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Sr. Research Scientist

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Position Information

Position Information:

Working Title: Sr. Research Scientist
Faculty Rank: Senior Research Scientist
Posting Number: SR0160240
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 Global Forum for Urban and Regional Resilience (Global Forum) seeks to hire a research scientist whose research interest is in critical infrastructure issues. This is a non-tenure track position. Candidates must be capable of working closely with others in the Forum to conduct research on the financial and socio-political dimensions of critical infrastructure. Applicants for the position must have an earned PhD, must have a demonstrated record in research and scholarship, and must be able to work collaboratively with others in the Global Forum and across campus on research programs. The candidate for this position must have demonstrated experience with serving as a principal investigator on extramurally funded research.

The Global Forum is a university organization that facilitates research and outreach on three resilience themes: socio-political, fiscal, and urban resilience. This new position is intended to advance a fourth area of research on infrastructure but in the context of the existing three themed areas. The Global Forum is not a degree-granting, nor teaching unit, but we do encourage our scientists to teach when it is desirable for their career and meets the goals of the Forum. For information about the Forum please go to

Responsibilities would include:
• Development of a portfolio of externally funded research
• Establish a scholarly record commensurate with the rank of senior research associate
• Mentor PhD and MA students in their degree programs
• Some administrative duties in the Global Forum as determined prior to hiring

Required Qualifications:

• Earned PhD in one of the following fields: geography, economics, public policy or an relevant interdisciplinary degree program
• Scholarship and a funded research record as the principal investigator on critical infrastructure
• Ability to work effectively on team projects

Preferred Qualifications:

• Research focused on regional or urban scale of analysis
• Capabilities in visualization technologies and methods
• Research interests in critical infrastructure issues.

Employment Conditions:
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/cv, to Apply to posting #SR0160240. Applicant screening will continue until the position is filled. 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: August 2020
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: Global Forum on Resilience
Location: Blacksburg
Location, if not Blacksburg:
Location Zip Code: 24061
Work Schedule: M - F 8 -5
Job Posting Date: 03/13/2017
Review Begin Date: 05/01/2017
Job Close Date(if applicable):
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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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