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Project Associate, Phoenix-VTTI

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Position Information

Position Information:

Working Title: Project Associate, Phoenix-VTTI
Faculty Rank: Project Associate
Posting Number: SR0160201
About Virginia Tech:

Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion, and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.

Position Summary:

The successful candidate will be responsible for assisting with the management of transportation safety and mobility, as well as other related automotive research and outreach projects located in the Phoenix area. The successful candidate will work closely with several key domain experts to assist in coordinating all activities of the Center for Vulnerable Road User Safety (CVRUS). The successful candidate will independently plan, schedule, conduct, and coordinate detailed tasks as part of ground-breaking transportation safety and human factors engineering projects as well as administrative tasks in support of VTTI management. A successful candidate will contribute to research conceptualization, proposal development, resource acquisition, asset, timeline, vehicle hardware installations, research volunteer/participant management, and budget tracking. Successful applicant will serve as the point of contact for studies in Phoenix and may interact with sponsors, interpret findings, prepare reports, and presentations. Work requires a broad knowledge of precedents and practices in the human research domain. Knowledge of vehicle electronics is desired. This position will hold the special research faculty rank of Project Associate.

Duties and responsibilities:
-Responsible for day to day project management
-Assist with the development of research protocols
-Interface with human subjects/participants, including screening, scheduling, running protocols, and debriefing
-Serves as point of contact and interacts with sponsors
-Manage project budget and timelines to ensure work can be completed without cost overruns or unwarranted delays
-Work with center faculty and staff to standardize project documentation procedures
-Contributes to proposal and report development
-Research, write, review, and critique proposals, research plans, and final reports
-Organize, attend, and participate in meetings
-Conceptualize and compose work plans
-Prepare research findings
-Collaborates on research studies as needed
-Serve as an experimenter as needed
-Complete other administrative assignments as directed
-Ability to install and de-install electronic equipment in a variety of motor vehicles, desired
Directions given and received:
Independently performs most assignments with instructions as to the general results expected. Receives technical guidance on unusual or complex problems and supervisory approval on proposed plans for projects. May supervise or coordinate the work of graduate research assistants, technicians, and others who assist in specific assignments.

Required Qualifications:

-Master’s degree in experimental psychology, engineering, or management information systems with exception for lesser degree and significant experience.
-Supervisory experience including developing procedures.
-Demonstrated significant project management experience in conducting moderately complex research projects in an academic, industrial, or governmental environment
-Experience developing and reporting on key project metrics
-Proficiency using computers and Microsoft Office Suite for business or scientific use
-Excellent written and oral communication skills
-Proficiency working independently as well as with a team

Preferred Qualifications:
Employment Conditions: Must have a driver's license check
Must have a conviction check: Yes
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Employment Comments:
How to Apply for this Job:

Interested applicants should complete an online application at to posting #SR0160201

Employee Category: Research Faculty
Appointment Type: Restricted
If restricted or temporary, enter end date: One year from hire
FLSA Status: Exempt: Not eligible for overtime
Tenure Status: Non-Tenure Track
Academic Year or Calendar Year: Calendar Year
Percent Employment: Full-time
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Pay Band
Pay Range: Commensurate with Experience
Department: Virginia Tech Transportation Instit
Location: Out of State
Location, if not Blacksburg: Phoenix, Arizona
Location Zip Code: 85003
Work Schedule: Varies
Job Posting Date: 01/09/2017
Review Begin Date: 01/23/2017
Job Close Date(if applicable):
Restricted to university employees only? No
Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Statement:

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, or veteran status; or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees, or applicants; or any other basis protected by law.

For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact the executive director for Equity and Access at 540-231-2010 or Virginia Tech, North End Center, Suite 2300 (0318), 300 Turner St. NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

If you are an individual with a disability and desire accommodation please contact the hiring department.

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Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vita
  2. Cover Letter
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