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CIVIL ENGINEER IV - RESEARCH IMPLEMENTATION ENGINEER - IPR#45271

We continually strive for a workforce that reflects the growing diversity within the State of Illinois.  A variety of employee backgrounds, perspectives, ideas and experiences are crucial to our ability to most effectively serve the public.  Bilingual skills welcome

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Persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations throughout the hiring process and during performance of all job duties.  Please email the Central Management Services Disability Resource Center at CMS.DisabilityResCen@illinois.gov or call (217) 524 - 7514 for further information and to request an accommodation.

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In compliance with the Illinois Equal Pay Act, 820 ILCS 112/1 et seq., the State does not seek, request, or require a job applicant’s wage or salary history.  Employment decisions are not made based on an applicant’s wage or salary history.  To that end, please do not include wage or salary information in your resume or other profile or application materials.

Date:  Jan 7, 2022
Location: 

Springfield, IL, US, 62704-4766

Job Requisition ID:  10176

 Agency:  Department of Transportation 
Closing Date/Time: 01/20/2022 
Salary:  $5,920 - $9,230 Monthly  
Job Type:  Salaried Full Time  
County:  Sangamon  
Number of Vacancies:  1  
Plan/BU:  NR916  

 

NOTE: This position was previously posted. Those applicants that applied to the original posting do not need to re-apply, as the original application will be accepted for the posting. Please direct any questions to the Agency Contact listed below.

 

This position is a union position; therefore, provisions of the relevant collective bargaining agreement/labor contract apply to the filling of this position.

All applicants who want to be considered for this position MUST apply electronically through SuccessFactors.  Applications submitted via email or any paper manner (mail, fax, hand delivery) will not be considered.

 

Agency Mission Statement

The Illinois Department of Transportation is seeking to hire a Research Implementation Engineer.

The IDOT team works diligently to provide safe, cost-effective transportation for Illinois in ways that enhance quality of life, promote economic prosperity and protect our environment. We are problem solvers and leaders, constantly searching for innovations and improvements in support of our commitment to providing the best multimodal transportation system for Illinois.

Our team fosters a culture of inclusivity. We value diversity and hold ourselves to the highest ethical standards as we work together for a common purpose. Team members frequently collaborate with colleagues and others outside the department to best meet customer needs. 

Employees enjoy excellent benefits, including health, vision and dental insurance; a retirement plan and deferred compensation options; state holidays and other time off; tuition reimbursement; flexible schedules; and pre-tax benefit programs. The department also offers extensive training and career advancement opportunities.

We invite qualified applicants to apply to become part of our team. We are confident that you will take pride in serving Illinois and its residents and visitors.

Job Responsibilities

This position is accountable for directing, planning, and conducting new research/technology implementation studies and for recommending solutions to specific new research implementation problems.  This position is responsible for ensuring implementation of beneficial materials, methods, and technologies for use by the department, as well as facilitating technology transfer and tracking implementation activities. 

 

On-going research implementation projects: 10 - 20 annually

Laboratory studies: 10 - 15 annually
Research report reviews: 20 - 30 annually

This position reports to the Technical Research Coordinator.  There are no subordinates reporting to this position.


This position is unique in that it is the department’s bridge between transportation research and field implementation. This position works in an environment where the introduction of new technology is one way to improve the performance of transportation facilities.  New materials, methods, and technologies are constantly being developed both in Illinois and elsewhere to improve the efficiency and facility performance of the department’s assets.  The implementation of new materials, methods, and technologies often requires significant changes in standard practice in order to be successful.  This position is responsible for reviewing reports on research and technology developed through the department’s contract research program, in-house and national research, and transforming valid and beneficial materials, methods, and technologies into procedures, processes, and specifications for use by the department.  In some cases, this may include field evaluation/application, as the construction process is often critical for the fair evaluation of new technology.  This position is responsible for identifying and quantifying the long-term benefits of implemented research as well as for facilitating the implementation of new materials, methods, and technologies for use by the department. Federal policy requires the active implementation and transformation of research findings of not just department research, but also research conducted and funded by other agencies into general practice.  This position is responsible for documenting the feasibility of new processes, procedures, and technologies used in the field and for transforming the findings for department use by recommending new practices or revisions to current standards, policies, specifications, and procedures. The incumbent should have a thorough and current understanding of engineering principles and practices, be aware of the latest developments in new technology, be well versed in research methods and data and statistical analyses, and be able to communicate effectively at various professional levels in both oral and written formats.  

(Job Responsibilities continued)

The challenges to this position are to identify, evaluate, and implement those research findings that offer the most effective solutions to the problems of designing, constructing, and maintaining the department’s assets from economical, technical, and practical perspectives, and to ensure that technologies and methodologies used by the department are state-of-the-art.  A typical problem is taking a new technology identified through research, planning and coordinating implementation with district/central bureau staff, providing on-going guidance during implementation, incorporating the technology into standard practice, assessing both short- and long-term benefits realized by the department, and then sharing these results through the state and nation via technology transfer. 

 

The incumbent determines the potential benefits, limitations, and applications of research conducted through the department’s contract research program, through in-house or national research, and/or by outside agencies.  The incumbent transforms the findings into forms for use in practice; coordinates and directs the actual applications; evaluates the effectiveness of the results; and develops improved processes, procedures, materials, and methodologies for standard department use.  The incumbent plans, conducts, and supervises field and laboratory investigations of research implementation problems and recommends appropriate solutions resulting in detailed specifications and special provisions, policy recommendations, plan details, detailed benefit analyses, and technology transfer products.  The incumbent consults, less formally, both on-site and in the office with district/central bureau staff concerning research implementation problems and provides expert technical advice and recommendations for project-specific action. S/He may supervise up to three technical employees while performing field surveys, laboratory testing, and benefit analyses on a project basis. While working with the Technical Research Coordinator and departmental staff tasked with the oversight of contract research, the incumbent may coordinate field trials, develop specifications or policy drafts, facilitate the purchase/modification of equipment, determine cost-effectiveness, assess benefits realized, share findings via technology transfer, and in general, promote implementation of research findings. 

 

The incumbent is given wide latitude in the planning and conduct of assigned work but also works closely with the Technical Research Coordinator to create short- and long-term plans for research implementation. The incumbent consults with the Technical Research Coordinator to resolve serious scheduling conflicts and for guidance on how best to approach complex issues and controversial problems.

 

(Job Responsibilities continued)

The incumbent has regular contact with the districts/central bureaus, and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) at various professional levels on matters concerning research implementation, problem investigations, and research needs. S/He will have occasional contact with county and city engineers, colleges and universities, consultants, other state departments of transportation, and researchers on a national level to effectively conduct problem investigations, implement research findings, exchange research information, and gain insight into the effectiveness and applicability of potential solutions.  The incumbent actively participates in technical review panel committee meetings and travels throughout the state to coordinate and investigate specific problem investigations and to aid in implementation efforts.  Frequent statewide and occasional out-of-state travel with overnight stays is required to participate in meetings, conferences, and workshops. 


The effectiveness of this position may be measured by the timely implementation of research findings into the department’s policies and practices, the workability and success of recommended solutions to specific research implementation problems, the successful benefit analyses of implemented research, and successful technology transfer

Principal Accountabilities

1. Facilitates the implementation of research findings in all aspects of transportation such that significant results are incorporated into department policies and procedures.
2. Identifies research implementation or technology application issues and recommends appropriate solutions.
3. Identifies and quantifies short- and long-term benefits of implemented research findings and shares results via technology transfer.
4. Provides timely, workable solutions to technical questions posted by department staff.

5. When necessary, coordinates field trials, develops specifications or policy drafts, facilitates the purchase/modification of equipment, determines cost-effectiveness, assesses benefits realized, shares findings via technology transfer, and promotes implementation of research findings.
6. When necessary, supervises up to three technical employees while performing field surveys, laboratory testing, and benefit analyses on a project basis.
7. Performs duties in compliance with departmental safety rules.  Performs all duties in a manner conducive to the fair and equitable treatment of all employees.
8. Performs other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

Position Requirements

• Current registration as a Licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Illinois
• Four years of experience in civil engineering
• Valid driver’s license
• Frequent statewide and occasional out-of-state travel with overnight stays

Position Desirables

• Knowledge of research methods and data analysis, including benefit/cost analysis
• Proficiency with the development of specifications and standards
• Proficiency with the Microsoft Office Suite
• Strong oral and written communication skills
• Good organizational, leadership, and self-motivational skills
• Ability to maintain cooperative relationships

Work Hours:  8:00 - 4:30 Monday - Friday  
Work Location: 126 E Ash St Springfield, IL 62704-4766 

Office: Office of Planning and Programming/Bureau of Research 
Agency Contact:
 
DOT.CO.BPM.EmploymentApplications@Illinois.gov

 

Job Function:  Transportation  

 

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