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Washington State Transportation Center (TRAC), a research center within Civil and Environmental Engineering has an outstanding opportunity for a Senior Research Engineer.
This position will be responsible for developing and conducting research in data science and management in the domain of transportation. They will be responsible for building land using large databases that manipulate public data that describe the use and performance of public transportation systems, including transit systems and roads.
The research project will build an operational data system that routinely takes as inputs; sidewalk features and characteristics data, on-demand transit data, and data that describe the layout and characteristics of transit centers, and makes that data available for routing, navigation, and other applications. As a second part to this project, applications will be constructed that use the data system to generate routing instructions for people with disabilities or that provide other types of travel benefits.
RESPONSIBILITIES: This individual will be responsible for the development of the database architecture, the development of system requirements, and the management of the software engineering effort. They will also be involved in further development and refinement of the existing data development and processing steps in order to refine the current data collection and vetting process to account for new data sources being provided by the transit agencies so that the data can be shared with various stakeholders. This position will also be directly involved in helping application developers from outside the University of Washington build applications which access the data being stored by the university in order to provide additional transportation services. Finally, this position will also be responsible for helping obtain new project funding in the area of the collection, manipulation and use of large transportation datasets. Of particular emphasis is future work in the areas of accessible transportation and tolling systems, as considerable research is needed in both of these areas.
Research Sponsors/Stakeholders (e.g. NIH, NSF, other schools or research institutions, etc.) The current project is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation. In the future, other funding is expected to come from sources such as Sound Transit, King County Metro, the Washington State Department of Transportation, and other regional and state transportation service providers.
REQUIREMENTS: •Doctoral degree in Transportation, Computer Science, or related degree AND seven or more years experience. Equivalent experience can be substituted for degree requirement. •Demonstrated knowledge of transit operations, transit operations data, toll transaction data, manipulation and security of large datasets. Knowledge of SQL, Python, GIS
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
DESIRED EXPERIENCE •Database administration, data visualization, graph databases.
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