The Virginia Transportation Research Council (VTRC), the research division of the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), is seeking to fill a full time Research Scientist position at its Charlottesville, VA office on the Environment, Planning, and Economics team. The selected candidate will conceive, plan, direct and conduct complex research projects on environmental issues in the planning, construction, maintenance, or operation of transportation systems to provide cost-effective solutions to problems and to prevent or minimize adverse environmental impacts. Research projects should contribute to improvements in current VDOT policies and practices. Candidates must have experience in conducting all phases of an environmental research project. This position will have the opportunity to serve as a principal investigator (PI) or co-PI on projects conducted by VTRC.
The selected candidate will also provide technical assistance, consultative advice and technology transfer within their area(s) of expertise to VDOT division and district staff, the FHWA, and local and elected officials across the Commonwealth. Research scientists collaborate with support staff or others to collect, validate, analyze, and interpret data to solve environmental problems of interest to VDOT. The selected candidate will be expected to disseminate research findings through written reports, published papers in referred journals, and presentations to national, state, and VDOT audiences. Research scientists must be willing to assist VDOT divisions with the implementation of research findings. Scientists may also be required to manage and monitor contract research being conducted by universities.
The selected candidate will be expected to participate in relevant professional organizations and technical committees, such as the Transportation Research Board, attend conferences and take short courses to maintain and enhance knowledge and skills in current research area(s) of specialization through contact with experts in specialty areas.
M.S. or M.A. degree in civil or environmental engineering, environmental science, water resources, or a related field. Knowledge of civil or environmental engineering principles and practices. Knowledge of research design, qualitative and quantitative research methods and analytical techniques. Ability to independently generate research ideas and assess agency research needs. Ability to conceptualize, develop, and manage multiple complex research projects. Ability to manage research projects, analyze data, make recommendations and help implement research recommendations. Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with diverse audiences at the local, state, and national levels, including preparation of publishable articles for professional journals. Ability to direct and train student research assistants or technicians. Skilled in the use of computers and software applications in research specialty area(s).
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About Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT)
The Commonwealth’s Transportation Agency
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is responsible for building, maintaining and operating the state's roads, bridges and tunnels. And, through the Commonwealth Transportation Board, it provides funding for airports, seaports, rail and public transportation.Virginia has the third-largest state-maintained highway system in the country, just behind North Carolina and Texas.