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Department: 062001 - Institute For Trans Research &
Location: Raleigh, NC
Essential Job Duties:
The Research Associate will be responsible for a number of varying tasks including project management responsibilities. The Research Associate will develop, design and conduct transportation research in the focus area of Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CAV) and Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS). The Research Associate will also assist in writing research proposals and may serve as co-investigator or principal investigator on one or more research projects.
The Research Associate position will perform research tasks using various levels of simulation to model the operational, safety, and driver behavior impacts of CAV and ITS. The Research Associate may assist or supervise field data collection and/or equipment installation in support of research projects.
Selection of related past or current projects:
Innovations in Data Visualization Using the Research Data Exchange (RDE) and the Weather Data Environment (WxDE): Results at https://www.its.dot.gov/data/visualizations/
Feasibility and Demonstration of Small Automated Vehicles as a viable Transit Solution in North Carolina (NCDOT RP 2017-25)
Enhancing AV Traffic Safety through Pedestrian Detection, Classification, and Communication (NCDOT RP 2019-28)
Evaluation of the Monroe Expressway Wrong Way Vehicle Detection Program (NCDOT RP 2019-25)
Post-Implementation Evaluation of Integrated Corridor Management (ICM) in North Carolina (NCDOT RP 2019-30)
Post-Installation Evaluation of the Effects of Ramp Metering in North Carolina (NCDOT RP 2018-19)
Research and Support for Automated Traffic Signal Performance Measures (ATSPM) and Signal System Retiming Prioritization (NCDOT RP 2017-45)
Data Fusion for Signalized Arterial Performance Measurement (STRIDE Year 2)
In addition to directly project-related tasks, the Research Associate is expected to assist in preparation of state and national-level proposals, and be involved in group and ITRE staff meetings. The Research Associate is expected to include some travel each year, including national conferences and individual or team data collection trips. The latter may include equipment installation and data collection within the street right-of- way.
Relevant post-Baccalaureate degree, or relevant Bachelor’s degree plus 3 or more years of independent research experience. May require terminal degree and licensure.
Strong analytical, writing, and communication skills.
Proficiency with MS products such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access.
Possess good organizational skills and requires minimal supervision; detail oriented.
Ability to make presentations utilizing good communication and facilitation skills.
Ability to work independently as well as be part of a team.
Demonstrate a high level of initiative and ability to multi-task.
Should be comfortable with public speaking and able to communicate effectively, as individual will be required to give presentations to steering committees on research.
Must be able to lift up to 30 pounds occasionally.
Prefer software experience in Statistical Software (SAS, SPSS, R).
Prefer traffic simulation experience in mesoscopic and macroscopic models.
Prefer optimization and systems modeling experience.
Required license or certification:
Position Number: 00107380
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