Research Scholar

Job description

Posting Number:


Internal Recruitment :


Working Title:

Research Scholar

Anticipated Hiring Range:

$85,000 - $96,000

Work Schedule:

Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Job Location:

Raleigh, North Carolina

Department :

Institute For Transportation, Research & Education

About the Department:

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 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, 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:

  • Responsible for day to day task management related to the development and application of the Triangle Regional Model, an advanced trip-based model and the maintenance of the Triangle STOPS model. The work will require the formulation of, and oversight for developing, updating and applying travel demand models, including developing input data, model application methods, calibration and validation, model reporting, analyzing and visualizing outputs.The ability to integrate model results into project or policy analyses in a team environment will also be required.
  • Responsibilities will include tracking progress, facilitating technical meetings, monitoring team member progress, and ensuring deadlines are met. As the technical lead for the TRM team will provide day-to-day operational guidance and technical leadership on job tasks. This position will direct junior staff in the statistical analysis of traffic and travel survey data, and documenting and presenting methodologies and results.
  • This position requires a solid understanding of travel modeling and systems analysis, and the ability to effectively coach and mentor other team members on assigned work tasks.

Day to day responsibilities of this position include:
• Serve as the technical lead for the Triangle Regional Model and the Triangle STOPS model, including the exploration and implementation of model enhancements, data analytics, and model application.
• Oversee the work of travel demand modelers performing highly complex technical activities related to both model development and application.
• Oversee design of data collection, analysis and interpretation of data used to support transportation modeling and travel forecasting.
• Prepare correspondence and reports regarding project work and deliverables
• Make presentations to clients, government officials, and industry representatives.
• Stay abreast of industry changes and requirements, policies, procedures and legislation.
• Pursue and win new research projects, either as standalone projects or as part of a multi-disciplinary team.

Other Responsibilities:

  • The position is expected to include some travel each year, including national conferences.

Minimum Education and Experience:

  • MS/MA in civil engineering, urban planning, or closely related field. Must have 10-15 years of experience showing increasing levels of responsibility in transportation systems analysis or travel forecasting projects, with at least half of that time as a task manager.

Other Required Qualifications:

• Ability to assist in the development of research proposals related to transportation systems analysis.
• The applicant must possess good written and oral communication skills, and the ability to interact effectively with both technical and managerial members of the TRM team.

Preferred Qualifications:

• PhD highly desirable
• Coursework and a graduate project or thesis involving transportation systems analysis techniques is highly desired.
• Experience with STATA, R, Python, TransCAD, GISDK, STOPS, GitHub, and Asana is highly desired.

Required License(s) or Certification(s):


Valid NC Driver's License required:


Commercial Driver's License required:


Job Open Date:


Anticipated Close Date:

Open Until Filled.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

*In addition to a resume please attach a Resume, Cover Letter and Contact Information for three professional references

Position Number:


Position Type:

EHRA Non-Faculty

Full Time Equivalent (FTE) (1.0 = 40 hours/week):



12 Month Recurring

Mandatory Designation - Adverse Weather:

Non Mandatory - Adverse Weather

Mandatory Designation - Emergency Events:

Non Mandatory - Emergency Event

Is this position partially or fully funded on ARRA stimulus monies?:


Department ID:

062001 - Institute For Trans Research &


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 [email protected] Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process, please call 919-515-3148.

Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. If highest degree is from an institution outside of the U.S., final candidates are required to have their degree equivalency verified at or equivalent service. Degree(s) must be obtained prior to start date in order to meet qualifications and receive credit.

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Job No:
Posted: 4/4/2021
Application Due: 4/9/2021
Work Type: Full Time