Senior Research Engineer/Scientist
Civil & Environmental Engineering
Dr. Taha Marhaba
Under the supervision of the Chair, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, the Senior Research
Engineer/Scientist leads, coordinates, and performs complex sponsored research activities in the field of transportation, including transportation planning, modeling, systems engineering and analysis, and Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS). In this capacity the incumbent in this position serves as project lead and coordinator for activities related to research programs such as Transportation Economic and Land Use System (TELUS) and ITS Resource Center.
The Senior Research Engineer/Scientist works with NJIT faculty, professional and research staff, as well as students on variety of transportation projects. He/she is responsible for overseeing, coordinating, and participating in a variety of tasks related to research projects, including: preparing research proposals
(including research scope, schedule and budgets), technical analysis, supervision of research work performed by graduate research assistants assigned by faculty advisors, development of research project documentation, technology transfer activities, communication with research customers, and business development.
- Conducts research towards developing analytical and business models, as well as software tools to be used for regional and metropolitan transportation planning and programming, including performance-based planning and programming.
- Leads and coordinates development, maintenance and deployment of transportation planning and modeling tools, including land use models, capital budgeting optimization models, and data management and analytics tools. Leads and coordinates development and maintenance of documentation for these models.
- Coordinates with various federal, state and local agencies development and integration of transportation planning and analysis methods and models into existing transportation planning and modeling systems.
- Leads and coordinates development of optimization methods and models to be applied in various types of transportation modeling and planning applications using mathematical optimization techniques and software packages such as LINGO, GAMS, and CPLEX. Coordinates development, testing, deployment and integration of optimization models employing mathematical programming and queuing theory.
- Leads and coordinates GIS projects and mapping solutions for clients, including data collection, GIS development, GIS datastorage and maintenance, and production of maps and other GIS products according to client's needs.
- Is responsible for gathering and analyzing research project requirements and client's needs through interviews, workshops, and literature review. Documents the results of this analysis using the appropriate templates or analysis tools. Based on this analysis, proposes a research approach and techniques to be
used in addressing identified issues and needs.
- Coordinates preparation of technical scopes of work, project schedules and costs estimates; reviews and comments on scopes of work; obtains comments on these submissions from state and federal agencies, and other research customers as appropriate.
- Develops and coordinates training activities for clients at federal, state and local agencies on usage and maintenance of application developed as part of the transportation research programs at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
- Presents results of research activities at various conferences (e.g. AMPO, NARC, and TRB) and meetings.
- Represents the Department of Civil Engineering and transportation research program at industry and academic events, including seminars and conferences.
- Coordinates the preparation of promotional and outreach materials for research projects and programs, including website contents, brochures, and materials for display at conferences.
- Participates in marketing activities aimed at generating and identifying new funding opportunities for the transportation research at NJIT.
- Assists faculty with graduate student guidance and mentoring by providing expertise and advice in the areas of transportation planning, modeling, systems engineering and analysis, and Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS).
- Attends meetings as necessary with other research staff, NJIT faculty, and students.
- Performs other related duties as assigned by the Chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
-Diploma from an accredited college with a Master's degree in Transportation or Urban Planning with a minimum of ten years of progressive experience relevant to the position is required.
- Five years of progressive experience in transportation and land use modeling. Knowledge of analytical background, development, and application of four-step transportation demand models (including trip generation, trip distribution, mode-split, and traffic assignment) and spatial allocation models
- Minimum of five years progressive experience in computer based transportation planning and analysis with emphasis on travel demand modeling, preferably TransCAD and CUBE.
- Must be familiar with mathematical optimization theory (especially mathematical programming and queuing theory) and application of optimization concepts in transportation systems analysis.
-Working experience with optimization software packages, preferably GAMS, LINDO/LINGO, or CPLEX.
- Must be familiar with basic statistical analysis concepts and data development practices in transportation, and be proficient user of Microsoft Excel or similar spreadsheet software.
- Must have working experience with GIS, preferably ESRI ArcGIS and MapInfo.
- Working experience with database development, including ability to develop database projects in Microsoft Access and/or SQL.
-Must have excellent oral and written communication skills.
At the university's discretion, the education and experience prerequisites may be excepted where the candidate can
demonstrate to the satisfaction of the university, an equivalent combination of education and experience specifically preparing the candidate for success in the position.
- Knowledge of the project development process employed by NJDOT, as well as general familiarity with NJDOT policies and procedures.
-Knowledge of Federal, State and Metropolitan planning process and requirements under Public Law 109-59.
-Knowledge of State/MPO Transportation Improvement Program development process.
-Knowledge of regional and local transportation planning practices in New Jersey, as well as planning theory and practices nationwide.
-Working knowledge of regional and local transportation planning and engineering practices in New Jersey, as well as
basic transportation engineering theory and practices nationwide. Some experience in computer based traffic analysis
using Synchro and Paramics is desirable.
- Knowledge and working experience using data analysis tools such as New Jersey Congestion Management System (NJCMS), New Jersey Accident Record Database (NJARD), and Census Transportation Planning Package (CTPP).
Knowledge of multimedia and graphic applications, including Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft VISIO, and others, as well as desktop publishing software used to create promotional material is a plus.
- Knowledge of modeling concepts of Transims, DRAM/EMPAL (Metropilus), and Urbansim (or other simulation model for integrated land use and transportation planning and analysis).
-Working experience with computer programming, preferably VisualBasic and/or Java.