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Research Associate, Phoenix, Arizona-VTTI

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Position Information:

Working Title: Research Associate, Phoenix, Arizona-VTTI
Faculty Rank: Research Associate
Posting Number: SR0160227
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 Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) seeks a qualified and ambitious professional with a strong background in psychology, human factors engineering, and/or transportation safety to conduct applied research located in the Phoenix area. The successful candidate will work closely and play a critical role for activities of the Center for Vulnerable Road User Safety (CVRUS).
As a Research Associate, the ideal candidate will have the knowledge, skills, and abilities to play a leading role in the design, execution, and reporting of large-scale research efforts. This individual will engage collaboratively in multidisciplinary teams while also having the ability to work independently, work closely with research sponsors, contribute to research conceptualization, proposal development, resource acquisition, asset, timeline, vehicle hardware installations, research volunteer/participant management, and budget tracking.
VTTI is a world leader in naturalistic, on-road driving research, and a variety of projects will utilize VTTI’s internally-developed data acquisition systems (DAS). The DAS enables unobtrusive measuring of driver behavior, vehicle operation, and the environment. The applicant can also expect to work on projects that involve in-vehicle data collection, questionnaire/survey development, semi-structured expert interviews, focus groups, and other forms of qualitative and quantitative data collection.
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.
The successful applicant will be able to balance complex work which includes cycles of field and/or office work in a fast-paced, yet rewarding, environment. Proficiency with statistical analyses and analysis software packages is also desired. The ideal applicant will also have project management experience. The applicant must be motivated by improving transportation safety, improving and saving the lives of society’s most vulnerable individuals, and contributing substantially to VTTI’s mission.

Required Qualifications:

-Master’s degree in Psychology, Human Factors Engineering, Experimental and Human Factors Psychology, Industrial Engineering, or related degree. Candidates with a lesser degree and significant experience in lieu of master’s degree will also be considered.
-Thorough understanding of experimental design and analytical methods
-Proficiency with descriptive and inferential statistical analysis techniques
-Excellent technical writing skills (e.g., technical reports, proposals, project status updates, journal publications, etc.)
-Excellent verbal communication skills, both one-on-one as well as to large groups
-Strong organizational skills
-Willingness to work in a fast-paced, flexible research environment
- Data collection experience with human subjects
- Experience securing IRB approval

Preferred Qualifications:

-Experience in transportation or related field
-Field data collection experience with human subjects-Experience with statistical packages such as SAS, SPSS, and R.
-Proficiency with programming languages such as Matlab and SQL
-Project management experience including budget tracking
- Hands-on experience installing electronic systems in vehicles

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

Qualified applicants must electronically submit online application, cover letter, and resume/curriculum vitae to Apply to posting #SR0160227. Applicant screening will begin on March 1, 2017 and continue until the position is filled. Inquiries should be directed to Jon Antin, Search Committee Chair, Virginia Tech is committed to building a culturally diverse faculty and strongly encourages applications from women and minorities.

Employee Category: Research Faculty
Appointment Type: Restricted
If restricted or temporary, enter end date: 03/24/2018
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: 02/15/2017
Review Begin Date: 03/01/2017
Job Close Date(if applicable):
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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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  1. Resume/Curriculum Vita
  2. Cover Letter
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