TTI’s Transit Mobility Program leads in creating knowledge to support and transform public transportation, shared mobility, and multi-modal access for the benefit of society. A Research Scientist supports this vision by serving as a senior researcher, whose accomplishments reflect scientific and professional achievement beyond immediate peers and colleagues. A Research Scientist leads research projects, publishes and presents research results, manages and mentors junior and mid-level researchers and graduate students, and develops and pursues new research opportunities. The incumbent will help develop the Transit Mobility Program’s research in various types of on-demand transportation, including ADA paratransit, demand-responsive transit, taxis, transportation network companies, and other types of on-demand services. A Research Scientist performs these main tasks:
Lead TTI responses to requests for proposals—making strategic decisions regarding research teams and partnerships, research approaches, timelines, and budgets.
Grow and develop new research opportunities with a wide range of sponsors, increasing TTI's footprint in the transportation industry.
Coordinate with colleagues within the Transit Mobility Program, Planning and Engagement Division, across TTI, and across The Texas A&M University System to propose, develop, and execute strategic initiatives for a variety of research topics.
Foster relationships within the public transportation industry while developing technical assistance and technology transfer research projects with transit agencies within and outside the State of Texas
Act as the principal investigator for multiple applied research projects. Manage significant research projects in transit and shared mobility, transportation planning, transit and transportation technology, and related topics.
Maintain consistent, positive communications with research sponsors.
Independently conduct research and manage research projects and staff as needed to deliver on-time, on-budget, high-quality research deliverables.
Use industry-standard analysis practices and methods and develop innovative approaches to address complex research needs.
Design, lead, and perform data collection, data reduction, and data analysis using quantitative and qualitative methods—ensuring methodological rigor and validity of results.
Author and co-author professional and technical reports, papers, and presentations documenting research, data analysis, and results.
Develop opportunities to link research findings to implementation through technical assistance, data analysis, and technology transfer.
Support and develop Transit Mobility researchers through mentorship, knowledge sharing, serving as a senior advisor on projects, and facilitating professional development.
Preferred job location is in Bryan, TX; however, other TTI urban offices will be considered for qualified candidates.
Continued employment in this position is contingent upon availability of funding and satisfactory performance.
30%: Serve as principal investigator to lead research, including literature reviews, data collection, data analysis, report preparation, correspondence, presentations, and meeting with sponsors.
20%: Manage research projects that deal with complex issues regarding funding, operating, managing, and evaluating transit and shared mobility programs. Facilitate planning and problem-solving. Meet with sponsors and organizations.
25%: Promote TTI research, identify possible sponsors, prepare proposals, and develop diverse research opportunities.
10%: Prepare and give presentations to existing and potential sponsors, academic settings, or conference settings. Facilitate discussions among diverse audiences. Publish and formally share TTI research.
10%: Supervise the work and develop the capabilities of others (for example, transportation researchers and graduate research assistants).
5%: other duties as necessary.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Active in professional or academic organizations.
Excellent writing and verbal communication skills.
Knowledge of data analysis and research techniques.
Knowledge of transit funding policies and programs at the federal, state, and local levels.
Knowledge of current research, issues, and innovations in public transit.
Knowledge of transit planning, funding, operations, performance analysis, and regulations for bus, paratransit, and rail modes.
Knowledge of on-demand transportation service planning, policies, operations, performance analysis, software, and technologies.
Ability to synthesize complex information and literature.
Ability to work cooperatively with others (peers) on team assignments.
Ability to present and successfully explain highly technical material for a general audience.
Ability to work as a facilitator in peer groups.
Ability to assign and supervise project work tasks to meet deadlines.
Ability to plan and manage complex multidisciplinary projects.
Ability to track and manage project budgets and expenditures.
Ability to interact effectively with senior management and executives at transportation agencies.
Ability to teach and mentor other researchers to advance their professional development.
Ability to write competitive proposals or grants.
Doctorate in Planning, Engineering, Statistics, Economics, Business, Political Science, Geography, Public Administration, or a related field.
15 or more years of relevant work experience in transit operations, transit planning, transit finance, transit management, and/or transportation research.
10 or more years of research or professional experience in on-demand transportation, including ADA paratransit, demand-responsive transit, transportation network companies, and other mobility-on-demand services.
Experience working with a public or private transportation provider, metropolitan planning organization, council of governments, or similar public agency at the national, state, or local level or with a consulting firm or research entity specializing in one or more of these fields.
Experience conducting original research.
Certification & Licensure Requirements:
Valid Driver's License.
All positions are security-sensitive. Applicants are subject to a criminal history investigation, and employment is contingent upon the institution’s verification of credentials and/or other information required by the institution’s procedures, including the completion of the criminal history check.
Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer committed to diversity.
Required Education and Experience:
Masters in urban and regional planning, public administration, business administration, political science, public affairs, finance, management, economics, statistics, engineering, geography, or other transportation-related field.
8 years of relevant work experience in transit operations, transit planning, transit finance, transit management, and/or transportation research. Must include research or professional experience in on-demand transportation.
Experience conducting research or leading projects related to transit innovations (for example, shared mobility, transit and transportation software and technologies, alternative fuels for transit vehicles, automation in transit, innovative fare payment, and others).
Experience in analysis and various analytical methods.
Experience leading project teams and having a track record of meeting project deliverable requirements and deadlines.
Experience writing technical reports or articles.
Experience performing or supporting research or technical projects with regional, statewide, or national significance.
Track record of publishing or presenting work.
Track record of writing successful proposals and grants.
Internal Number: R-023705
About Texas A&M Transportation Institute
Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) develops solutions to the problems and challenges facing all modes of transportation. The Institute conducts over 700 research projects annually with over 200 sponsors at all levels of government and the private sector. In the laboratory and the classroom, TTI researchers help prepare students for transportation careers.
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