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Requisition ID:  16096

Database Engineer

Job Summary

The Joint Transportation Research Program (JTRP) at Purdue University facilitates collaboration between the Indiana Department of Transportation, higher education institutions and industry to implement innovations that result in continuous improvement in the planning, design, construction, operation, management and economic efficiency of the Indiana transportation infrastructure. Purdue University moves the world forward with its transformative instruction and world-changing research, and has been consistently ranked by US News and World Report among the nation's top universities.

The ideal candidate will develop, test, maintain, and document database systems upwards of one trillion records that support transportation engineering research and implementation. The scope of the research includes, but is not limited to database and software systems relating to traffic signal and freeway management, operations, and control devices, passenger and freight mobility, infrastructure asset management and tracking, connected and autonomous vehicles (CAV), electric vehicles (EV), internet-of-things (IoT), micro-mobility and smart cities.

The database systems developed will enable new technologies and methods to be adopted safely, effectively, and efficiently by transportation agencies, local municipalities, and the private sector. Some field work is required for data collection including the setup, operation, and maintenance of instruments, sensors and equipment. This position provides an exciting opportunity to join a world-class team of developers and researchers to build a career in connected transportation and big data.


  • Bachelor's degree in computer science, information technology or related field
  • Two (2) years of professional database and software development experience utilizing SQL
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience will be accepted (e.g., an Associate's degree with 4 years of experience, or a High School Diploma/GED with 6 years of experience)
  • Skilled in developing, testing, and/or maintaining Relational Database Management Systems (RDBMS)
  • Knowledge of SQL and database protocols  
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills



  • Experience with cloud computing, big data, web development, geographic information systems (GIS), Internet-of-Things (IoT), networking, system administration, hardware deployment, mobile devices, embedded computers, computing clusters
  • Experience working on transportation-related projects
  • Field experience
  • Management of big data systems. SQL Server. PostgreSQL. MySQL. BigQuery. Cassandra. Networking protocols. System backups and services. Cloud computing. Shell scripting and command-line-based operating systems. Embedded devices. UNIX/LINUX systems. MQTT services. Apache Kafka. Google Cloud Platform or Amazon Web Services. Google Dataflow. ArcGIS or ArcMap


Additional Information:

  • This position has a limited duration of two (2) years with continuation dependent upon additional grant funding. Benefits do apply
  • Purdue will not sponsor employment authorization for this position   
  • A background check will be required for employment in this position
  • FLSA: Exempt (Not Eligible For Overtime)
  • Retirement Eligibility: Defined Contribution Waiting Period
  • Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

Nearest Major Market: Lafayette

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