Careers


The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is an independent, nonprofit scientific and educational organization dedicated to reducing deaths, injuries and property damage from motor vehicle crashes through research and evaluation and through education of consumers, policymakers and safety professionals.

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 employer contributions. 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.

IIHS-HLDI participates in E-Verify.


Senior Research Transportation Engineer

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety seeks a Senior Research Transportation Engineer in Arlington, VA, to build our infrastructure research program. Our organization is at the forefront of efforts to find effective means of decreasing the incidence and severity of motor vehicle crashes. See more about our research department here. This position is eligible for up to 50% telework.

Primary duties

  • Design and conduct safety research on infrastructure treatments, roadway design, infrastructure technology, and other roadway safety transportation engineering topics
  • Collect and analyze historical and field data
  • Work with DOTs, cities, and other stakeholders to obtain data and implement countermeasures for evaluation
  • Manage data collection and other research performed by outside contractors
  • Publish research reports in peer-reviewed scientific journals
  • Represent IIHS at meetings of roadway safety professionals as an expert in the field
  • Present research findings to technical and nontechnical audiences
  • Mentor/supervise junior engineers

Qualifications

  • Graduate degree in civil engineering or transportation engineering; Ph.D. preferred
  • 7+ years of post-graduate experience in transportation engineering research on topics such as infrastructure, design, intelligent transportation systems, road safety modeling and traffic operations
  • Knowledge of transportation engineering principles and their application to transportation safety
  • Record of contribution to the field through peer-reviewed journal publications, crash modification factor development, and Highway Safety Manual or other guidebook/standard development
  • Experience participating in the safety community through involvement in groups such as TRB standing committees or AASHTO Committee on Safety
  • Strong research design and analysis skills; proficiency with SAS, R, or other statistical software preferred
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to conceive, design and carry out research projects with minimal supervision
  • Experience working with state DOTs
  • Experience planning and supervising field data collection preferred

To apply email your cover letter, resume and salary requirements to

[email protected]

Engineering Technician

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) seeks an Engineering Technician to join our dummy lab team in Ruckersville, VA.

The Engineer Technician will work with other members of the Vehicle Research Center crash test team to ensure that all tests are properly prepared and conducted on schedule. Responsibilities will include maintenance, repair and pre-test positioning of test dummies used in the Institute’s consumer information and research crash test programs.

Primary duties

  • Operate, calibrate and perform maintenance on specialized test equipment, including crash test dummies and other custom sensors
  • Maintain, install, troubleshoot and inventory crash sensors and related dummy spare parts
  • Ensure dummies and sensors are prepared to meet crash testing schedules
  • Ensure that test set-up, execution and reporting are conducted in precise accordance with established procedures
  • Apply standard quality control procedures to ensure accuracy of test results
  • Assist in testing to support research projects and development of new protocols
  • Provide support for other IIHS projects as needed

Qualifications

  • Associate degree in an engineering field (preferred) or three years of relevant experience
  • Background in electronics and electrical theory is a plus
  • Must be proficient in computer usage (Microsoft Office suite) and able to learn complex data collection/analysis software
  • Must be able to stand for extended periods, crawl under and around vehicles and lift equipment (up to 50 pounds)

To apply email your cover letter, resume and salary requirements to

[email protected]

Research Analyst

The Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) seeks an experienced Research Analyst to join our research team in Arlington, VA. This position is eligible for up to 50% telework.

The Research Analyst will lead research projects that rely on statistical techniques to analyze vast amounts of insurance data. Previous HLDI studies include some of the first evaluations of collision avoidance technologies, evaluations of the effect of marijuana legalization on insurance claim frequency and analyses of the effectiveness of antilock braking systems on motorcycles.

Primary duties

  • Identify highway safety and/or insurance issues to research, formulate research questions and produce project plans
  • Analyze records of over 400 million vehicles to quantify the benefits of lifesaving and cost-reducing technologies and to explain how insurance costs vary from vehicle to vehicle
  • Produce published reports and serve as a primary resource on alternative analytical procedures
  • Present findings to technical and nontechnical audiences including high-level executives
  • Represent HLDI and IIHS to insurance companies and at meetings of roadway safety professionals

Qualifications

  • Graduate degree in a quantitative field such as statistics, mathematics, machine learning, etc., with prior applicable experience preferred
  • Advanced analytical skills and demonstrated knowledge of statistical distributions and modeling techniques
  • Experience with databases and record sets with millions of records
  • Proficiency with statistical modeling tools and one or more programming languages (SAS and SQL skills strongly preferred)
  • Attention to detail and problem-solving abilities are essential
  • Capable of working independently with minimal supervision and as part of a team
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • An interest in highway safety and automobiles

To apply email your cover letter, resume and salary requirements to

[email protected]