For decades, IIHS has been a leader in finding out what works and doesn't work to prevent motor vehicle crashes from happening in the first place and to minimize injuries in the crashes that still occur.

Open positions

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is an independent, nonprofit scientific and educational organization dedicated to reducing the losses — deaths, injuries and property damage — from motor vehicle crashes.

The Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) shares and supports this mission through scientific studies of insurance data representing the human and economic losses resulting from the ownership and operation of different types of vehicles and by publishing insurance loss results by vehicle make and model.

Both organizations are wholly supported by auto insurers and insurance associations.

Compensation consists of a competitive salary and a 403(b) retirement plan with a nonelective annual contribution equal to 10% of your salary. Other benefits include health insurance (with dental and vision coverage), life insurance, medical and dependent care flex spending accounts and three weeks of paid vacation in your first year.

Research Transportation Engineer/Senior Research Transportation Engineer

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety seeks an engineer to lead research projects that involve collecting and analyzing field data to evaluate roadway safety. Previous IIHS studies include examinations of how vehicle speeds change after speed limits are raised, how crashes and violations change after the installation of speed and red light cameras, how roundabouts affect crashes and injuries, and how pavement markings affect conflicts between pedestrians and vehicles. IIHS research is respected worldwide and is used to influence policy, practice and roadway design. You will work within a research team of other engineers, psychologists and statisticians. See more about our research department here.

Primary Duties

  • Design and conduct research addressing roadway safety
  • Manage data collection and other research performed by outside contractors
  • Collect and analyze data
  • Evaluate research literature
  • Publish research reports in peer-reviewed scientific journals
  • Present research findings to technical and nontechnical audiences
  • Represent IIHS at meetings of roadway safety professionals as an expert in the field


  • Graduate degree in transportation engineering or civil engineering
  • Strong research design and analysis skills
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to conceive, design and carry out research projects with minimal supervision
  • Interest in solving real-world problems in collaboration with professionals from other disciplines
  • For senior position, 5-10 years of post-graduate experience in highway safety research; for non-senior position, recent graduates welcome to apply

To apply

Email your resume and cover letter to:

Meet the people behind the scenes at the Institutes

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