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University of Washington in Seattle, Washington
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Date Posted October 21, 2019
Employment Type Full-time
Application Deadline Open until filled


As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.

As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world. 

UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty. All of which has allowed the UW to be nationally recognized as a “Great College to Work For” for five consecutive years. 

The Center for Supply Chain Transportation and Logistics (SCTL Center) has an outstanding opportunity for a Research Engineer

The Center for Supply Chain Transportation and Logistics (SCTL Center), housed in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering within the College of Engineering, improves supply chain transportation and logistics practices through education, transformative research, and engagement with industry and the private sector. The SCTL Center’s core expertise is found in the nexus of business, infrastructure, and public policy. The Center’s team are national thought leaders in supply chain transportation and logistics systems, and these systems’ intersection with both the public and privately built environments. The Center provides insights for students, industry leaders and practitioners, public sector officials, and the academic and research communities in freight transportation, supply chain, transportation and logistics. The Center participates in data collection, interpretation, and developing understanding as well as analytical model development and technology applications. The Center builds professional networks and develops benchmarked best practices in support of industry productivity and building sustainable communities. The Center is a self-sustaining, non-profit organization within the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department. The SCTL Center brought in almost $4,000,000 in external funding since its launch in late 2016. The SCTL Center is home to the Urban Freight Lab – a research workgroup comprised of public and private sector sponsoring members that have included Boeing Horizon X, Charlie’s Produce, Costco, Expeditors International of Washington, Ford Mobility Company, Kroger, Nordstrom, PepsiCo, the Seattle Department of Transportation, Terreno, the United States Postal Service, and the United Parcel Service. 


A SCTL Center Research Engineer has formal academic preparation at the PhD level and at least one year of experience conducting transportation research projects. SCTL Research Engineers identify and define research problems, designing research approaches and the methodology to be used, analyze results, and develop conclusions. SCTL Research engineers regularly presenting research results and ideas in oral and written form. 

Leads project data collection and analysis.

In collaboration with Principal Investigator reviews analysis and develops conclusions.

Independently presents research results at national and international conferences.

Leads publication of Center research results in peer-reviewed journals.

Manages multiple project schedules and budgets and reports to Principal Investigator.

Interacts directly with project sponsors providing project updates and results. Independently discusses project issues with sponsors.

Develops proposal teams and leads proposal writing.

Identifies, initiates, and follows-through on research opportunities. Uses peer network to expand technical capabilities and identify new research opportunities. Is persuasive in conversations with grant sponsors.

Independently oversees proposal submission.

Leads work of Research Assistants on research projects. Provides technical and professional feedback.

Works with Center staff to ensure financial and contractual project compliance.

Maintains research projects and strategic collaborations with industry and public sector partners.

Remains current on industry and related public policy trends by reading, reviewing, and investigating current and ongoing research and practices.

Provides innovative problem-solving approaches to enhance organizational capabilities.

Research Sponsors/Stakeholders (e.g. NIH, NSF, other schools or research institutions, etc.) 

Doctoral Degree in Civil Engineering, preferably Transportation Engineering or related discipline.

One to three years of job-related experience.

Effectively know and use the fundamental concepts, practices and procedures of a particular field of specialization; continue development of technical expertise and knowledge through experience and application.

Specific knowledge, skills and abilities required to perform the job satisfactorily include: PhD in transportation engineering, logistics, supply chain management, business or related subject. Minimum of 1-year post-graduate research experience in project delivery and management. Strong analytical and problem solving skills.


Active sense of curiosity and ability to work with ambiguity. Excellent organizational skills and ability to adeptly manage multiple priorities and deadlines. Proven experience in delivery projects to goal. Proven self-starter with ability to exercise independent judgement and creativity. Outstanding interpersonal skills and excellent oral and written communications skills. Ability to interact with all levels of the organization.

Equivalent education/experience can substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.

  • In collaboration with Principal Investigator, develops research approach, hypotheses and methodology. May develop extensions to existing methods or apply methods to new application areas.

  • Serves as SCTL representative at meetings and conferences.

  • Urban Freight Lab Members and candidate members, SDOT and candidate City DOTs, NSF, DOE, USDOT, etc 


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