The Central Transportation Planning Staff (CTPS) of the Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is reimagining the purpose and role of modeling tools in the planning process and is developing the next generation of its modeling tools to allow the MPO staff to provide more efficient and meaningful insights for the MPO and our partner agencies. The agency seeks a Data Scientist/Model Developer to implement, adapt, and maintain models of travel behavior and transportation systems in various platforms to provide insights for transportation planning in the Boston region.
The Data Scientist/Model Developer will be a key staff member working in the current roadmap phase to develop a new regionwide travel demand model in TransCAD with GIS-based input and output data and supporting utilities in Python and R. The Data Scientist/Model Developer will adapt and develop new model scripts; conduct data preparation, analysis, and visualization; and contribute to user and developer documentation. This role will work within the Travel Model Development team and will leverage skills across the team as well as support development of team members. The Data Scientist/Model Developer will report to the Director of Modeling and Analytics.
• Assist with the development and maintenance of custom software applications to support transportation modeling.
• Perform research and participate in the development of modeling features related to emerging transportation technologies, transformative modes, and shared mobilities.
• Ensure transportation modeling tools and analytical capabilities are credible and effective for policy analysis; participate in quality assurance and quality control processes.
• Work collaboratively to advance the state of the practice for transportation tools at the agency.
• Work from functional specifications and requirements produced by transportation modelers and translate those into efficient, flexible scripts with error handling, testability, and user-centered features.
• Provide input to and present design and code reviews.
• Develop supporting utilities in R, Python, TransCAD, and other platforms.
• Give input to work plans and level-of-effort estimates.
While the following sections describe required and desirable qualifications, CTPS is open to candidates who believe that their particular experience and skills fulfill the requirements.
• Bachelor’s degree in transportation modeling, computer science, data analytics, data science, statistics, mathematics, engineering or related field, and 1-3 years of experience using the required skills or comparable skills
• Excellent ability to think logically and algorithmically in one or more programming languages to develop clear, cogent software design and well-documented code
• Experience conducting statistical analysis of datasets, extracting useful information, and fitting mathematical models to describe the data to be programmed into a larger process
• Demonstrated ability to develop software that meets a functional specification and adapt implementations in response to evolving needs
• Experience using data management, procedure development, and data visualization in either R or Python (preferably both), and an understanding of relational databases
• Familiarity with GIS and experience analyzing and visualizing spatial data
• Experience working with data in various formats (e.g., CSV, JSON, HDF5, etc.)
• Effective work prioritization, time management, and collaboration skills
• Facility with version-control software and methods
• Excellent problem solving and analytical skills
• Effective written and verbal communication skills
● A desire to help build an equitable, sustainable, and resilient transportation system for the Boston region
● A passion to learn new analytical skills and share knowledge with the team
● Experience using modeling software, such as TransCAD, to support large, complex model development and applications projects
● Knowledge of transportation network coding principles
● Experience building and maintaining code environments for development and production
● Strong understanding of econometric and demand models, use and purpose of market segmentation, and interpreting model estimators in the context of behavioral theory
● Ability to identify, describe, visualize, and communicate the technical limitations, innovations, and consequences of model implementations
This is a full-time position and the starting salary range is $65,000 – $75,000 annually, contingent upon qualifications and experience.
CTPS offers excellent Massachusetts state employee benefits; a flexible, supportive, and family-friendly work environment; and a commitment to ongoing professional development. Our office is located in downtown Boston, in a transit-oriented and bicycle-friendly environment. We are currently working remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the agency will pilot hybrid work schedules once a return to the office is initiated. The return to the office will be based on health indicators and guidance. All employees will be required to provide proof of vaccination status.
Candidates must have legal authorization to work in the United States.
The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) is the fiduciary agent for CTPS and legally employs its staff. MAPC and CTPS are Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action (EEO/AA) employers that take pride in the diversity of their workforces and encourage all qualified persons to apply. MAPC participates in the E-Verify system to confirm employment eligibility.
About the Central Transportation Planning Staff
CTPS is a passionate group of transportation planners, analysts, modelers, programmers, and engineers working to address the Boston region’s transportation challenges. The deep transportation knowledge and expertise of this close-knit team is a critical asset to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA), regional transit authorities, cities and towns within the region, as well as other agencies and stakeholders.
How to Apply
This position is open until August 26, 2022, and applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. A review of applications will begin immediately. Interested candidates should submit the following materials online at www.CTPS.org or www.bostonmpo.org:
● Cover letter and resume
● Two code samples (Python, R, or GISDK preferred)
● Sample documentation, preferably associated with the submitted code
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