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Title:  Research Engineer V

Application Deadline Date:  11/25/2019
Req ID:  3201
Department:  Transportation Agency

Barre, VT, US

Position Type:  Permanent
Schedule Type:  Full Time
Hourly Rate:  $24.76

The Research Engineer position with the Agency of Transportation (VTrans) is both administrative and technical. The position requires interactions with a variety of internal and external stakeholders on a range of topics that may be related to materials/pavements, structures, planning, safety, and the environment. The Research Section utilizes best practices learned from the region and nationally to administer and manage research projects that benefit all parts of the Agency. The Research Engineer actively manages internal and external research projects for the VTrans.


Examples of internal research projects include the long-standing and newly revitalized Pavement Life project and Experimental Features projects which require annual field site visits. Field visits include measurements and photo observations at the site and documenting the site visits in annual and final research reports to share with VTrans and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) staff. The management of external research projects (largely conducted by universities) is shared with the Research Manager and may include participation in Technical Advisory Committees and serving as a liaison between the researchers and VTrans staff.


The position requires the delivery of high quality research by analyzing and/or preparing technical documents and other work products, working effectively with stakeholders, and disseminating information about the projects internally and externally as a step towards implementation. The Research Engineer should be able to work independently but also to step in as needed with research section initiatives, representing the section at Agency and national technical committees, and the supervision of temporary field staff. The position requires the ability to juggle numerous tasks and the interest to learn about and apply a variety of topics and processes.v

Who May Apply

This position, Research Engineer VII (Job Req #3201), is open to all State employees and external applicants.
Please Note: This position is being recruited at multiple levels. If you would like to be considered for more than one level, you MUST apply to the specific Job Requisition.

  • Research Engineer V (#3201)
  • Research Engineer VI (3202)
  • Research Engineer VII (#3203)

If you would like more information about this position, please contact Emily Parkany at
Please note that multiple positions in the same work location may be filled from this job posting.
Resumes will not be accepted via e-mail.  You must apply online to be considered.

Environmental Factors

Duties are largely performed in an office setting; however, some field travel may be necessary for which private means of transportation must be available. Fieldwork may involve exposure to hazardous materials, traffic hazards and construction sites during all weather conditions; and may involve traversing rough terrain and bodies of water. Some work outside of regular working hours, including attendance at public meetings, may be required. Strong differences of opinion may be encountered on a regular basis.

Minimum Qualifications

Master's degree or higher in civil engineering OR registration as a Professional Engineer (PE) AND two (2) years or more of professional work experience in civil engineering.


Master's degree or higher in any field of engineering AND (3) years or more of professional work experience in civil engineering.


Bachelor's degree in civil engineering OR registration as a Professional Engineer (PE) AND four (4) years or more of professional work experience in civil engineering.


Bachelor's degree in any field of engineering AND five (5) years or more of professional work experience in civil engineering.


Three (3) years or more of experience as a Civil Engineer IV in the Agency of Transportation with the State of Vermont.

Special Requirements

NOTE: Some positions may require one year of supervisory experience. Participation in the State's Supervisor's Development Program may be substituted for supervisory experience.

NOTE: Some positions in this class may require registration as a professional engineer.

Total Compensation
As a State employee you are offered a great career opportunity, but it's more than a paycheck. The State's total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits that are worth about 30% of your total compensation, including:
  • 80% State paid medical premium
  • Dental Plan at no cost for employees and their families
  • Flexible Spending healthcare and childcare reimbursement accounts
  • Two ways to save for your retirement: A State defined benefit pension plan and a deferred compensation 457(b) plan
  • Work/Life balance: 11 paid holidays each year and a generous leave plan; many jobs also allow for a flexible schedule
  • Low cost group life insurance
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Incentive-based Wellness Program
  • Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program
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Equal Opportunity Employer
The State of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and people from diverse cultural backgrounds are encouraged.

Nearest Major Market: Barre
Nearest Secondary Market: Montpelier