Sr. Scientist, Civil & Environmental Engineering

Newark, DE
May 19, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

University of Delaware

Job Title Sr. Scientist, Civil & Environmental Engineering
Job ID 104604
Location Newark, DE

Sr. Scientist - Civil & Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering


DEADLINE: May 24, 2017

Under the direction of the Director, the Sr. Scientist provides direction and management to the development of independent, externally funded research programs for the Railroad Program and has broad impact, internally and externally, on research and/or funding success of the Railroad Program. The Sr. Scientist must demonstrate excellence in research, project management, and industry presence and be a contributor to the railroad community through high-quality publications in the journals and conferences most commonly used in this industry. The Senior Scientist exercises a high level of independent judgment and self-direction of scholarship, publications, and/or creative activities.

  • Identify new research areas with the potential of significant growth to the Program's activity. Work with the Director to establish goals and evaluate metrics for success. Conduct independent, scholarly, interdisciplinary research in the area of railway engineering and safety.
  • Develop competitive proposals as PI or Co-PI and assist in securing independent funding for projects. Actively solicit external funding in order to establish and maintain a strong research program. Including collaboration with faculty within the College of Engineering, UD and other academic institutions to pursue large multi-disciplinary national and international funding opportunities.
  • Conduct independent as well as collaborative research with faculty, visiting professionals and students
  • Manage and provide technical guidance to students and research staff. .
  • The Sr. Scientist must also be able to teach railroad related courses under the program, in an Adjunct faculty role.
  • Partner with the Director in strategic planning and coordination, including setting strategic goals/objectives and budget, and fostering improvements in policies/procedures for the Program.
  • Manage multiple programs or projects including both management and research responsibilities.
  • Supervise Graduate students, Research Associates, and undergraduate students.
  • Establish industry partnerships through seminars, industrial meetings, and/or symposia such as the annual Big Data in Railroad Engineering Conference.
  • Foster technical innovation through research collaboration with our industrial and academic partners. Transition key research findings into economic opportunities benefiting the Program and the University. Write reports on the work performed for publication as technical reports and publications in appropriate scholarly or industry journals and present at local, national and international meetings.
  • Assume other technical responsibilities as assigned by the Director.


Master's degree in Engineering (PhD preferred) and Master's degree in Business Administration and twenty years of directly related experience in railroad engineering related research, project management, and industry collaboration. Experience in Railroad Track Engineering, Track Maintenance Planning and Forecast Modeling, Track and Rail Vehicle inspection systems, inspection data analysis, and working with Class 1 railroads, commuter and passenger rail systems, metros systems both in the US and overseas. Demonstrated ability to develop external sources of funding to provide support for research activities in railroad engineering and safety, as well as supplemental funds for supporting administrative staff. Established record of publications and presentations in national and international forums recognized within the railroad industry. Comprehensive knowledge of scientific concepts and theories in area of specialty. Knowledge of scientific approach and methodologies; knowledge of scientific research principles, practices, and protocols. Ability to utilize advanced computer statistical and technical applications; to plan, develop, and coordinate multiple projects; to design, organize, and coordinate scientific research projects; to use independent judgment to develop model concepts and approaches for research; to plan, develop, and manage highly influential and/or groundbreaking research projects in area of expertise; to conduct systematic analysis and develop solutions to complex scientific problems. Skill in organizing resources and establishing priorities. Knowledge of management principles and practices. Effective interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.

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