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Located in the heart of Kendall Square in the culturally diverse and academically rich city of Cambridge, Massachusetts, the U.S. DOT Volpe Center attracts motivated, talented professionals who put their expertise to work in the service of others and address the nation’s most pressing and complex transportation challenges.

A national transportation organization with an international reputation, the U.S. DOT Volpe Center offers a stimulating environment where employees research, develop, and deploy state-of-the-art transportation technologies and help shape innovative policies and programs to resolve real-world transportation issues.

The U.S. DOT Volpe Center is a unique federal agency that is 100 percent funded by sponsor projects, which makes us agile in our approach and entrepreneurial in our nature.

We offer our employees competitive benefits, professional development opportunities, and a flexible and family-friendly work environment.

Job Openings

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The U.S. DOT Volpe Center Snapshot

Our Staff

  • 580 federal employees
  • 7.5% are veterans
  • 50% with advanced degrees
  • 20+ disciplines, including engineering, physical and social science, operations research, human factors, analysis, economics, data science, transportation and community planning, information technology, psychology, and safety operations

Our Work

  • Budget: $220 million
  • 300+ ongoing projects annually
  • Footprint across all nine modes of transportation
  • Collaborate with U.S. DOT, federal agencies, state and local government, academia, and industry

Our Values

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As a federal agency, we serve the public honestly and objectively.



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We continually anticipate and respond to global transportation challenges and emerging issues.



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We foster internal and external collaboration, equity, and partnerships through teamwork and mutual respect.



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We strive to deliver outstanding products and services that exceed sponsor expectations.



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We support the personal and professional well-being and growth of our staff.


Equal Employment Opportunity 

U.S. DOT strives to ensure that equity, transparency, accountability, collaboration, and communication permeate all that we do for the betterment of the Department, the traveling public, and our nation. As such, U.S. DOT values a highly diverse workforce of persons who promote a culture of belonging by respecting the personal dignity and worth of each individual and fostering a positive environment where all feel safe and welcome. If these commitments coincide with your personal ideals and professional aspirations, please consider joining the DOT family.

The U.S. DOT Volpe Center maintains a model federal work environment that is free of discrimination. We ensure equal employment opportunity for employees and applicants for employment, regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), genetic information, age, disability, sexual orientation, or protected activity.

Last updated: Tuesday, May 16, 2023