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Research Faculty - Information Systems Lab

Position Information

Position Information:

Working Title: Research Faculty - Information Systems Lab
Faculty Rank: To Be Determined
Posting Number: SR0170403
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 a University level research center that reports to the Vice President of Research and Innovation. Its mission is to cultivate the next generation of national security leaders by developing and executing curricular, extracurricular, and research opportunities to engage students. Renown academic and research faculty from DOD, IC and industry have converged with guidance from an illustrious Board of Advisors constituted by former Directors of NRO and NGA, S&T heads from CIA and NSA, NCTC, etc. One of the fastest growing research centers at VT, sponsors and collaborators benefit from both highly experienced student talent and senior technical leadership that address some of our nation’s greatest security challenges. The Hume team conducts research contracts for the IC, DoD, DHS and Industry. Execution of scope, schedule and cost is complimented by a team of project and program managers. Transition of high impact technology deliverables is effected directly by staff personnel, through industry partnerships and/or numerous individual startups. Opportunity for extramural consulting work also exists. Restricted research is conducted at state of art facilities in Arlington and soon an expansion into a 45,000 sf building in beautiful Blacksburg.

Motivated applicants are sought to join as Research Faculty to support rapid growth in our body of programs in resilient C4ISR Missions, Signals Intelligence & Cyber Operations and Autonomy and Orchestration. The winning candidates can expect highly competitive salary and benefits in a university setting. This position has two distinct divisions: Cyber and Data.

The Cyber division position seeks individuals with experience in cybersecurity, hardware/software reverse engineering, provably secure computing, and security for embedded/industrial/control systems and networks. 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. Experience with algorithm design, FPGA development, GPU development, embedded systems and networking, industrial control systems, multi-threaded programming, and Linux-based design tools is desired. Specific experience using Python, C++, reverse engineering tools such as IDA Pro, FPGA development tools such as Verilog/VHDL/CoreFire, and industry-specific embedded platforms is desired.

The Data division seeks individuals with experience in artificial intelligence, machine learning, optimization, and statistical data analytics. 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. Experience with algorithm design, map-reduce development approaches, GPU development, multi-threaded programming, and Linux-based design tools is desired. Specific experience using Python, R, TensorFlow, Apache Hadoop/Spark/Storm, Caffe/Theano, and C++ is desired. Familiarity with digital communications waveforms and systems is also a plus.
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; and (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 and the ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance.

- For the ranks of Research Associate: An earned master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or related discipline; or an earned bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or related discipline and significant related experience;

- 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; or an earned master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or related discipline and significant related experience;

- 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 jobs.vt.edu. Apply to posting #SR0170403. 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: National Capital Region
Location, if not Blacksburg: Arlington, VA
Location Zip Code: 22203
Work Schedule: *
Job Posting Date: 12/20/2017
Review Begin Date: 01/03/2018
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.

Quick Link: http://listings.jobs.vt.edu/postings/82856

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?
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Required Documents

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