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Job #: R-00095966
Location: McLean, VA
Category: Civil Engineering
Schedule (FT/PT): Full Time
Travel Required: Yes, 10% of the time
Shift: Day
Potential for Telework: Yes, 75%
Clearance: Public Trust
Referral Eligibility: Ineligible
Group: Civil

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Job Description:

The Leidos Surface Transportation Solutions Portfolio is seeking a Research & Development (R&D) Engineer to support work in the ground transportation areas of Operations, Safety, Freight, Data Science, and in the growing and rapidly advancing fields of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), Cooperative Driving Automation (CDA), Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X), and Automated Vehicle (AV) technologies.  The R&D Engineer will be a key part of the Leidos team supporting Connected Automated Vehicle (CAV) research across the US through our work at the U.S. Department of Transportation's (USDOT) Saxton Lab, located at the Turner Fairbank Highway Research Center in McLean, VA.
The R&D engineer will lead and support research projects for U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) Administrations such as the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), and the Volpe Center, as well as the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) and other non-Federal customers. 
This is an opportunity for someone who is seeking a hands-on role in a fast-paced environment working directly with state and local DOTs as well as technology vendors in the CAV industry. A strong candidate will have the following: a background in electrical, civil, automotive, or other relevant technical discipline; work history or education that demonstrates ability to troubleshoot computers, computer networks, and electronic/electromechanical systems; the ability to learn and clearly communicate complex technical matters to a variety of audiences, He or she will support or lead the development of technical proposals to win new work, transportation implementation plans, and technical documents for local, state, and/or national government initiatives that aim to influence and change behavior of the general public and/or professionals (i.e., transportation engineers, state and local officials, planning and policy professionals).The candidate will perform work that is varied and may include transportation-related contract preparation, research, data collection, analysis, and reporting activities. The successful candidate will be an “up and comer” natural leader with ambition, vision, and a passion for saving lives and improving traffic operations through data and technology.

•    Lead the development and maintenance of a stakeholder community of practice to support tech transfer for various projects across the surface transportation research portfolio.
•    Conducting research on various transportation engineering projects, including but not limited to safe systems, complete streets, and shared mobility topics. 
•    Support Leidos as it continues to develop and enhance Vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) and vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication hardware and standards, autonomous/driverless vehicles, traffic operations, and intelligent transportation systems.
•    Interpret and analyze structured and unstructured data gathered from CAV testing and present findings to software team in an organized and clear manner.
•    Apply data mining techniques and algorithms on CAV data.
•    Perform software development as needed for the intelligent transportation systems programs
•    Coordinate Solutions with Systems Engineering
•    Developing guidance, training, and outreach materials focusing on various aspects of transportation, to targeting technical audience, practitioners, and various stakeholders. 
•    Developing document, reports, manuals, presentations to communicate project results, both orally and in writing, in a way that is understandable and usable by the target audience(s) for the projects
•    Stay up to date with latest technology in the CAV industry by attending seminars, conferences, and independent research.
•    Interface with researchers, Government technical and business personnel, and other users of the Saxton Laboratory and associated testbeds.
•    Identifying follow-on research and seeking funding, participating in growth strategy sessions, and communicating with current and potential customers on upcoming opportunities
•    Developing, supporting, and reviewing technical proposals.
•    Author white papers, proposals, and briefings demonstrating technical thought leadership in response to Leidos leadership or customer needs.


•    Requires Bachelors of Science degree Civil Engineering or related and 2+years of prior relevant experience or Masters of Science degree with less than 2 years of prior relevant experience.
•    Experience in the following areas in the ground transportation areas that may include Operations, Safety, Connected and Automated Vehicles (CAV), Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), Transportation Systems Management and Operations (TSMO), shared mobility, and active transportation. 
•    Experience in project management. 
•    Experience leading the development of solutions for proposals.
•    Experience in writing for white papers, RFI responses, and proposals.
Other Requirements
•    Candidate must be able to obtain and maintain a Public Trust clearance.
•    Must be a good team player and be able to give and take constructive feedback. 
•    Must be prompt, schedule-conscious, and able to focus on the work at hand. 
•    Must be coachable and open to self-discovery and professional improvement.
•    Valid driver’s license and suitability to operate a motor vehicle.

The following skills/experience are required for this position:
•    Desire to independently learn about new technologies, hardware, and software (with guidance and technical support from the team as needed) - and instruct external stakeholders on how to use them.
•    Experience and expertise in applying data science for transportation solutions
•    Passion for transportation safety, operations, and technology
•    Demonstrated Data and Software Development Skills/Capabilities
•    Excellent Verbal and Communication Skills
•    Demonstrated ability to debug and solve problems
•    Automation and advanced technology development & evaluation experience
•    Ability to acquire, interpret and apply data
•    Proven ability to juggle multiple projects and project deliverables concurrently, prioritize workflow, and communicate progress
•    Expertise in all standard Microsoft Office tools and programs.
•    Interest in solution development, and business growth/ownership related to this field
•    Experience working in an applied research/development/testing environment.
•    Ability to think analytically and apply general concepts to other applicable topics.
•    Ability to identify and implement creative solutions.
•    Ability to flourish within a dynamic, fun team environment as well as work independently.
•    Flexible and comfortable with changing direction and reprioritizing activities.
•    Seeks constant improvement through self-identified opportunities and peer feedback. 
•    Knowledge of shared mobility related to transportation operations and safety
•    Knowledge of the industry and existing related research.
•    Experience working with software development teams. 
•    Experience developing cost models, basis of estimates (BOEs), and Bill of Materials (BOM).

Pay Range:

Pay Range $52,650.00 - $81,000.00 - $109,350.00

The Leidos pay range for this job level is a general guideline only and not a guarantee of compensation or salary. Additional factors considered in extending an offer include (but are not limited to) responsibilities of the job, education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities, as well as internal equity, alignment with market data, applicable bargaining agreement (if any), or other law.


About Leidos

Leidos is a Fortune 500® technology, engineering, and science solutions and services leader working to solve the world’s toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, civil, and health markets. The company’s 44,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $13.7 billion for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2021. For more information, visit

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