Jr. Transportation Planner/Data Scientist

Updated: 2 months ago
Location: Austin, TEXAS
Job Type: FullTime

Job Title

Jr. Transportation Planner/Data Scientist


Texas A&M Transportation Institute


Programming and Portfolio Management

Proposed Minimum Salary


Job Location

Austin, Texas

Job Type


Job Description

Who are we?

The Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) is an agency of the State of Texas and member of The Texas A&M University System. For 70 years, TTI has addressed complex transportation challenges and opportunities with innovation, objectivity, and unmatched technical expertise. Our staff delivers excellence, value and thought leadership to ensure our research sponsors achieve their goals.

Our Mission and Vision

Our Vision - TTI leads in the creation of knowledge that transforms transportation for the benefit of society.

Our Mission - TTI delivers practical, innovative and sustainable solutions to improve the movement of people, data and goods through research, education and technology transfer.

Our Work Environment

Entrepreneurial culture

Affiliation with Texas A&M University students and faculty

Ability to work with nationally recognized experts

Ability to help train the next generation of transportation professionals

Premier office and research facilities and equipment

Accredited laboratories and safety proving ground

Outstanding research support services

Hybrid work environment/telecommuting

Flexible work hours

Family friendly

High staff retention rates

Leadership development and wellness programs

Data allowance and home office equipment reimbursements

Relocation assistance (if eligible)

Tuition reimbursement program (if eligible)

Our Employee Benefits

TTI employees can choose from several health coverage options offered by The Texas A&M University System for themselves and their families, as well as numerous other benefit programs.


What you need to know

  • Due to the nature of this position, the incumbent in this position will be required to report 100% to their primary duty station (TTI office).

  • The salary range for position is commensurate. Final salary will be determined based on the applicant's qualifications and experience.

Job Summary:

The Research Specialist I is responsible for conducting applied research in the areas of transportation planning, and environmental planning. Works independently, with oversight from TTI Principal Investigator, TTI Program Manager, and overall direction from TTI Division Head. Continued employment in this position is contingent upon availability of funding and satisfactory performance.

Essential Duties:

  • Performs data and statistical analysis. 45%: Assessing and developing new approaches or methods for analyzing data, maintaining large data sets, visualizing data, and providing oversight and direction to student employees.

  • Performs database development and data visualization. 30%

  • Performs project documentation, including technical reports and presentations. 5%

  • Performs task management: 5%

  • Performs internal and external presentations: 5%: Prepare presentations and technical documentation, including contributing to technical reports and formal project reports, and disseminating research findings through conference presentations and publications in peer-reviewed journals.

  • Performs other duties as assigned. 10%

Required Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree in Statistics, Engineering, Planning, or other related field

  • Four (4) years related work experience

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills along with interpersonal and presentation skills.

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint), in Database software (e.g., MS ACCESS, SQL, VBA, etc.), in visualization software (Tableau, etc.), and in Statistical Software (e.g., R, SPSS, SAS, etc.).

  • ArcGIS skills and Python

  • Good verbal and written communication skills in English.

  • Ability to multi-task and work cooperatively with others.

  • Must be able to work on multiple projects simultaneously and meet deadlines, detail oriented, and a problem solver.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Statistics, Engineering, Planning, or other related field

  • Six (6) years relevant work experience.

  • Experience in conducting applied research in the area of transportation planning.

  • Strong data analytical/statistical skills,

  • Experience working with complex datasets, and visualization software.

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to perform common office functions.

  • Ability to frequently communicate with other individuals within the workplace.

  • Ability to operate a computer and other office productivity machinery.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

All positions are security-sensitive. Applicants are subject to a criminal history investigation, and employment is contingent upon the institution’s verification of credentials and/or other information required by the institution’s procedures, including the completion of the criminal history check.

Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer.

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