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Texas A&M Transportation Institute TTI Assistant Research Scientist in Bryan, Texas

Job Title

TTI Assistant Research Scientist


Texas A&M Transportation Institute


Center of Alcohol & Drug Education

Proposed Minimum Salary


Job Location

Bryan, Texas

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Job Description

COVID-19 information: TTI monitors and updates our recruiting, hiring and onboarding processes to align with local, state and federally mandated health guidelines to keep employees, prospective employees, and visitors as safe as possible. To ensure a safe and healthful work environment for all, each department has established both remote and in-person procedures for conducting these processes, which include sanitizing common spaces, a mask policy, and maintaining safe physical distancing to the extent possible. Departments will communicate these procedures at each step of the recruiting process.

Job Summary:

The purpose of this position is to assist CADES program manager in preparing, delivering, and evaluating education outreach efforts and serve as Principal Investigator in the production of relevant research products/writings. Interact appropriately with prospective course participants and research subjects to include: scheduling, registering, surveying, instructing and evaluating performance metrics. Support both instructional and non-instructional activities related to the development of alcohol/drug training and research product and materials. Perform and support program administration and sponsored projects that are assigned. Assist other CADES instructors/researchers in the preparation of content material and the deployment of on-site and e-based trainings, meetings and forums. Coordinate alcohol and drug training program registration, scheduling, and record-keeping. Provide quality instruction in alcohol/drug trainings, meetings and forums. Conduct and support research as well as manage day to day activities of sponsored research projects assigned. Continued employment in this position is contingent upon availability of funding and satisfactory performance.

Essential Duties:

  • Assist CADES Director in preparing, delivering and evaluating alcohol/drug/traffic safety education efforts. 10%

  • Manage, conduct and oversee projects as a principle investigator. 40%

  • Complete and conduct complex data analysis and experimental design on new or existing research projects. 20%

  • Provide strategic direction and improvements to projects managed. 10%

  • Develop and complete comprehensive project proposals for funding at the state and national level. 10%

  • Develop and maintain relationships with potential project sponsors. 5%

  • Prepare and publish journal quality written reports and articles that promote research conclusions and findings as well as present these findings at state and national conferences/forums. 4%

  • Other duties as assigned 1%

Required Education and Experience:

  • Masters in related field

  • 3 years related work experience

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • A motivated and enthusiastic self-starter with proven ability to set priorities, manage multiple concurrent activities in a fast-paced environment with minimal supervision.

  • Extraordinary attention to detail and ability to perform error-free work.

  • Demonstrated skill and experience with the MS Office suite of programs, especially PowerPoint.

  • Mastery of, or interest in mastery of internet search techniques, tools and systems. Ability to adapt quickly to specialized computer application and willingness to learn new systems and tools.

  • Experience in supporting research or other complex projects.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.

  • Must be proficient in English. Good judgment and sensitivity to confidential information. High energy level, curiosity, enthusiasm, and flexibility.

  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team. Demonstrated ability to adapt to changing environment and flexibility to learn/take on new tasks to improve efficiency of the group.

  • Strong problem solving and analytical skills. Strong organizational skills which can be employed to individual work as well as to assist support other team members.

  • Strong sense of internal and external customer service. Able to travel by automobile and/or air. Available for overnight travel.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experienced in grant project management and proposal development at the local, state, and national level

  • Experience in supporting, conducting and managing traffic safety research or other complex projects.

  • Experience in transportation, safety, education, and/or impaired driving.

  • Experience in the development of surveys and evaluation instruments.

  • Experience in drafting, reviewing and editing technical papers/reports.

  • Experience in supporting and/or conducting outreach/awareness/educational activities.

Registrations, Certifications, and Licenses:

  • Texas Driver's License

All positions are security-sensitive. Applicants are subject to a criminal history investigation, and employment is contingent upon the institution’s verification of credentials and/or other information required by the institution’s procedures, including the completion of the criminal history check.

Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer committed to diversity.

Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) develops solutions to the problems and challenges facing all modes of transportation. The Institute conducts over 700 research projects annually with over 200 sponsors at all levels of government and the private sector. In the laboratory and the classroom, TTI researchers help prepare students for transportation careers. Recognized as one of the premier higher education-affiliated transportation research agencies in the nation, TTI’s research and development program has resulted in significant breakthroughs across all facets of the transportation system. TTI research is widely known as an excellent value with a proven impact of saving lives, time and resources. TTI’s greatest strength is its people, many of whom are recognized national and international leaders in their fields. TTI employs over 600 professionals, students, and support staff from 18 different countries. TTI researchers serve as objective transportation experts, providing an important resource to local, state, and national agencies and groups. TTI’s headquarters is located on the campus of Texas A&M University in College Station. The Institute maintains a full-service safety proving grounds facility; environmental and emissions facility; and sediment and erosion control laboratory in Bryan, Texas, as well as many other laboratories and facilities on the Texas A&M campus. TTI has eight offices in Texas—Arlington, Austin, Dallas, El Paso, Galveston, Houston, San Antonio and Waco—and offices in Washington, D.C. and Mexico City. TTI also has a presence in Doha, Qatar, at Texas A&M University at Qatar. Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) provides equal opportunity to all employees, students, applicants for employment, and the public regardless of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Texas A&M Transportation Institute will promptly investigate all complaints of illegal discrimination, sexual harassment, and related retaliation in accordance with applicable federal and state laws.

TTI invests in its most important asset: its employees. TTI offers a comprehensive benefits package, a wellness program with three focus areas: Physical, financial and emotional, and training and professional development.

If you need assistance in applying for this job, please contact (979) 317-2055.

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