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Research Faculty-Electronic Systems Lab

Position Information

Position Information:

Working Title: Research Faculty-Electronic Systems Lab
Faculty Rank: To Be Determined
Posting Number: SR0170291
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Position Summary:

The Ted and Karyn Hume Center for National Security and Technology at Virginia Tech is seeking applicants for research staff members to support a growing body of programs in data analytics, wireless and digital communications, and space systems. The candidates will conduct research that primarily focuses on supporting the national security community. Consequently, US citizenship and the ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance is required. Entry-level and mid-career individuals are sought.
This position is as a research staff member of the Hume Center, within the Electronic Systems Laboratory, with the opportunity to work on a range of dynamic research projects.
This position is focused on individuals with expertise in digital communications, wireless systems, and radar platforms. Successful applicants will have experience with digital signal processing and software-defined radio technologies, with applications in military radar, tactical/public safety communications, electronic warfare, and/or satellite communications. Experience with algorithm design, FPGA development, embedded DSP development, multi-threaded programming, GPU development, SDR hardware platforms, and Linux-based designed tools is desired. Specific experience using MATLAB, GNU Radio, HDL Coder, REDHAWK, X-MIDAS, VHDL/Verilog, C++, and python is desired.
Specific responsibilities include the following: (1) support the execution of university sponsored programs by conducting research and development; (2) author technical documents and publish peer-reviewed academic papers; (3) support the development of new funded research programs by participating in and proposal teams and supporting the business development activities of the Hume Center; and (4) provide mentorship to students and junior researchers working on programs.
Those appointed to the rank of Senior Research Associate or Senior Research Scientist have additional responsibility for (5) leading program development efforts and serving as principal investigator on research efforts. Those appointed to the rank of Research Scientist or Senior Research Scientist have additional responsibility for (6) serve in a supervisory capacity for students and junior researchers.

Required Qualifications:

- Given the nature of the research conducted and requirement from the federal sponsor, candidates must be a U.S. Citizen with ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance.

- For the ranks of Research Associate : An earned Masters degree in Aerospace Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or related discipline;

- For the ranks of Senior Research Associate, Research Scientist and Senior Research Scientist: an earned Doctorate degree in Aerospace Engineering Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or related discipline;

- For the ranks of Senior Research Associate and Senior Research Scientist: experience serving as a principal investigator in a research and development environment and demonstrated leadership in developing and executing research programs;

- Evidence of high potential for excellence in research and development as demonstrated through academic study or experience; appointments at the rank of senior research associate require demonstrated excellence in research and development; appointments at the rank of senior research scientist require demonstrated excellence in the leadership of a portfolio of research and development programs;

- Experience with conducting research and development; appointments at the rank of senior research associate and senior research scientist require experience in providing research leadership to programs in these areas;

- Proficiency with the tools germane to field of research;

- Demonstrated ability to work as a member of a team in executing upon research projects.

Preferred Qualifications:

- Active security clearance at the TS/SCI level;

- Interest and/or experience in working effectively with a diverse faculty, staff and student population;

- Experience working in an academic environment;

- Experience conducting research programs supporting the federal government.

Employment Conditions: Other (Describe Below)
Must have a conviction check: Yes
Describe Other:

Given the nature of the research conducted and requirement from the federal sponsor, candidates must be a U.S. Citizen and the ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance.

Employment Comments:
How to Apply for this Job:

Qualified applicants must electronically submit online application, resume/curriculum vitae, and have the option to add cover letter, and a list of 3 professional references to Apply to posting #
SR0170291. 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: reviewed annually
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: Hume Center
Location: Blacksburg
Location, if not Blacksburg:
Location Zip Code: 24061
Work Schedule: Mon-Fri 8-5, or as requested
Job Posting Date: 06/30/2017
Review Begin Date: 07/18/2017
Job Close Date(if applicable):
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Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

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

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Supplemental Questions

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  1. Due to restrictions established by the federal funding agency, eligible candidates must be either a US Citizen or US Permanent Resident. Do you currently meet this requirement?
    • Yes
    • No
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    (Open Ended Question)

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Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vita
Optional Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. List of References