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Research Assistant Professor

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Position Information

Position Information:

Working Title: Research Assistant Professor
Faculty Rank: Research Assistant Professor
Posting Number: SR0170301
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 Ted and Karyn Hume Center for National Security and Technology at Virginia Tech is seeking applicants for research faculty members to support a growing body of programs in data analytics, wireless and digital communications, and space systems. The candidate 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.

This position serves as a research staff member of the Hume Center, within one of its three research laboratories: Aerospace Systems Laboratory, Information Systems Laboratory, or Electronic Systems Laboratory. These labs host a range of dynamic research projects and the successful applicant will have the ability to contribute to these programs, lead the development of new programs, and mentor students engaged in these programs.

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; (4) mentor students engaged in experiential learning programs; (5) advise graduate students pursuing advanced degrees; and (6) occasionally teach courses.

For positions within the Electronic Systems Laboratory, individuals with expertise in digital communications, wireless systems, and radar platforms are sought. 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.

For data-focused positions within the Information Systems Laboratory, individuals with experience in artificial intelligence, machine learning, optimization, and statistical data analytics are sought. Successful applicants will have experience applying these tools to a range of data problems, such as time-series analysis, statistical forecasting and inference, and detection/classification.

For cyber-focused positions within the Information Systems Laboratory, individuals with experience in cybersecurity, hardware/software reverse engineering, provably secure computing, and security for embedded/industrial/control systems and networks are sought. Successful applicants will have a mixture of theoretical foundations in areas such as the theory of computing, formal methods, or cryptography; paired with hands-on experience working with real-world security issues.

For positions within the Aerospace Systems Laboratory, individuals with experience in satellite systems, autonomous control, space domain awareness, and system optimization and orchestration are sought. The successful applicant will have technical expertise in designing, building, testing, and flying experimental spacecraft.

Required Qualifications:

- 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.

- An earned Doctorate degree in Aerospace Engineering Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or related discipline;
- Evidence of high potential for excellence in research and development as demonstrated through academic study or experience;

- Demonstrated mastery of ones’ field of study through publication of relevant research in peer-reviewed academic venues appropriate to the discipline;

- Proficiency with the tools germane to field of research; and

- 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;

- Experience writing grant and contract proposals;

- Experience serving as principal investigator on research grants and contracts;

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

- Experience conducting research programs supporting defense and intelligence sponsors.

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

Given the nature of research conducted within the Hume Center, the candidate will need to conduct sensitive research relating to national security. Consequently, US citizenship and the ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance are required.

Employment Comments:

Given the nature of research conducted within the Hume Center, the candidate will need to conduct sensitive research relating to national security. Consequently, US citizenship and the ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance are required.

How to Apply for this Job:

Qualified applicants must electronically submit online application, in addition to requested documents to jobs.vt.edu. Apply to posting #
SR0170301. Applicant screening of applications will continue until the position is filled.

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
If part time, enter Percent Time:
Pay Band
Pay Range: Commensurate with Experience
Department: Hume Center
Location: Blacksburg
Location, if not Blacksburg: Blacksburg or Arlington, Virginia
Location Zip Code: 24061
Work Schedule: as requested by department
Job Posting Date: 07/05/2017
Review Begin Date: 07/24/2017
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 Accessibility 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.

Quick Link: http://listings.jobs.vt.edu/postings/77702

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  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
  2. Please describe recruiting source identified in previous question (if applicable):

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. How did you first learn about this job opening?
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    • Commonwealth of Virginia Jobs (www.jobs.virginia.gov)
    • Virginia Tech job site (www.jobs.vt.edu)
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Required Documents

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