Overview

The Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (VTC) seeks qualified candidates for the position of Senior Research Specialist. Key duties for this position include: 1) Serves as a Principal Investigator on sponsored projects and programs; 2) Develops original research plans and ensures projects are completed according to work plans, on time, and on budget; 3) Develops and promotes research products; 4) Provides subject matter expertise and technical assistance to a variety of constituencies; 5) Implements appropriate research plans and methodologies while directly or jointly managing project teams; and 6) Writes technical reports, journal articles, and other work products, and prepares and delivers conference presentations.

The Senior Research Specialist will have ample opportunity to demonstrate and expand their knowledge of the nexus between transportation and land use, housing, economic development, climate resilience, and placemaking. They will work for a diverse mix of Federal, State, Regional and Local Public Agencies on a challenging mix of policy, research and applied planning projects.

The ideal candidate will have current experience and expertise in the following areas: transportation planning, spatial analysis using geographic information systems (GIS), community engagement, environmental justice and equity, and sustainable principles and practices. Demonstrated project management experience and the ability to coordinate multiple projects simultaneously will be required. Critical thinking and robust analytical skills are essential. Excellent communication skills, especially compelling writing skills are paramount.

Applicants should possess a Master’s degree in urban planning, public policy, transportation planning or engineering, or a closely related field, or an equivalent combination of education and/or experience. Qualified candidates should also demonstrate knowledge and understanding of planning principles and practices and/or public policy development; quantitative and qualitative research methods and analysis; as well as article/report preparation and submission. A Ph.D. in transportation planning or engineering, public policy, sociology, economics or other closely related social science field is desired but not required. Experience, knowledge and subject matter expertise in the concentrations metropolitan and regional planning; public and stakeholder engagement; and/or transit/paratransit planning and operations are also desired.

Rutgers is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

For more information and to apply: vtc.rutgers.edu/work-at-vtc/

About Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center at Rutgers University

The Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center at Rutgers University (VTC) is a leader in transportation planning and policy research and education with a team of dedicated practitioners and researchers who solve problems, share knowledge, and inform decisions. We engage with our research customers, policy makers, and civic leaders to conduct leading-edge planning and policy research, deliver high-quality training and education programs, and provide insightful technical assistance on a range of planning and policy topics.  Our mission includes a strong commitment to equity, empathy, empowerment, and social justice.

VTC’s unique portfolio blends the freedom of thought and dedication of a mission-driven non-profit with the pace and diversity of work typically found at leading private sector firms. The rich and energetic academic setting provides frequent opportunities to engage with faculty and students. Our location in New Brunswick, New Jersey is easily accessible to both the New York City, NY and Philadelphia, PA and has direct rail connections to Boston, MA and Washington, DC.

VTC is a unit of the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers, one of the nation’s premiere professional schools focused on the theory and practice of planning and public policy scholarship and analysis in the United States. Rutgers University is among America’s highest-ranked, most diverse public research universities.