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.
How long: 2 years
Where: London (Palestra, Southwark) plus site visits to transport infrastructure relevant to your projects. Some home working may be possible, depending on the placement.
Salary: £28,500 rising to £30,000 in year 2
What you'll need
Due to the high level of numeracy required in the role, already hold or be on track to achieve a minimum of 2:1 in a numerate degree.
What you'll be doing
As a graduate, your 2-year development programme will be made up of up to 4 placement rotations, including at least one in each of our 3 transport modelling and data analysis teams. Our aim is to equip you with the range of skills and experience you need for your successful career.
We also understand that everyone's career is different, so every graduate's journey is unique. Here's an idea of what yours could look like:
Placement 1 - Operational Modelling and Visualisation
You will use one or more of our industry-leading highway network models, local area micro-simulation models or junction models to support the design & implementation of signal timing strategies or the design, implementation & operation of road enhancement schemes, for example a new cycle route, bus lane or junction to access a new large development. You will prepare the models, informed by data, to ensure they are suitable for the assessment. You will then undertake the assessment, analyse the outputs and use our visualisation capabilities to present complex modelling analysis in a manner suitable for our varied stakeholders.
Placement 2 - Public Transport Service Planning
You will undertake modelling and analysis to inform decisions about public transport service changes. You will use one or more of the team's station, train service or public transport network models. You will work with stakeholders to identify the appropriate scope of work and with technical experts to ensure the models are used accurately. These changes could include updates to bus or rail services to better meet passenger demand across London, plans to upgrade stations or understanding the impact of temporary closures due to engineering works. You will become familiar with the wealth of public transport data we use to inform service changes to Buses, Underground, Elizabeth line, DLR, London Overground and Trams.
Placement 3 - Strategic Analysis
You will work with data and tools at a London-wide level informing key questions around environmental challenges and how London may change in different future scenarios. You will work with our strategic transport modelling suite, MoTiON, or maybe one of emerging innovative forecasting tools such as our agent-based model and our land-use transport interaction model. There could also be the opportunity to work with our environmental models and/or the data we collect to monitor progress towards our ambitious targets. You will work on themes that are major challenges for London and beyond, such as air quality, carbon or how major schemes, such as High Speed 2, will impact London.
You are expected to complete each of the placements outlined above. There is 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 that data that is available to TfL and how it is used. Your placements may become more specialised, for example, data science, modelling or analytics if your interests move in that direction.
Where this career can take you
Upon completing the scheme, you are expected to roll-off into one of our modelling or analytical teams and be an active participant in those communities. You will work in close liaison with project managers and sponsors, as well as fellow modellers and analysts, to understand the objectives of the technical work and tailor the scope accordingly. You will keep abreast of the latest travel trends to ensure they are represented in our analysis.
As you gain more experience you will be expected to lead ever larger areas of work and, eventually, manage a small team. TfL is a large organisation and there will be opportunities to gain experience and progress.