Senior Research Specialist

Organization: Rutgers - Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center

Posted: November 2, 2020 | Closing: December 2, 2020

Job Description

The Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey seeks qualified candidates to fill the Senior Research Specialist position.  The center’s research portfolio includes projects that address a broad range of planning and policy topics, including: regional planning, transit-oriented development, bicycle and pedestrian transportation, transit planning, emerging mobility options, human services transportation, and others. The senior research specialist will potentially lead projects as well as provide project management and research support on assigned projects.  Responsibilities include:

  • Serves as Principal Investigator (PI), Co-PI, project manager and/or task leader overseeing the execution of work plan tasks on externally-funded projects and programs;
  • Conducts qualitative and quantitative research, applied planning, training and technical assistance activities;
  • Writes proposals and contributes to business development activities in order to maintain and grow the level of external funding available to support the center’s research, planning, training and technical assistance activities;
  • Enhances the visibility of the center and the center’s programs/work products by participating on industry-related external committees, making presentations at conferences, writing and co-authoring reports and articles; and
  • Provides subject matter expertise and technical assistance to outside agencies, professionals, policy makers, and the general public.

The candidates filling this position will be initially assigned to support the NJ Bicycle and Pedestrian Resource Center project, as well as to support and provide leadership on the Middlesex County Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan Update project, the Middlesex County Vision Zero initiative, and North Jersey Transportation Authority (NJTPA) Complete Streets Outreach and Technical Assistance project and other projects as needed.

The ideal candidate will have current experience and expertise in the following areas: bicycle and pedestrian planning, urban design, transportation planning, community engagement, transportation equity, and complete streets. The successful candidate will have demonstrated project management experience and the ability to coordinate multiple projects simultaneously. Additionally, the candidate will have a passion for creating a safe walking and bicycling environment for people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds.  Critical thinking and robust analytical skills are essential. Excellent communication skills, especially compelling writing skills are paramount. The ability to collaborate effectively internally and with external partners is also required.


  • Master’s degree in urban planning, public policy, transportation planning or engineering, or closely related field, or an equivalent combination of education and/or experience.
  • Requires a demonstrated 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; as well as subject matter expertise related to bicycle and pedestrian research and planning.
  • Requires excellent written and verbal communication skills and computer literacy.

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.

Preferred Knowledge and Expertise:

  • In-person and online outreach, engagement, and summit/conference planning
  • Bicycle and pedestrian planning such as tactical urbanism, walkability and road safety audits, bicycle and pedestrian network plans, and complete streets conceptual plan and renderings.
  • Research, evaluation and policy assessment using quantitative and qualitative research methods and tools (e.g., survey design, focus groups, Stata, R, SPSS, ArcGIS) applied to projects such as crime and walking, bike share pilot evaluation, crash analysis.
  • Active transportation training including projects such as bicycle and pedestrian advisory council, complete streets workshops, and walkability audit training.
  • Demonstrated technical and non-technical professional writing.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of transportation design fundamentals, including familiarity with design guidelines (i.e., AASHTO, NACTO, FHWA, ITE, MUTCD, ADA, etc.)
  • Graphic design – Must be proficient to above average in Adobe Creative Suite – InDesign report development, rendering, illustration etc.

Salary will be competitive, and commensurate with experience within University guidelines for this position.  See job positing for salary range.  These positions are part of the Alternate Benefit Program (ABP). Information on the benefits associated with the ABP can be found on the Rutgers University website at the following link:



How to Apply

Interested candidates should apply via the internet through the Rutgers University Office of Human Resources at the following link:

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