other National Academies’ departments through effective communication. Excellent written, oral, and interpersonal skills with a proven ability to effectively interact with all levels of employees.

Description

The mission of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) is to promote innovation and progress in transportation through research. In an objective and interdisciplinary setting, TRB facilitates the sharing of information on transportation practice and policy by researchers and practitioners; stimulates research and offers research management services that promote technical excellence; provides expert advice on transportation policy and programs; and disseminates research results broadly and encouraged their implementation.

TRB is one of six major divisions of the National Research Council— a private, nonprofit institution that is the principal operating agency of the National Academies in providing services to the government, the public, and the scientific and engineering communities. The National Research Council is jointly administered by the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine. TRB’s varied activities—described below—annually engage more than 7,000 engineers, scientists, and other transportation researchers and practitioners from the public and private sectors and academia, all of whom contribute their expertise in the public interest by participating on TRB committees, panels, and task forces. The program is supported by state transportation departments, federal agencies including the component administrations of the U.S. Department of Transportation, and other organizations and individuals interested in the development of transportation.

The Associate Program Officer manages programs/projects for multiple TRB Groups and Sections consisting of 35 to 60 standing committees Provides support in ensuring programs/projects meet their stated objectives. Serves as liaison between TRB and related external customers and organizations, including committee members, TRB sponsors and affiliates. Assists with the daily supervision of support staff. Assists three Senior Program Officers in the development of programs/projects. Coordinates program/project activities, handling inquiries, organizing sessions and meetings, and developing materials. Tracks relevant issues and compiles reports. Manages NRC and FACA required processes.

ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES:

  • Administers and manages program/project activities. Communicates with chairs of Groups, Sections, standing committees; other committee members and external program/project contacts. Facilitates the flow of information among committee members, consultants, TRB sponsors and affiliates, and staff. Prepares reports on activities. Represents the program/project areas within and outside of TRB.
  • Identifies and gathers materials in support of programs/projects sponsored by Groups/Sections/committees. Synthesizes and edits findings and data. Prepares background papers and summaries of program/project activities.
  • Organizes conferences, sessions, and meetings. Creates agendas, invites presenters and participants, oversees meeting logistics, and prepares written summaries. Manages the development and delivery of over 100 sessions for the TRB Annual Meeting, one to two meetings per year for each of the Groups/Sections/committees, and several conferences per year (100 to 600 attendees each). Accomplishes sophisticated and customized computer sorts, selections, formatting, report generation and other tasks in support of sessions, meetings, conferences, and other projects.
  • Coordinates publication of materials, including peer reviewed papers, proceedings of conferences, and circulars. Manages the peer review of approximately 500 papers each year, leading to publication of approximately 150 papers annually.
  • Performs financial and administrative tasks related to programs/projects of the assigned Groups/Sections/committees. Creates, maintains, and updates records, databases, and files. Oversees the rotation of member appointments for 15-20 committees per year. Authorizes expenditures, tracks spending, monitors budget, and projects future spending plans. Reviews contractual obligations and ensures that obligations are met. Serves as travel coordinator.
  • Ensures consistent application of organizational policies and procedures. Manages compliance with National Academies’ procedures, format, and processes, including NRC and FACA, as they relate to assigned activities.
  • May update and maintain web pages and prepare newsletters and other promotional materials.
  • Assists with supervising staff. Assigns tasks and provides guidance and feedback to staff. Ensures required training is accomplished and participates in performance reviews. Serves as a mentor and resource to support staff.

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