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UAS Pilot

Position Information

Position Information:

Working Title: UAS Pilot
Faculty Rank: Research Associate
Posting Number: SR0180030
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 MAAP Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Pilot will be responsible for safe, effective, and efficient piloting of UAS; safety and operational management of field projects; acting as crewmember for operations utilizing UAS and conventional aircraft; and providing technical support for aeronautical research consistent with the objectives of the FAA Designated UAS Test Site at Virginia Tech.
The position may receive tasking from the flight operations and engineering team leads and will report to the MAAP Flight Operations Manager.
The incumbent is expected to exercise sound decision making and problem solving skills while interacting with internal and external Test Site users and partners. The incumbent should be able to independently and effectively manage UAS field operations in diverse field environments.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Acting in various UAS crewmember roles including Pilot-in-Command (PIC), Visual Observer (VO), and Aviation Safety Officer (ASO)
FAA Certificate of Authorization (COA) development, management and compliance
• Provide input to aeronautical research test planning
• Participate in the MAAP Safety Risk Management (SRM) process
• Crew certification and training support
• Assist in flight operations scheduling
• Perform preventative maintenance and basic upgrades to MAAP UAS assets
• Perform and supervise ground and flight operations in accordance with all applicable regulations
• Interface with flight operations departments of Test Site users and external partners
• Perform flight and logistics planning for internal and external operations
• Conduct pre-mission planning, evaluation and briefings
• Complete post mission requirements, reports and logging
• Contribute to MAAP safety, technical, and operations documentation
• Provide expertise to contribute to initial and continued UAS airworthiness assessments

Required Qualifications:

• Master’s Degree in an aviation related field. An exception can be made for a Bachelors Degree in a related field with significant training and experience
FAA Remote Pilot Certificate (Part 107)
FAA Private Pilot Certificate
• Significant experience in and knowledge of UAS operations in various environments
• Must be able to effectively communicate verbally and in written form

Preferred Qualifications:

FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate
• Current FAA 2nd Class Medical Certificate
• Extensive aviation background and knowledge
• Proficient RC flying skills
• Experience in range safety and/or test range protocols
• Experience with complex manned and/or unmanned flight operations
• Experience in public and civil UAS applications
• Experience with COA development, application and management experience

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, resume/curriculum vitae, and a list of 3 professional references to Apply to posting #SR0180030. 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: 04/09/2019
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: Inst for Critical Technology & Applied Science
Location: Blacksburg
Location, if not Blacksburg:
Location Zip Code: 24061
Job Posting Date: 03/07/2018
Review Begin Date: 04/01/2018
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.

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Required Documents

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