Research Associate – Engineering/ Planning

Position Description
The position available is a temporary position for 20 to 40 hours per week. The successful candidate will bring passion and preferably some experience in transportation safety and/or pedestrian and bicycle-related research. This position will provide expertise and leadership in a variety of ongoing pedestrian and bicycle research projects and programs at HSRC, including the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center. The individual selected will be responsible for assisting in the management of projects as well as independently developing new ideas, designing studies, and assisting with obtaining funding for future work. This position will work closely with Center team members and clients to accomplish work and meet project deadlines, and establish priorities independently to achieve success. This position will lead a variety of research and program activities, including but not limited to:

  • Conduct and support pedestrian and bicycle research projects, including study design, data collection, implementation and management, data analysis, and publication/presentation of findings.
  • Work with crash data, Census data, and other data sources and perform spatial analyses using ArcGIS software.
  • Perform detailed literature reviews and synthesize existing research.
  • Assist with developing proposals and securing funding for both short- and long-term projects.
  • Develop, review, and edit website content for the and sites, among others.
  • Develop and provide technical assistance and training to professionals and other audiences regarding pedestrian and bicycle design and planning.

A Master’s degree or higher in an appropriate discipline, including (but not limited to) city and regional planning, civil engineering, geography, public health, or statistics is required along with three to five years of experience in conducting applied research, the majority of which should be in pedestrian and bicycle safety, planning, or design. All degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions. The candidate must have the ability to work within a research environment and adhere to UNC communication and privacy policies.

The successful candidate will have:
A breadth of knowledge related to planning and design concepts to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety.

  • A solid grounding in applied research and GIS/spatial analysis techniques.
  • The ability to develop and lead project and research activities in a team-oriented environment.
  • Strong writing skills as well as attention to detail.
  • The ability to work independently to meet project deadlines.
  • Organizational skills to manage multiple tasks and deadlines effectively.
  • Strong presentation and verbal communication skills.

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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

If you have any questions about employment at HSRC, contact:

Ms. Blake Allen
Human Resources Manager
730 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. CB #3430
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3430

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an Equal Opportunity Employer.