Research Assistant

Updated: about 2 months ago
Location: Bryan, TEXAS
Job Type: FullTime

Job Title

Research Assistant


Texas A&M Transportation Institute


Behavioral Research

Proposed Minimum Salary

$3,657.34 monthly

Job Location

Bryan, 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

  • TTI is a Texas based agency. This position has the flexibility of a hybrid remote option with two days in a TTI Texas based office. This can be discussed further during the interview process.

  • The minimum salary for this position is $43,888 annually. Final salary will be determined based on the applicant's qualifications and experience.

Job Summary

Responsible for field data collection and outdoor surveys of motor vehicle occupant behavior.  This is an entry level position that initially involves full-time data collection, with opportunities to grow in other areas in a research program focused on driver/passenger behavior.  Continued employment in this position is contingent upon availability of funding and satisfactory performance.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assists in the coordination and implementation of data collection in support of research projects including extensive travel, observes and records vehicle occupant behavior. 70%

  • Selects and applies standard techniques of routine research and keeps detailed records of data. 10%

  • Performs data analysis, statistical analysis, and technical evaluation of research results. 5%

  • Evaluates and summarizes results. 5%

  • Assists in preparing and writing proposals to funding agencies; maintains financial accounts related to research projects. 3%

  • Assists undergraduate and/or graduate students and other technical or field staff involved in research. 3%

  • Assists with reports, invoices, and cataloging records. 3%

  • Performs other related duties as assigned. 1%

Required Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in a social science or education field (examples: health, liberal arts, education, history, sociology, psychology), or equivalent combination of education and experience (HS diploma/ + 4 YOE)

  • No prior experience required.

Required Licenses, Registrations, and Professional Certifications:

  • Must have a Class “C” vehicle operator’s license or ability to obtain within 30 days of employment

Required Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

  • Knowledge of MS Office Suite

  • Ability to observe moving traffic and collect data on driver and occupant behavior

  • Knowledge of computers and computer software related to the position.

Other Requirements or Other Factors:

  • This position will require extensive travel throughout the State of Texas. Must be available some weekends for travel/data collection.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in a traffic safety or child passenger safety related field

  • Experience in field data collection

  • Fluent in Spanish

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.

  • Ability to travel independently to other locations around the State of Texas to collect data, by driving.

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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