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Research Associate-VTTI

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Position Information

Position Information:

Working Title: Research Associate-VTTI
Faculty Rank: Research Associate
Posting Number: SR0160206
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 qualified ambitious research engineers with aptitude for assisting customers in framing human factors research questions and developing data analysis tools and techniques to answer those questions.
The candidate should be an experienced engineer capable of working independently and with multidisciplinary teams to improve transportation safety through cutting-edge research. As a Research Associate, this opening is pursuing applicants that demonstrate experience and skills in transportation human factors, programming and basic statistics including experimental design.
Research projects range from small test-track experiments using a single next-generation vehicle to large naturalistic studies involving hundreds of vehicles on live roadways. The research often features data acquisition systems to unobtrusively collect various sensor elements with the aim of characterizing the roadway, vehicle, and driver performance. These measures are analyzed to address specific research questions that tend to focus on the characterization of existing transportation problems (e.g. crash causation) and/or the performance/development of advanced vehicle systems (e.g. crash avoidance technology). This position is expected to focus predominantly on driver support systems including autonomous vehicle systems.
Experience with vehicle systems, signal processing, and data analysis tools is preferred. The applicant must be comfortable and proficient in an environment where each project has some commonalities with previous but many new challenges to solve.
Duties and responsibilities:
- Organize customer needs into feasible open-road experiments, test track experiments, or analysis of large scale naturalistic driving databases as is appropriate.
- Oversee instrumentation of vehicles to support research needs
- Develop program code for robust distillation of sensor and questionnaire data into informative summary data
- Conduct routine data collection and analysis and determine the accuracy and completeness of the data collected.
- Coordinate research support activities including video reduction tasks and recruiting
- Execute appropriate statistical analyses for different research applications.
-Oversee the daily operations of a project including schedule and budget maintenance.
- Apply fundamental physics and engineering concepts to quantify driving situations particularly related to safety.
- Develop analysis code to process vehicle measures (e.g., accelerations, yaw, range to other vehicles) and describe events and alternative outcomes.
- Write well documented, concise, and reliable code to perform various analysis tasks and subtasks of larger analyses.
- Generate graphical and tabular summaries of large quantities of analyzed data.
- Write proposals and statements-of-work
-Interface directly with sponsors to understand requirements and deliver technical presentations
-Travel to research sites (requirement fluctuates but will generally be <25%)
-Research and compose literature reviews,
-Compose, review, and critique reports and research plans
-Present research findings
Directions given and received:
Receive instructions on project objectives, feedback on proposed research plans, and project logistics from principal investigators, project managers and team members. Will supervise or coordinate the work of graduate research assistants, technicians, and others who assist in specific assignments.

Required Qualifications:

-M.S. in Human Factors Engineering, Experimental and Human Factors Psychology, Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Engineering or Electrical and Computer Engineering. Candidates with a lesser degree and significant experience in lieu of master’s degree will also be considered.
-Demonstrated experience and interest in programming.
-Demonstrated experience in transportation or related field.
- Working knowledge of mechanical engineering / engineering physics principles
-Ability to lead project teams and oversee project schedule, budgets, and deliverables.
-Demonstrated strong writing and organizational skills.
-Solid understanding of engineering principles needed to analyze, verify, and interpret work.
-Proficient in data processing and analysis.

Preferred Qualifications:

-MATLAB programming experience is preferred.
-Database programming preferred.
-Motorcycle familiarity preferred.
-Motorcycle license/endorsement
-Experience with vehicle systems, signal processing, and data analysis tools is preferred

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

-Due to the nature of the work, successful candidates must be legally able to sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement, possess a valid U.S. driver’s license for at least 3 months prior to hire date, and have a minimum of one year of licensed driving experience overall.
-Upon hire, you will be required to sign a Confidentiality/Non-Disclosure Agreement and complete an online training course in the protection of human research subjects.
-Travel to research sites (requirement fluctuates but will generally be <25%).

Employment Comments:

-Due to the nature of the work, successful candidates must be legally able to sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement, possess a valid U.S. driver’s license for at least 3 months prior to hire date, and have a minimum of one year of licensed driving experience overall.
-Upon hire, you will be required to sign a Confidentiality/Non-Disclosure Agreement and complete an online training course in the protection of human research subjects.

How to Apply for this Job:

Qualified applicants must electronically submit online application, resume’, list of three professional and/or academic references, and cover letter that describes experience working in the transportation field and previous work that used programming to analyze data. Apply to jobs.vt.edu, posting #SR0160206. Applicant screening will begin on February 2, 2017 and continue until the position is filled. Inquiries should be directed to Shane Mclaughlin, Search Committee Chair, smclaughlin@vtti.vt.edu. Virginia Tech is committed to building a culturally diverse faculty and strongly encourages applications from women and minorities.

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.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire accommodation please contact the hiring department or contact University ADA Services http://oea.vt.edu/ada-accessibility-services.html with any questions.

Employee Category: Research Faculty
Appointment Type: Restricted
If restricted or temporary, enter end date: One year from hire date
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: Virginia Tech Transportation Instit
Location: Blacksburg
Location, if not Blacksburg:
Location Zip Code: 24061
Work Schedule: Varies
Job Posting Date: 08/02/2017
Review Begin Date: 09/04/2017
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 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/72983

Supplemental Questions

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Required Documents

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