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Research Scientist (Engineering)

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Job Duties


Come join a progressive industry leading organization and make an immediate impact with your research skills!

The research division of the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), the Virginia Transportation Research Council (VTRC), in Charlottesville, VA, is seeking strong engineering researchers to join its Structures research team.

In this highly important role, you will have the opportunity to serve as a Principal Investigator (PI) or co-PI on multiple projects.

You will also have the opportunity to:
• Plan, direct, and conduct research projects within your specialty area.
• Develop research that provides a solution to a problem or an improvement to technologies, processes, procedures, practices or specifications.
• Design and conduct laboratory experiments and/or field trials, as well as collect, analyze, and interpret existing data to solve complex problems within the transportation industry.
• Be able to publish reports, papers, and presentations to national, state, and VDOT audiences.
• Serve in a peer review capacity for colleagues’ final research reports and assist VDOT Divisions with the implementation of research findings.

Additionally, you will be able to monitor and manage contract research, be a liaison between multiple stakeholders as well as have the opportunity to present and lead workshops and participate in professional organizations and research committees.

If you are looking to utilize your research expertise to benefit the general public, we’d love to have you consider VDOT.

Job Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications: 

• A Master’s degree in Civil Engineering, Systems Engineering, Materials Science, or related field.
• Demonstrated knowledge in the specialty areas of structural engineering, bridge design, maintenance and/or inspection with nondestructive evaluation technologies.
• Experience in conducting and publishing transportation research.
• Knowledge of civil engineering principles and practices.
• Knowledge of research design, qualitative and quantitative research methods, and statistical analysis techniques.
• The ability to conceptualize, develop, and manage multiple research projects
• The ability to analyze data, make recommendations and help implement results
• The ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing with diverse audiences at the local, state, and national levels, including preparation of publishable articles for professional journals.
• Proficiency in the use of computer software applications used in structural engineering and data analysis.

Preferred Qualifications:

• A PhD in Civil Engineering, Systems Engineering, Transportation Engineering, or related field.
• Experience in conducting all phases of transportation research including the publication and implementation of results.
• Experience as a principal investigator or integral member of a research team.
• Experience with analysis of datasets, fundamental statistics and computer programming.
• Experience in providing technical consulting to a large, complex organization.
• Successful completion of the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam or possession of a valid professional engineer (PE) license.

Institution Description

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 one of the largest state-maintained highway systems in the country,
 covering 57,867 miles of state-maintained roadways.


Application Due Date: 2019-12-18
Job Start Date: 2020-01-27
Salary: $60851 - $85000
City: Charlottesville
State/Province/Region: VA
Institution: Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT)
Reports To: Research Associate Director
Staff # Reporting to Position: 0
Reports In Office: Transportation Research Council

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