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    PLEASE NOTE: THIS VACANCY IS LIMITED TO THE FIRST 100 APPLICATIONS RECEIVED AND WILL CLOSE AT MIDNIGHT ON THE CLOSING DATE OR AT MIDNIGHT ON THE DAY WE RECEIVE THE 100TH APPLICATION, WHICHEVER COMES FIRST.

    The Office of Transportation Policy Studies provides senior transportation officials with impartial and empirically-based insights into national policy options for cost-effectively improving the performance of our transportation system, and understanding the relationship between transportation policy choices and the economy.

    The work that you do can save lives; save time; help your fellow citizens get to jobs, schools, and health care; enable fast and efficient delivery of goods and services; and help the government make every transportation investment dollar count. This is a particularly exciting time to be a transportation economist: automation and other technologies are potentially reshaping travel behavior and transportation economics. This is your opportunity to apply your economics skills to understanding what our highways and roadways may mean for all types of transportation – from cars and trucks, to busses, light rail, bicycles, pedestrians – technologies (piloted and robotic) – and even how they fit within the larger context of air, water, and rail transportation.

    The ideal candidate for this position enjoys and excels at applied, data-driven research. Flexibility, creativity, curiosity, and a willingness to take initiative will help you to find—or to create—the projects that interest you the most ensure your research is effective in engaging senior leaders and shaping policy choices. Good time-management skills will enable you to juggle inevitably competing and changing demands and priorities in a dynamic policy environment. Good social skills will allow you to establish a close rapport with our leadership, and colleagues across the transportation community. Good communication skills will enable you to translate complex economic concepts and results into meaningful policy considerations.

    PLEASE NOTE: This vacancy may be used to fill similar positions within 60 days for these locations.

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    Responsibilities

    As an Economist, you will:

    • Identify key economic features associated with emerging transportation trends, technologies, modal options, vehicle markets, and markets for transportation service providers and propose analysis programs to improve FHWA understanding of these trends and their policy implications.
    • Design, build, maintain, and utilize models and datasets necessary to understand how geo-spatial socio-demographic and economic patterns shape transportation options -including mobility services – and the movement of people and goods under a range of potential future technologies and policy options.
    • Plan and execute a research program, including management of contracted research elements, to utilize available resources effectively in providing timely results responding to a range of high-priority questions about the relative importance of key assumptions, trends, or policy features.
    • Identify the significance of research findings for policy development and effectively and impartially communicate your findings to agency decision-makers, the public, and the research community.

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    14

    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    Applications will be accepted from any U.S. Citizen.

    Current/former status employees and VEOA eligible veterans are encouraged to also apply to: FHWA.HPL-2018-0003.

    Questions? This job is open to 2 groups.

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