Research Associate

North Carolina, United States
02 Jun 2019
End of advertisement period
02 Aug 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Vacancy Type EHRA Non-Faculty
Is Internal Transfer Only No
Working Title Research Associate
Anticipated Hiring Range $65,000 - $75,000
Position Number 00107380
Work Schedule Monday-Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Full Time Equivalent (FTE) 1.0
Department Institute for Transportation Research and Education
Job City & State Raleigh, NC

Primary Function of Organizational Unit

The Institute for Transportation Research and Education (ITRE) is an inter-institutional research center administered by North Carolina State University. Located within the University’s visionary Centennial Campus, ITRE conducts surface, water, and air transportation research, while providing professional training and educational opportunities. The Institute serves all 16 statewide campuses in the University of North Carolina (UNC) system and partners with transportation professionals around the globe.

The University of North Carolina, Office of the President, designated ITRE in a Memorandum of Understanding to work in partnership with the Technical University of Lisbon in the area of Transportation and Environment. ITRE became a member of the North Carolina Transportation Consortium in 2002, and was the lead institute for the Southeastern Transportation Center (a USDOT University Transportation Center) from 1989-1995.

ITRE is a university-based institute committed to leadership in the study of surface and air transportation issues through fostering analytical thinking, integrating technology in education and research, serving as a catalyst for problem solving, and cultivating professionals and students dedicated to excellence in transportation.

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
• 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)

Other Work/Responsibilities

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.

Minimum Education/Experience

Relevant PhD degree; or a relevant Master’s degree and at least 5 years of related experience is required.

Departmental Required Skills

  • 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.

Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education

  • 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


Special Instructions

Applications must include a cover letter, resume, and three references.

Optional: Technical Writing Sample.

NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

If you have general questions about the application process, you may contact Human Resources at (919) 515-2135 or Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process, please call 919-515-3148.

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