Travel forecasting job posting: Metropolitan Council (Minneapolis/St. Paul)

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Travel forecasting job posting: Metropolitan Council (Minneapolis/St. Paul)

The Metropolitan Council is accepting applications for a Transportation Data Scientist/Forecaster or a Senior Transportation Data Scientist/Forecaster (depending on qualifications) who will support transportation planning in the Minneapolis and St. Paul region through production of quality travel demand forecasts.  They will also support the development and update of travel demand forecasting models and tools, and through analysis of a variety of transportation data sources.  They may be occasional travel within the Twin Cities metro or to other Council locations for business purposes.    

This position is eligible for a hybrid (both remote and onsite) telework arrangement. Candidate's permanent residence must be in Minnesota or Wisconsin. 

The Data Scientist/Forecaster or Senior Data Scientist/Forecaster will support multi-modal transportation planning in the Minneapolis and St. Paul region through innovative approaches to collecting and analyzing transportation data and through development and application of cutting-edge travel forecasting models and tools.  The Data Scientist /Forecaster will join a vibrant travel research and modeling team working on travel demand forecasting, travel behavior surveys, and creative analysis of all kinds of transportation data to drive planning and policy analysis.  A Data Scientist/Forecaster will perform their work under close supervision and mentorship of higher-level staff.  A senior Data Scientist/Forecaster will perform work with less supervision, work on projects with more complexity, and be involved in project management.  

  • Develop and update regional travel forecast models.
  • Prepare transportation forecasts as needed using regional model, other models, and available data to support comprehensive, regional, and corridor transportation planning. 
  • Coordinate subcommittees as needed to ensure a coordinated, comprehensive, and inclusive planning process.
  • Analyze transportation data (including "big data" to support transportation planning and research.
  • Develop scopes of work for various levels of projects and guidance documents and manage assigned projects.
  • May oversee the work of planning staff and student interns on a project basis.
  • Serve as a transportation forecast and data resource and liaison to planners at the Council and around the region.