Transport Modeller Engineer Grade II (Panel)

Transport Modeller Engineer Grade II (Panel)

  • Position
    Transport Modeller Engineer Grade II (Panel)
    Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
  • Category
    Railway and Transport Industry
  • Organisation
    National Transport Authority
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  • Salary
  • Location
  • Country
    Dublin, Ireland
  • Primary Category
    Public Sector
  • Type of Position
  • Education Requirement
    Bachelor's degree
  • Experience Requirement
    5-10 years
  • Professional Title Requirement
  • Accreditation Requirement
    Does not matter
  • Membership Requirement
    Does not matter
  • Posted


The National Transport Authority wishes to establish a panel of suitably qualified professionals for the position of Transport Modeller Engineer Grade II from which candidates can be drawn as a relevant vacancy arise within the NTA. The panel will be live for two years.


The Transport Modeller Engineer Grade II role will contribute and perform tasks, at an appropriate level, across all modelling functions as required. The successful candidate will gain exposure to a wide variety of tasks and projects and will be encouraged to develop professionally and will be afforded opportunities to take on additional tasks and responsibilities as their career progresses.

The Transport Modeller Engineer Grade II duties and responsibilities may include some or all of the following:

Model Development

  • Estimation, calibrating and validation of the Authority’s models to ensure a good fit of model outputs to observed travel and transport data.
  • Contributing to the development of new transport models as well as updating and enhancing existing models.
  • Undertake research to support model enhancements.

Model Maintenance – maintaining the existing 2012 Base Model

  • Supervising and/or rebasing the Authority’s models to 2016 – to contain the most up to date transport and travel data, as well as the refinement of existing components as appropriate.
  • Supervising and/or updating the Authority’s 2012 base models to include new infrastructure and services as they change over time (biannual or annual releases) and the Authority’s reference models with the most up-to-date view of future years.
  • Extending the 2012 base model capabilities through the enhancement and/or refinement of existing components, in line with emerging best practice trends and reflecting the needs of the Authority and other key stakeholders.
  • Developing complementary components that improve the quality of secondary inputs to the model, e.g. Goods, Overseas travellers etc.

Model Application           

  • Supervising, preparing and/or running land use scenarios using the NTA’s National Demand Forecasting Model to prepare Trip Ends as input to model runs including:
    • Writing technical notes on model scenarios as required;
    • Attending meetings to discuss and explain modelling results.
  • Leading the setting up of the 5 NTA Regional Models or any other model developed by the NTA to represent specific land use and transport network scenarios, executing runs of the model and/or models including:
  • Coding transport networks and transport scenarios;
  • Analysing and checking model inputs prior to using them in model runs;
  • Extracting model outputs, analysing, collating and summarising model results for given model runs;
  • Writing technical notes on modelled scenarios where required;
  • Attending meetings to discuss and explain modelling results.
  • Undertaking scheme appraisals following DTTAS CAF guidance including economic assessment (e.g. Cost Benefit Analysis) of infrastructural schemes using outputs from the NTA models.

Model Data Management

  • Responsibility for maintaining and updating the NTA Traffic Data store including:
    • Extending the data store to include travel time data, public transport data etc.;
    • Acquisition and addition of new traffic data.
  • Procuring surveys and data to inform the development of the RMS and for use in the estimation, calibration and validation of new and existing models including:
  • Designing transport and travel surveys;
  • Executing surveys;
  • Analysing, collating and summarising data;
  • Writing technical notes;
  • Attending meetings to present the data.

Model management

  • Development of guidance on the use of the RMS, approach to calibration etc.
  • Providing training covering the use of the RMS and all the associated tools.
  • Periodically attending conferences and/or industry bodies to present on various components of the RMS including preparation of suitable papers.
  • Responsible for ensuring model version control procedures are maintained and developed to a high standard.
  • Providing modelling project audit services when required.
  • Supervising and/or managing access to the RMS and maintaining stakeholder database, managing relationships and outreach relating to the RMS.
  • Undertaking additional modelling tasks specified by the Authority that may arise from time to time.

Other Duties

  • Management of modelling consultants to ensure effective utilisation of resources.
  • Management and execution of transport planning studies and projects within time and budget.
  • Formulating potential solutions to transport problems arising from analysis of data.
  • Striving to introduce new or improved transport infrastructure in line with best practice.
  • Participating in public consultation initiatives as required.


Each candidate must meet the following requirements at the time of the competition closing:

  1. Hold a minimum of a NFQ degree level qualification in economics, civil engineering, behaviour sciences, data science and/or analysis, geography, mathematics, social science or transport planning;
  2. Have at least 5 years’ relevant post graduate experience;
  3. Proven high level experience in the use of transportation modelling software or equivalent, for example, SATURN, Voyager, OmniTrans etc.;
  4. Excellent numeracy skills and the ability to interpret data;
  5. Have a detailed understanding of Transport Modelling theory, including: 4-stage modelling, mode choice, model calibration and other modelling principles;
  6. Proven ability to collect, analyse and assemble transport data and code it in a form suitable for incorporation into a strategic transport model;
  7. Demonstrate an advanced level of computer literacy including experience in the use of data analysis tools including databases, spread sheets and GIS, and an knowledge of statistical modelling;


The ideal candidate will also:

  1. Have a creative approach to problem solving;
  2. Capability to communicate complex ideas and issues clearly;
  3. Ability to work and contribute positively to multi-disciplinary teams; 
  4. Possess excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills; 
  5. Excellent time and project management ability with minimal supervision;
  6. Excellent written (e.g. report writing) and oral communication skills;
  7. Proven track record of engaging with a wide array of internal and external stakeholders;
  8. Commitment to Continuous Professional Development (CPD), lifelong learning including participation in professional bodies (e.g., Engineers Ireland, Transport Planning Society, CILT);
  9. Interest in transport and urban planning issues and political awareness with a good understanding of transport issues nationally.


How to Apply / Contact

Closing Date

The closing date and time for applications is strictly 12pm (noon) on Friday 6th December 2019.  Applications received after the specified deadline cannot be accepted.