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 Pavements team. Candidates must have experience in conducting research in the areas of pavement materials, construction, design, and/or management. The successful candidates in this position will conceive, plan, direct, and conduct research projects within their specialty area. This position will have the opportunity to serve as a principal investigator or co-PI on projects.
This position will require the development of research that provides a solution to a problem or an improvement to technologies, processes, procedures, practices or specifications. Successful candidates will collaborate with support staff and others to design and conduct laboratory experiments and/or field trials, as well as collecting, analyzing, and interpreting existing data to solve problems of interest to VDOT. This position will also disseminate research findings through written reports, published papers, and presentations to national, state, and VDOT audiences. Successful candidates must be willing to provide peer reviews of colleagues’ final research reports and assist VDOT Divisions with the implementation of research findings. Successful candidates may also be required to manage and monitor contract research being conducted by universities. This position will also be expected to provide technical assistance, consultative advice, and technology transfer to a broad spectrum of VDOT personnel, FHWA, and other state and local government officials, and external customers. This position will require candidates to participate in relevant professional organizations and research committees, such as the Transportation Research Board. This position will also require candidates to present and lead workshops on specialty areas and current research topics, as needed.
A Master’s degree in Civil Engineering, Materials Science, or related field is required. This position requires demonstrated knowledge in the specialty areas of pavement materials, construction, design, or management. Experience in conducting and publishing transportation research is required. Qualified candidates must have: 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. Candidates must also have a proficiency in the use of computer software applications used in pavement engineering and data analysis.
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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.