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Asst Research Professional - Transportation Research Data Scientist - 514195

The University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa, AL

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Pay Grade/Pay Range: Non Classified - Grade NA

Department/Organization: 750401 - Alabama Transportation Institute

Normal Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00am to 4:45pm

Job Summary: The Assistant Research Professional should show evidence of competence in the disciplinary area of the position and demonstrated promise of moving towards excellence in professional leadership, practice, and/or research and scholarly activities as appropriate for the position. As directed, individuals in this track level independently contribute to the planning and design of research and creative projects. He/she performs supporting research and creative activities such as data analysis, monitoring outcomes, performing lab maintenance, and/or performing experiments and creating creative projects. May assist in both short-term and long-term planning and project goals, as well as in research and creative proposals and dissemination of project findings. This is only a representation of possible duties and is not an all-inclusive listing.

Additional Department Summary: Roles and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

This position is responsible for assisting Principal Investigators within the Alabama Transportation Institute (ATI) with managing and analyzing research data and providing a technical resource for research activities.

1. Provides comprehensive data management for multiple research projects including technical leadership and personnel management.
2. Design, plan, and execute data import and manipulation of input data formats (e.g. flat-files, CSV/TSV, JSON, XML, etc.)
3. Plans and directs architecture related to research data for public facing report layout and design.
4. Evaluate existing and potentially create new software and tools to support data processes and to meet research needs.
5. Responsible for ensuring all data is secure.
6. Work daily with data tool sets and software languages, including but not limited to Tableau, R. Python, C#, and SQL.
7. Successfully work on and complete in a timely manner other professional duty as assigned.

Continuation in this position is contingent upon availability of external funding derived from research programs or specific projects.

Required Department Minimum Qualifications: A relevant post-Baccalaureate degree is highly preferred (Master’s degree or higher). For candidates demonstrating comparable independent research and creative productivity, a relevant four-year undergraduate degree (B.A. or B.S.) and one (1) or more years of documented relevant experience may be substituted. May require terminal degree and licensure.

Skills and Knowledge: Outstanding verbal and written communication skills. Demonstrated evidence of successfully engaging with key stakeholders and researchers in public and private sectors and winning their support; proficiency in Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint); operation of standard office equipment. Demonstrated evidence of proficiency with software languages such as Tableau, R, Python, C#, and SQL.

Preferred Qualifications: A minimum of three (3) years of relevant experience with evidence of increasing responsibilities.

Background Investigation Statement: Prior to hiring, the final candidate(s) must successfully pass a pre-employment background investigation and information obtained from social media and other internet sources. A prior conviction reported as a result of the background investigation DOES NOT automatically disqualify a candidate from consideration for this position. A candidate with a prior conviction or negative behavioral red flags will receive an individualized review of the prior conviction or negative behavioral red flags before a hiring decision is made.

Equal Employment Opportunity: The University of Alabama is an Equal Employment/Equal Educational Opportunity Institution. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment or volunteer status without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, age, genetic or family medical history information, disability, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected basis, and will not be discriminated against because of their protected status. Applicants and employees of this institution are protected under Federal law from discrimination on several bases. Follow the link below to find out more. "EEO is the Law" Poster


The University of Alabama embodies an academic community that demands excellence in teaching, research and service and provides an inclusive, nurturing environment for the discovery of knowledge and the development of well-rounded leaders. Founded in 1831 as Alabama's first public college and known as the Capstone of Higher Education, UA provides a premier undergraduate and graduate education built upon global engagement, high-quality scholarship, outstanding teaching, and diversity and inclusivity throughout the community.

Our Mission

The University of Alabama will advance the intellectual and social condition of the people of the state, the nation and the world through the creation, translation and dissemination of knowledge with an emphasis on quality programs in the areas of teaching, research and service.

Our Vision

The University of Alabama will be known as the university of choice for the best and brightest students in Alabama, and all students who seek exceptional educational opportunities. The University of Alabama will be a student-centered research university and an academic community united in its commitment to enhance the quality of life for all Alabamians and the citizens of the nation and the world.

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The University of Alabama is committed to:

  • Undergraduate education that produces socially-conscious, ethical and well-rounded leaders who are grounded in their subject matter and capable of controlling their own destinies.
  • Graduate education that is deeply vested in subject matter knowledge, professional content, research skills and creative activity.
  • Public outreach and service that is held in the highest regard and fosters impactful public engagement to enhance the quality of life for the citizens of Alabama, the nation and the world.
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