Research Associate

Position Number: 00105982

Primary Function of Organization Unit: ITRE is an inter-institutional research center administered by North Carolina State University. The Travel Behavior Modeling Group conducts travel behavior related research, and within the group, the Triangle Regional Model Service Bureau (TRMSB) develops and maintains the Triangle Regional Model (TRM); the travel demand model for the Research Triangle region of North Carolina. The Triangle region is one of the fastest growing regions in the country, and the TRM model has been used to analyze policies and investment strategies in Metropolitan Transportation Plans to address challenges that come with growth. The model has been used to evaluate land use scenarios, toll facilities, high occupancy toll lanes, and various transit investment options, such as light rail, commuter rail, and bus rapid transit. The region has invested in extensive data collection efforts to support developing the model including household travel surveys in 1995, 2006, and 2016 (and recurring biennial update program), transit on board surveys, a commercial vehicle survey, and a parking behavior survey. These and other data sources make it possible in the future to develop new and improved modeling tools for the region.

Essential Job Duties: The Research Associate will support the development and improvement of the TRM. The Research Associate will be responsible for carrying out the following duties: - Analyzing travel behavior data to develop models of the purpose, amount, distribution, mode, and time of day of travel. - Developing application programs to apply the models that have been developed. - Designing and overseeing the collection of travel behavior data and transportation supply data to support the development of the travel models. - Documenting the models developed and providing training in their use. - Supporting the application of the TRM for developing the Metropolitan Transportation Plan and Transportation Improvement Plan for the Triangle region. - Supporting the development of research proposals, and conducting research activities.

Minimum Education/Experience: Master's Degree in urban or regional planning, engineering, geography, mathematics, statistics, economics, or related field.

Department Required Skills: - An understanding of travel behavior; - Knowledge of advanced mathematical and statistical tools and their use for modeling travel behavior; - An understanding of computer programming, and computer programming experience; and - An understanding and knowledge of travel demand forecasting tools and techniques. - Strong written and verbal communication skills and the ability to present technical information to a lay audience.

Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education: - Some experience developing travel demand models. - Experience with TransCAD and GISDK programming. - Knowledge of the metropolitan transportation planning process. - Understanding of use of transportation modeling applications in the metropolitan transportation planning process. - Understanding of geographic information systems, and of land use forecasting.

Necessary Licenses and Certifications: N/A

AA/EOE: 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.

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