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The Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington educates tomorrow’s innovators, conducts cutting-edge research in core and emerging areas of the field, and leads a broad range of multi-disciplinary initiatives that demonstrate the transformative power of computing. Consistently ranked among the top computer science programs in the nation, the Allen School is widely recognized for the excellence and impact of our research and teaching across the region and around the globe. As a leader in efforts to broaden participation in computing, we are committed to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in our program and in our field. Members of the Allen School actively work to cultivate a welcoming community in which students, faculty and staff with diverse backgrounds, identities and experiences can thrive. The Allen School occupies two spectacular buildings — the Paul G. Allen Center and the adjacent Bill & Melinda Gates Center — located at the heart of the UW campus in Seattle.
The Taskar Center for Accessible Technology (TCAT), housed by the Allen School, develops, translates and deploys open source universally accessible technologies, with a focus on benefiting populations with motor limitations or speech impairment. TCAT's academic mission is to engage undergraduate design and engineering students in participatory design and inclusive design practices. TCAT is joining the AI4Accessibility effort in scaling artificial intelligence efforts for public social good, with a focus on inclusive transportation and mobility.
TCAT has two outstanding opportunities for a temporary Transportation Data Specialist.
The Taskar Center is committed to creating a world where all people can discover, explore, and use transportation equitably. To do so, The Taskar Center is developing data infrastructure to support mobile and web applications that specifically address accessibility and equity concerns in transportation. We partner with State Departments of Transportation and transportation providers (like Sound Transit and King County Metro) and offer data infrastructure support for publishing transit data relevant to people who have traditionally been disenfranchised in transportation.
Challenge can often be its own reward. But why settle for just being challenged when you can also be nurtured, mentored and supported in building an impact and a career in geographical data science? Join us and you’ll play a key role in managing accessibility and equity data about transportation facilities, transit services and the built environment. This role will put you on a team of incredibly talented technology professionals, urban and transportation planners. You’ll discover the impact you want and the resources, backing and opportunities for growth.
If you share our vision of helping people equitably access transportation (and therefore access more economic, educational, and healthcare opportunities), we invite you to join our team! The Transportation Data Specialist is a junior data and technology role supporting a team. The ideal candidate brings a high level of professionalism, organization, attention to detail, and ability to work in both individual and team settings to our fast-paced organization.
The Transportation Data Specialist (Research Aide 1) will assist with usability and accessibility testing of mobility and transportation technologies and GIS technologies at the Taskar Center for Assistive Technologies. The work involves assisting in testing mobile and web-application technologies and reporting the findings in a methodical evaluation. The work also involves gathering the backend dashboard data created by the application and providing an analysis of these data. All work will be conducted both in the TCAT lab on the Seattle Campus, and in the field in King and Pierce counties. The transportation data specialist will also be asked to use GIS and mapping software to enhance information about accessibility in maps. This is a temporary, hourly position, part-time, approximately 20 hours per week to begin as soon as possible and continue for a period of 6 months with likelihood of an extension.
Typical Work •Use mobile phone and web technology •Follow a detailed technology evaluation procedure •Perform data report verification •Audit and enter data •Oversee portions of performance evaluation program data •Write a report summarizing the findings •Other duties as assigned
Minimum Qualifications •Two years of college credits with major study in engineering or science, OR two years of work experience equivalent to that performed by a research aide •To perform this job successfully, an individual should have intermediate skills with Microsoft 365, Windows 10, Windows updates, various virus protection programs, basic troubleshooting and networking skills •Ability to use mobile phone and web technology. All technology will be provided by TCAT. •Ability to follow directions •Good oral and written communications skills •Must have the ability to work independently under general supervision •Demonstrated commitment to valuing diversity and contributing to an inclusive working and learning environment
Desired Qualifications •Associate’s Degree (A.A.) or equivalent from a two-year college or technical school in office administration, business administration, or a closely related field, OR two years of related experience and/or training •Ability to and interest in working with members of travel-disadvantaged populations, especially those experiencing disability •Any formal transportation or urban planning training •Friendly and patient demeanor
Application Process: The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These assessments may include Work Authorization, Cover Letter, and/or others. Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select “Apply to this position”. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your “My Jobs” page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.
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