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Apply now Job no: 250734-AS
Work type: Onsite, Staff-Full Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Research

Job Summary:

The Wisconsin Traffic Operations and Safety Laboratory (TOPS Lab), part of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is a comprehensive, state-of-the-art program spanning many elements of transportation research and development. The TOPS Lab is the focal point for traffic operations and safety research at UW-Madison, providing a forum for classroom teaching and experimentation with the latest transportation technologies and systems. With over 40 research projects active at any time, the TOPS Lab also provides research and engineering services to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) and other local, state, coalition, and federal organizations.

The TOPS Lab works closely with the WisDOT Bureau of Traffic Operations and associated multistate transportation operations programs on a variety of initiatives related to transportation technologies, data collection, systems engineering, performance measures, spatial information and asset management, and traveler information. The TOPS Lab is at the forefront of automated and connected vehicle technologies in Wisconsin.

The TOPS Lab is seeking a qualified individual to fill the position of Transportation Systems Researcher. This position is an excellent opportunity for technical growth and project management responsibilities, while researching and developing state-of-the-art techniques to improve transportation systems operations throughout the region. The position is part of the TOPS Lab, and reports to the TOPS Lab Managing Director.

About the Job:

Researcher II (RE041)

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Master's Degree in engineering, preferably civil or transportation, or closely related systems engineering discipline.


Minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience:

Minimum of 2 years of professional (non-school) experience desired. The candidate must have sufficient technical background, through a combination of education and work experience, to understand complex transportation issues in engineering, research, systems development, and data science. The successful candidate will have background and familiarity with all or some of the following:
- Traffic engineering, traffic operations, intelligent transportation systems;
- Transportation systems management and operations (TSM&O);
- Transportation planning for operations;
- GIS applications, cartography;
- Statistics, statistical software;
- Python, C++, MATLAB, or other programming language, scripting;
- Web applications, web development;
- Connected vehicle systems;
- Database applications, querying.

Candidates must have excellent oral and written communication skills, be able to work in a collaborative environment, and do so with minimal supervision. Evidence, examples, or demonstration of these skills is required. Duties and responsibilities will increase with experience.

Professional engineer licensure desired.

COVID-19 Considerations:

UW-Madison continues to follow necessary health and safety protocols to protect our campus from COVID-19. All employees remain subject to the COVID-19 Workplace Safety Policy: Please visit for the most up-to-date information.



Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

This position requires work be performed in-person, onsite, at a designated campus work location.

Appointment Type, Duration:



Minimum $75,000 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications

How to Apply:

Candidates must upload a resume and cover letter.


Steven Parker
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1 (out-of-state: TTY: 800.947.3529, STS: 800.833.7637) and above Phone number (See RELAY_SERVICE for further information. )

Official Title:

Researcher II(RE041)

Employment Class:

Academic Staff-Renewable

Job Number:


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