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Research Scientist

Virginia Dept of Transportation
Charlottesville, Virginia
$65,030 - $96,000
Closing date
Dec 7, 2022

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Transportation Engineering
Position Type
Researcher / Scientist
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The Virginia Department of Transportation’s (VDOT) is excited to announce an opportunity to serve as a Research Scientist at the Virginia Transportation Research Council. This position is located in Charlottesville, Virginia on the campus of the University of Virginia.

This position will independently organize, coordinate, conduct, and implement the findings of the most advanced, extensive, and technically complex research in technical specialty areas and to provide innovative and improved technology and practices through applied and conceptual research, technology transfer and technical assistance. These specialty areas will either be multimodal transportation planning or water resources engineering

Position specific responsibilities and duties will include, but not limited to:


  • Conduct Research: Conceive, plan, direct, and conduct technically complex research in diverse areas of specialty using scientific methodology. Advise Director and manager on proper direction for research program and coordinates Council’s and VDOT’s participation in national research programs. Work with scientists in related fields. Deliver a research program to satisfy needs of Transportation Planning and/or Environmental Research Advisory Committees.
  • Implement and Disseminate Findings: Maintain frequent contacts with VDOT division management to facilitate implementation. Disseminate research findings through papers, refereed publications, and through presentations to state and national audiences.
  • Technology Assistance: Provide technical assistance, management consulting, and technology transfer to a broad spectrum of VDOT personnel, FHWA, and other state and local government officials, and external customers.
  • Professional Development: Maintain state-of-the-art knowledge of the subject matter by keeping abreast of current literature and practices. Develop and maintain relationships with other professionals in the field including VDOT, federal agency, university staff, and other groups in the transportation community. Maintain membership in a national professional association or group. Attend appropriate conferences, institutes, and meetings. Maintain professional competence through participation in task groups, seminars, and technical societies such as TRB, AASHTO, APA, ASCE, and NAEP and review current literature.

VDOT employees serve the citizens of the Commonwealth and travelling public daily through our mission to plan, deliver, operate and maintain a transportation system that is safe, moves people and goods, enhances the economy, and improves quality of life. VDOT is the third largest state maintained highway system in the country, maintaining over 58,000 miles of roads, bridges, and tunnels, and employing over 7700 people through a diverse workforce. Our culture includes teamwork, transparency, nimble learning, creativity and collaboration that values differences.

In addition to a rewarding work experience, VDOT offers excellent health and life insurance benefits, pre-tax spending accounts, state funded Short and Long Term Disability, paid holidays, vacation, tuition assistance, free wellness programs, and a state retirement plan with options for tax-deferred retirement savings including employer matching.

We are a “Virginia Values Veterans” (V3) official certified state agency that provides hiring preference to Veterans and Members of the Virginia National Guard in support of Executive Order 29, (2010). If you are a Veteran or Virginia National Guard Member, we urge you to respond accordingly on your state application.

We have Shared Values and a Code of Ethics. Your success in our organization depends upon modelling these values, therefore visit to review them and, if in agreement, we welcome you to apply.

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