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Research Scientist/Engineer 2 (Industrial & Systems Engineering)

University of Washington (Industrial and Systems Engineering)
Seattle, Washington State
$4,649-$5,644 a month
Date posted
Nov 2, 2023

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The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nation’s premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.

At the University of Washington, diversity is integral to excellence. We value and honor diverse experiences and perspectives, strive to create welcoming and respectful learning environments, and promote access, opportunity, and justice for all.


The THINK lab in UW’s Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering has an outstanding opportunity open for a temporary Research scientist / Engineer 2 position. This position is initially for one year term but has the potential to become a permanent position for longer terms.


THINK (Transportation-Human Interaction-and- Network Knowledge) Lab at the University of Washington is an interdisciplinary laboratory whose research and education activities are at the intersection of human mobility behavior, the built environment and the larger infrastructure systems, and data science. The work at the lab answers to some of the most important questions for communities and the larger society relating to America’s prosperity, human well-being, sustainability, and resilience.


THINK lab currently has a wide range of projects supported by a number of federal, state and local agencies and private industries including National Science Foundation (NSF), US Department of Transportation (USDOT), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), UW Global Innovation Fund (GIF), FACEBOOK, and Amazon. The lab works closely with a wide range of stakeholders (government agencies, non-profit, businesses, and communities) and collaborators in multiple continents. There is a need to have a research scientist/engineer to coordinate with various stakeholders and collaborators involved in different projects to achieve project aims, develop a mechanism to sustain these efforts in the long term, maintain internal and external communications of the lab, provide data management, and conduct necessary research support in projects. The research scientist provides support under the guidance of the lab director and he/she will report to the lab director.


for interested candidates, please contact Dr. Cynthia Chen at


Responsibilities include:


Oversight and coordination of project activities = 50%
Lead and conduct of research activities = 50%

The successful Research Scientist/Engineer (RE) requires strong collaboration and communication skills to coordinate stakeholder engagement and involvement of various personnel on projects, and to facilitate organization of different teams. The RE works closely with the lab director, graduate and undergraduate students, postdoc(s), senior personnel and others who work closely with the lab. The RC must exhibit a high level of professionalism, maturity and attention to details as the individual will be the primary liaison between THINK lab and stakeholders and all involved senior personnel and students. Among other duties, the RE will train new students joining the lab and conduct research activities as necessary. The RE must be well organized to successfully coordinate and share information and skillful and timely at reporting to the lab director and co-investigators located at within and outside UW.  The RE must also have sophisticated writing skills to be able to communicate clearly via email, to prepare progress reports, and to assist with drafting manuscripts.

The RC serves as a representative of the THINK lab with collaborators, stakeholders and funding agencies.  The success of the project has potential to increase funding flow to the lab and UW via additional grants.  The work conducted by RE may also result in positive publicity regarding innovative and sustainable methods for maintaining stakeholder relationships and integrating them in research and education activities conducted by the THINK lab.

Position Responsibilities
Details of Major Job Duty & percentage of time: Oversight and coordination of project activities = 50%

• Ensure project goals are well known, communicated and meet project timelines;


• Serve as primary liaison between the THINK lab and stakeholders involved in various   projects; 


• Develop a mechanism to sustain stakeholder engagement in the long term;


• Serve as primary liaison between the THINK lab and collaborators, and students and postdoc(s) via    video conferencing, telephone, email and in-person meetings;


 • Plan and coordinate regularly scheduled team meetings to achieve project aims;


• Identify, track and ensure completion of action items;


• Develop and implement tracking system for collecting and maintaining quantitative and qualitative data collected in the lab;
• Disseminate information and periodic project updates to stakeholders, public, co-investigators and collaborators on a regular basis;
• Prepare human subjects application, modifications and status reports; and
• Prepare and submit progress reports in accordance with grant sponsor requirements.


• Coordinate and present project updates at regular team meetings;
• Assist with manuscript preparation;
• Exhibit professional communication skills in all interactions and maintain effective communication with all stakeholders, collaborators and students and postdoc(s) throughout project

Details of Major Job Duty & percentage of time: Lead and conduct of research activities = 50%

• Lead research activities on existing projects;


• Participate and provide support in research activities led by others; 


• Develop new ideas and proposals; and


• Lead and assist with research and education activities.

Required Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in civil, mechanical, electrical, computer, and/or industrial systems engineering or closely related field, and two years of relevant experience, or Equivalent combination of education/experience;

Other Qualifications
• Knowledge of transportation systems engineering or planning
• Strong programming skills (MATLAB, Python, R, or others)
• Experience with publications in relevant journals and conference proceedings
• Strong communication, presentation and documentation skills.
• Experience in planning, engineering research
• Strong project management and organizational skills; detail oriented
• Demonstrated ability to think independently while coordinating resources needed to meet deadlines
• Must be a problem-solver, self-motivated, and require minimal supervision
• Strong relationship management skills
• Strong interpersonal skills; a cooperative team player, able to develop productive relationships with colleagues and collaborators
• Strong written and verbal communication
• Proficient with the Microsoft office suite, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint


• Strong willingness to learn new skills including data management, web development, and programming

Desired Qualifications
• Work experience in a research environment
• Work experience and/or academic training in research
• Experience recruiting human subjects for research


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