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Transportation Data Scientist

Company: University of Maryland
Location: College Park
Posted on: March 19, 2023

Job Description:

Posting Details

Position Number: 04111007
Title: Faculty Specialist
Functional Title: Transportation Data Scientist
Category Status: 15-Fac.Non-Tenured,Continuing Con
Applicant Search Category: Faculty
University Authorized FTE: 100
Unit: ENGR-Civil-Center for Advanced Transportation Technology
Hiring Range Minimum: $100,000
Hiring Range Maximum: $150,000
Campus/College Information:
Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the state's flagship institution. Our 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C., and the nexus of the nation's legislative, executive, and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, federal departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for our faculty and students abound and are virtually limitless in the nation's capital and surrounding areas. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community, the state of Maryland, and in the world.

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Offers of employment are contingent on completion of a background check. Information reported by the background check will not automatically disqualify you from employment.

Vaccine Protocol
The University of Maryland has made the safety of our students, faculty and staff, and our surrounding communities a top priority. As part of that commitment, the University requires that students, faculty, and staff on the UMD campus be vaccinated against COVID -19. As a prospective and/or a new employee at UMD , you will be required to comply with the University's vaccination protocol. Proof of full vaccination will be required before the start of employment in order to work at any University of Maryland location. Prospective or new employees may seek a medical or religious exemption to the vaccination requirement at return.umd.edu and must have an approved exemption prior to the start of their employment. Failure to provide proof of vaccination or to obtain approval for a medical or religious exemption will result in the offer of employment being rescinded.

Position Summary/Purpose of Position:
The Center for Advanced Transportation Technology ( CATT ) Laboratory is the industry leader for transportation information analysis, visualization, and user interface design. We provide cutting-edge analytics products and an integrated product suite of situational awareness tools for transportation practitioners. These products and services are rapidly changing the way governments operate and make decisions.

We receive hundreds of gigabytes of transportation data daily making our petabytes of archived data likely the largest collection of traffic data in the world. Our clients use our software to analyze that data to generate valuable insights. Our work saves taxpayer money, improves the environment, and saves lives!

We're as passionate about transportation as we are about building great software. We care about building usable, stable, and secure software to analyze massive amounts of data. We use cutting-edge tech to build and maintain our software. We have a mature development process and use industry best practices to build the best software possible. Our team is composed of developers, analysts, testers, UX designers, data scientists, and customer support operating in an Agile environment.

Our office is in College Park near the University of Maryland, easily accessible by DC Metro, MARC train, bus, car, and bike. Local employees are welcome to work from the office or other locations with a flexible schedule around our core hours. We also have many employees who are fully remote and work from different states. UMD requires all employees to live in the US.

We believe varied perspectives build better products, are proud to have a diverse team, and encourage people of all backgrounds to apply.

When you join our team, you will work with software engineering professionals and transportation experts to develop technical methodologies and approaches to transportation big data projects, perform data extraction, cleansing, and transformation, identify potential funding opportunities, lead composition of research reports and journal articles, and manage junior data scientists and student interns.

Essential duties and responsibilities include ability to independently:

  • Develop analytical and statistical techniques (e.g., hypothesis testing, confidence intervals, descriptive statistics, correlation, regression, etc.)
  • Develop and implement technical methodologies for big data projects
  • Implement machine learning models to enhance CATT Lab's current suite of tools
  • Perform data extraction, cleansing, and transformation of large datasets for statistical analysis
  • Identify new datasets for integration with existing tools
  • Manage junior data scientists and student interns
  • Assist in developing UI/UX designs for analytical tools
  • Identify potential funding opportunities
  • Assist in writing proposals
  • Lead composition of research reports, journal articles, and other technical documents
  • Represent the Lab at professional conferences
  • Assist in recruitment of new employees
  • Accurately estimate effort for work tasks
  • Coordinate and collaborate with developers, project managers, and other technical staff Minimum Qualifications:
    • M.S. Degree in Computer Science, Transportation Engineering, or related field

      • 5+ years of expertise with R, Python, SQL and MS Excel
      • 3+ years of experience in predictive modeling, especially with machine learning techniques
      • 1+ years of experience in managing data scientists and/or researchers Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
        • Extensive knowledge and experience with transportation engineering topics
        • Strong background in transportation data collection methods and technologies
        • Strong MS Office skills and ability to concisely communicate approach and results to technical and non-technical audiences (verbal/written) Preferences:
          Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
          • Familiarity with transportation reference manuals (e.g., HCM , MUTCD , AASHTO Green Book, and HSM )
          • Expertise in transportation system performance measures
          • Understanding of public agency perspectives on safety, mobility, and sustainability Additional Certifications:
            Additional Information:
            The A. James Clark's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering ranks in the top 20 public civil engineering undergraduate programs in the country according to the US News and World Report Rankings. In addition to the MTI center, new centers and institutes that have been established include the Maryland Energy Innovation Institute ( MEII ), the Robert E. Fischell Institute for Biomedical Devices ( REFBDI ), and the Quantum Technology Center ( QTC ). The innovation and entrepreneurship programs on campus recently brought the University to the top 10 in Entrepreneurship Magazine.

            The University is located close to NSF , NIH , and other funding agencies, and has strong research ties with government research labs, corporations, and start-ups. The Washington DC area has three major airports and a vibrant culture, is reachable by metro, and has primary and secondary schools that are among the best in the nation. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff who will enhance our stature of preeminence in the three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community, the state of Maryland, and the world.

            Some notable facts include:
            • Received the 8th largest gift in history to a public higher education institution from A. James & Alice B Clark Foundation of $220M. This includes funding to assist faculty and attract and fund first-year domestic Ph.D. students.
            • Faculty work with over 60 competitive teams and student societies that are nationally ranked, such as SAE top 20 finish in Baja 2018 Competition, Solar Decathlon 1st place in US in 2017, and 1st in American Helicopter Society Student competition.
            • 2 NAE members affiliated with Civil and Environmental Engineering.
            • Dedicated external relations staff to help promote faculty research, which has been featured on covers of Washington Post, New York Times, CNN , ABC , Fox News, People Magazine.
            • Opened Clark Hall in January 2018 with almost 40,000 sq ft of lab space and an innovation lab for capstone design projects and student teams.
            • The Great College Park initiative is a $1B public-private investment in the town that is the home of UMD . It is creating not only a dynamic and innovative academic environment, but also a vibrant
            • downtown community with restaurants, new residential units, live music and amenities.
              Posting Date: 10/07/2022
              Closing Date:
              Open Until Filled Yes
              Best Consideration Date 10/31/2022
              Physical Demands
              Diversity Statement:
              The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

              Women, minorities, LGBTQ+, veterans, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

              -Student Posting Contact Information:

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