A complete application consists of:
All documents must be in English or include an official English translation.
If you have questions, send an email to USDOT@orau.org. Please include the reference code for this opportunity in your email.
A post-graduate research project and developmental opportunity is currently available at the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) as a Highway Safety Data Fellow. The appointment will be supporting the Safety Data Initiative (SDI), with a primary focus on the transportation safety of pedestrians, bicyclists, and other non-occupants in rural areas. The participant will primarily be participating in the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) Office of Highway Policy Transportation Studies (HPTS), with close coordination with the multi-modal SDI team, led by the Office of the Secretary’s Office of the Under Secretary for Transportation Policy.
FHWA HPTS conducts research to foster innovative transportation policy and legislative initiatives, and facilitate the implementation of these policies and initiatives through strategic planning. HPTS also develops analytical tools and methods to support decision-making. The Under Secretary of Transportation for Policy provides leadership in policy matters affecting all aspects of transportation, and serves as the Departmental focal point for initiatives related to safety across all transportation modes.
The goal of the SDI is to develop DOT’s data-driven approach to decision making as it relates to safety issues. This project will focus on pedestrian, bicyclist, and non-occupant safety. The participant will collaborate with individuals from the Federal Highway Administration, DOT’s other operating administrations, and offices under the Secretary of Transportation such as the Office of Policy Development, Strategic Planning, and Performance, to connect, understand, analyze, and visualize DOT safety databases, data sources outside of the Department, and geospatial data. This project offers a unique opportunity to take a more holistic approach to assessing vulnerable roadway user safety in varying types of rural communities than is generally used. The research participant will integrate data and perform analysis to determine the relationships among demographic/travel behavior variables, crashes, and roadway characteristics, and identify insights that have the potential to help State and local governments responsible for roadway safety hone their investments to address the large portion of traffic fatalities that occur among non-occupants.
The USDOT is actively reviewing applications and is looking to fill positions as soon as qualified applicants are identified.
This program, administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and DOT. The initial appointment is for 12 months, but may be renewed upon recommendation of DOT and is contingent on the availability of funds. The participant will receive an annual stipend commensurate with educational level and experience. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. The appointment is full-time in the Washington, DC area. Participants do not become employees of DOT, DOE or the program administrator, and there are no employment-related benefits.
The qualified candidate must have received a master's or doctoral level degree in the relevant fields.
The participant will have a combination of the following experiences and competencies:
Applicants who received his/her most recent graduate degree more than three years prior to the date of application will not be considered. The program is open to all qualified individuals without regard to race, sex, religion, color, physical or mental disability, or veteran status. The appointment is full time for one year and may be renewed upon recommendation by DOT and contingent on the availability of funds. The participant does not become a U.S. DOT Federal employee.