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The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology (OST-R) coordinates the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) research programs and is charged with advancing rigorous analysis and the deployment of crosscutting technologies to improve our Nation's transportation system. The Volpe National Transportation Systems Center, part of DOT/OST-R in Cambridge, MA, has been helping the transportation community navigate the most challenging problems for more than 40 years. Volpe’s mission is to improve transportation by anticipating and addressing emerging issues and advancing technical, operational, and institutional innovations across all modes.

The Volpe Center is seeking experienced professionals and/or recent Masters and PhD graduates to join our team at the GS-0110-9, 11 or 12 level depending on the qualifications of applicant. These new hires, working with project managers and other Volpe colleagues, will employ qualitative and quantitative techniques to solve problems in all modes of transportation. We are also seeking an Economist, GS-0110-13.  The work that you will perform in this role can save lives, save time, reduce emissions, promote civil rights, and help the government make every dollar count. You will gain new skills and be able to guide your career along any number of possible paths, from more technical to more managerial. Staff who succeed in this position have improved their leadership abilities, interacted with clients effectively, and grown into subject matter experts.

The ideal candidate for these positions enjoys and excels at applied research. If you have already sought out and enjoyed a rigorous academic curriculum and research experience, you will be happy with our work. Flexibility, creativity, curiosity, and a willingness to take initiative will help you to find—or to create—the projects that interest you the most. Good social skills will allow you to establish a close rapport with our clients both over the phone and in the field. Here is your opportunity to study trains, planes, automobiles, boats, buses, bicycles, traffic lights, pipelines, sidewalks, or hyperloops—yes, even hyperloops.


Application deadline: February 21, 2018