Scientist / Research Eng General

Palo Alto, CA

Posted: 09/30/2019 Employment Type: Contract Job Industry: Automotive Job Number: 19-02235
This assignment is a US Government Contract which requires all applicants to be US Citizens.

No third-party applicants will be considered. If you are a third party contracting company, please do not respond to this position.

Position Description:
The candidate will play a pivotal role in developing new mobility products and services at Ford’ s Research and Innovation Center in the heart of Silicon Valley. They will be an integral part of Ford’ s Mobility Research department, a varied and interdisciplinary group within Research and Advanced Engineering that is dedicated to cutting-edge research to improve transportation accessibility, mobility, and sustainability for all. The candidate will support research projects helping Ford develop and simulate new and innovative mobility solutions, including microtransit, dynamic shuttles, smart cities, and connected and automated vehicles. The position requires a combination of technical and soft skills, as well as experience with project management. Major responsibilities of this position include: • Project management to deliver microtransit pilot projects, working directly with transit agencies and Ford subsidiaries • Support an array of research projects as needed with data analysis and visualization, writing journal articles, invention disclosures, patents, and other IP • Perform collaborative work with other groups internal and external to Ford, including National Labs, Universities, Cities, and Ford subsidiaries • Support efforts to evaluate and benchmark transportation modelling and simulation software both traditional software (e.G. CUBE and VISSIM) and those more focused on new mobility • Help implement transportation modelling and visualization software that can show how Ford mobility solutions can improve cities’ transportation systems.

Skills Preferred:
• Project management experience, including responsibility for managing a budget • Experience with data analytics software and scripting such as python, R, Stata, Tableau, etc. • Experience manipulating urban data sets, including location-based and Census data, for transportation modelling/analysis • Experience in transportation planning or modeling (coursework counts). Examples include but are not limited to: 1) Discrete choice or travel behavioral modeling using R, Biogeme, or other software; 2) Shared mobility modelling/simulation techniques using open source platforms such as MATSIM or other agent-based tools; 3) Traditional travel demand modeling (e.G. With TransCAD or CUBE) and/or activity-based modelling.) • Ability to learn new software quickly and assist with evaluating and benchmarking tools. (Examples of relevant software include: ArcGIS, PTV Vissim/Visum, Aimsun, TransModeler, CUBE, TransCAD, MATSIM, SUMO, and Ford-developed simulations, optimization models, and data architectures.) • Experience using APIs and/or contributing to open-source software via Github, especially transportation modeling software such as MATSIM, SUMO, etc. • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic work environment

Experience Required:
• 2+ years’ experience in the transportation planning or engineering field, e.G. With a government agency, consulting firm or University research lab

Experience Preferred:

Education Required:
• M.S. In Transportation Engineering, Urban Transportation Planning, or equivalent

Education Preferred:
• PhD. In Civil Engineering, Urban Planning, or equivalent

John Simmons
Director of Business Development

John is currently the Director of Business Development for Contract Professionals, Inc. He currently manages the Green Bay, Wisconsin office and works with clients in Wisconsin, as well as several clients located throughout the United States.

John started his career in talent acquisition in 1998 in Boston, Massachusetts. For the past 20 years, John has worked with clients throughout the U.S. providing contingent and permanent staffing solutions in the areas of engineering, information technology and government/defense related positions.

John works directly with hiring managers and corporate recruiters to understand their staffing goals and future needs, in order to support their hiring initiatives.

In his free time, John enjoys golfing and spending time with his family and their dog “Inky."

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