About the Agency
This position is in the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA’s) Office of Safety Research and Development (R&D). This Office is responsible for research and development pertaining to: (1) roadway design from a safety perspective, including geometric design, traffic control devices, roadside features, roadway lighting and visibility issues; (2) human factors associated with existing and new roadway design and operating features or safety problem countermeasures; (3) geometric design and accommodation of pedestrians and bicyclists and other roadway users; (4) safety analysis tools, and (5) Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) connected vehicle research. The Office works extensively with external organizations to assess roadway safety issues; develop a national research and technology agenda to improve roadway safety; conduct highway safety research; and assist in the transfer of improved highway safety methods to highway agencies, metropolitan planning organizations, and others.
The ideal candidate is a research psychologist, human factors scientist/engineer, or human factors program manager with 10 or more years of experience in behavioral/human factors research related to highway safety and a minimum of 3 years of experience in behavioral/human factors research program management. The ideal candidate will have a Ph.D. in human factors psychology, human factors engineering, human factors and ergonomics, or a related field. The ideal candidate’s experience will include behavioral/human factors research using driving simulators, field observational studies, field research vehicles, eye tracking systems, and naturalistic driving. The ideal candidate will have experience in managing a human factors laboratory and multidisciplinary teams. The ideal candidate will have excellent interpersonal skills and excellent written and oral communications skills.
As a Lead Research Transportation Specialist, you will:
- Manage a broad field of human factors research pertaining to safety and operations of (a) traffic system improvements; traffic control device design and implementation; Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) connected vehicle systems; driver characteristics and behavior; driver perception and cognitive processes; driver-vehicle interface, and application of advanced technology.
- Serve as a study leader and/or researcher on complex research studies involving the use of experimental design principles and techniques to solve problems concerning highway user capabilities and limitations to develop new or improved tools for enhancing drivers' understanding of the highway. environment and smart information and control technologies.
- Serve as manager and oversees the operation of the FHWA Human Factors Laboratory.
- Provide technical leadership and/or administrative oversight to a team supported by both government and contract staff, and coordinates with other teams in RD&T, other FHWA offices, and other modes in USDOT.
- Represent FHWA as a national and international expert, providing assistance to State transportation agencies, Department of Transportation, organizations, and other government agencies on problems concerning the application of human factors.
- Author published papers and technical reports on areas such as driver behavior, traffic operations, highway safety, ITS technologies for aiding drivers, etc.