Assistant Director – Transportation Systems Analysis (TSA) Group

The TSA Assistant Director contributes to the technical and strategic direction of the TSA research group within CAR’s portfolio of research activities.  The Assistant Director supports the Director and CAR’s mission through industry service activities, including presentations and publications, and maintains a network of transportation, industry, government, and media contacts.  Directly reports to Director, TSA Group.

Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following: 

  • Assist in providing project management and oversight to the group’s multiple projects, including budget oversight
  • Conceptualize research projects, write proposals, and obtain funding from industry and government sources; lead (or co-lead) proposal teams to secure $150,000 to $250,000 annually for the group
  • Participate with other CAR researchers in the development and execution of multi-client projects and provide input to the overall research agenda at CAR
  • Plan and conduct research projects, including collaboration with other research staff and external partners in monitoring progress, reaching milestones, and delivering products
  • Participate in determining research priorities and planning programs of research, and trains junior investigators, potential investigators and support personnel. 
  • Follow developments within the automotive industry focusing on the advancement of connected and automated vehicles, new mobility services, and other advancing transportation technologies, policies and legislation, and infrastructure
  • Support and maintain strategic alliances between the group and its constituents and partner organizations
  • Make presentations to academic, technical, and upper management audiences at conferences and workshops
  • Respond to media inquiries on research and industry topics
  • Actively participate in public forums, events, conferences, industry associations, and societies

Required qualifications:

  • Qualified candidates must have a broad understanding of one or more areas of the transportation and automotive industries (e.g., intelligent transportation systems, including connected and automated vehicle technology, etc.)
  • Master’s degree or similar experience in engineering, urban planning, policy, or other similar related field
  • Five or more years’ experience in the transportation systems research, planning or engineering practice
  • Proven ability to generate proposals, execute projects, and meet deadlines
  • Excellent analytical, statistical, and research skills
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, and teamwork skills
  • Clear and effective research writing and presentation skills
  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain a network of industry contacts
  • A team player who is able to effectively work across multiple functions and cultures

To apply, email cover letter, resume and writing sample to Angie Ely at [email protected].


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, height, weight, marital status, protected disability or other characteristic protected by law.