Transport Modelling and Analysis Graduate

TfL's transport models and data analysis are at the heart of decision-making to address challenges such as a congested road junction, overcrowded trains, London's future growth and achieving net zero carbon. In this scheme you'll gain experience across TfL's industry-leading transport modelling, data and analytical capability. 

Where: London (in one of our main offices plus site visits to transport infrastructure key to your projects. Some home-working may be possible) 

How long: Two years 

Salary: Year 1: £28,500; Year 2: £30,000 (to be updated with September 2023 starter salaries)

What you'll need 

You'll need to hold or be on track to achieve a minimum of 2:2 in a highly numerate degree. This is due to the high level of numeracy required in the role.

What you'll be doing 

Our world-leading transport modelling teams play a crucial role in TfL's evidence-based decision-making processes. You'll have the opportunity to gain experience across our transport modelling and data teams, ranging from strategic London-wide topics to local micro-simulation of individual person movements. You will get to understand: 

  • The data that is available at TfL and how it informs our models and other analytical tools 
  • How to use analytical tools and models  
  • The interactions between analytical tools and models  
  • How outputs are used by stakeholders across TfL and beyond 

Your  development programme will be made up of at least four placement rotations, including at least one in each of our three transport modelling and data analysis teams. Here's an idea of what your programme could look like: 

Placement 1 - Operational Modelling and Visualisation 

  • Use our industry-leading highway network models, local area micro-simulation models or junction models 
  • Support the design and implementation of signal timing strategies, road enhancement schemes (such as new cycle route and bus lanes) or housing projects  
  • Prepare models, undertake assessments, analyse outputs and present complex modelling analysis to varied stakeholders 

Placement 2 - Public Transport Service Planning 

  • Undertake modelling and analysis to inform decisions about public transport service changes 
  • Use the team's station, train service or public transport network models 
  • Work with stakeholders to identify the scope of work and with technical experts to ensure models are used accurately. This could include updates to stations or bus or rail services to better meet passenger demand or understanding the impact of closures to support planned improvement works 
  • Become familiar with the public transport data we use to inform service changes to Buses, LU, Elizabeth line, DLR, London Overground and Trams 

Placement 3 - Strategic Analysis 

  • Work with data and tools at a London-wide level to inform questions around the transition to net zero carbon or how London may change in future scenarios 
  • Work with our strategic transport modelling suite MoTiON or emerging forecasting tools such as our Activity Based Model and land-use transport interaction model 
  • Work with our environmental models to inform initiatives such as the ultra-low emissions zone and/or work with data to monitor the progress we are making towards our ambitious targets  
  • Work on themes that are major challenges for London and beyond, such as air quality 
  • Assess how major schemes, such as High Speed 2, will impact London 

You are expected to complete each of the placements outlined above. There is a lot of scope to tailor each placement to your skills and interests due to the breadth of work in each team. You will be expected to learn the basics of transport modelling and understand the data that is available to TfL and how it is used. Your placements could become more specialised or focussed in areas such as data science, modelling or analytics.

Where this career can take you 

We expect you to roll-off into one of our modelling or analytical teams and be an active participant in those communities after you've completed the scheme. You'll work with project managers, sponsors, fellow modellers and analysts to understand the objectives of technical work and tailor the scope accordingly. You will keep abreast of the latest travel trends to ensure they are represented in our analysis. You can lead larger areas of work and manage a small team as you gain experience. 

What we look for 

Everything we do as an organisation is to ensure that our evolving city remains future-proof for millions of Londoners. Our talented graduates form a vital part of that vision, so it's important that we find the best people to help us do this. We're looking for people who are:

  • Intrigued by the role transport can play in addressing the challenges facing London 
  • Passionate that decision making should be grounded in analytical evidence 
  • Motivated to seek solutions to complex problems 

As a member of the team, we'll give you responsibility and the opportunity to add value from day one. If you are excited by inspiring and influencing the future of London and are up for a challenge and enjoy using analysis to solve problems, then this is the career path for you.  

Meet the Alumni

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"Since joining TfL on a graduate scheme I have been able to work with colleagues in many different departments, all whilst learning a wide variety of software skills and analytical techniques. From working on the data systems underpinning the Elizabeth Line to undertaking analysis helping to shape policies promoting a greener London, the rotational nature of the graduate scheme meant you were constantly learning and always challenged!

The analytical grounding of the graduate scheme is a great springboard for your career in transport modelling and analysis where you'll be creating the evidence base to make London a better place to live and work in. My career so far at TfL has been extremely rewarding and I feel privileged to be part of a community of highly knowledgeable modellers and analysts."

Arjan, Transport Modeller

"Working in different departments on the graduate scheme was a fantastic introduction to TfL. The contacts I made have been invaluable over my 10 years at TfL. I currently lead a team of transport modellers and analysts. I've enjoyed the variety of my work, such as informing an Air Quality Action Plan, designing a new survey to understand pedestrians' experience of 'healthy streets' and informing the business case for an upgrade to a Tube line.

On a typical day I'll meet with a colleague to discuss their work and how to address any challenges they may be facing. I may spend some time reviewing a technical note or producing slides to present a new piece of work. It's not just the analysis and mathematical modelling that is important in our area, but also presenting the outputs in a clear and engaging way, often communicating to non-technical audiences. I also have team or management meetings where we'll talk about resourcing, key projects and what's coming up. There is always plenty to keep me interested!"

Laura, Transport Planner & Analyst