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Open Rank: Research Associate or Sr. Research Associate

Position Information

Position Information:

Working Title: Open Rank: Research Associate or Sr. Research Associate
Faculty Rank: To Be Determined
Posting Number: SR0170347
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 is involved in cutting edge transportation research and development. Our software engineers create applications that are relied upon by researchers studying the latest in connected and autonomous vehicle technologies. We’re looking for engineers experienced in web and mobile applications to bring fresh ideas and an enthusiasm for taking on new problems as we continue to push these technologies forward. Performance at this level requires developmental experience in a professional position, demonstrated leadership, and a graduate level education (or lesser degree with significant experience).
Duties and responsibilities:
-Help create reliable, compelling, efficient, and performant applications that can be relied upon in mission-critical research programs.
-Work on existing and new user interface functionality and server-side REST APIs.
-Work closely with system administrators in a development environment to keep these applications running smoothly.
-Manage resources and keep projects in conformity with agreed upon expectations.
-Maintain overall efficiency and consistency of work effort.
-Work with researchers to develop technology deployment strategies

Directions given and received:
-Independently performs most assignments with instructions on global objectives and general results expected.
-Receives technical guidance on unusual or complex problems and work is reviewed for application of sound professional judgment.
-Supervises/mentors/provides training and coordinates the work of graduate research assistants, staff technicians, faculty engineers, and others who assist in specific assignments. Must have a strong work ethic and be able to work independently with little supervision.

Appointment at the rank of Senior Research Associate will include additional experience in research leadership to include development and execution of programs.

Required Qualifications:

-M.S. degree in Electrical or Computer Engineering field with exception for a lesser degree with significant related experience.
-Demonstrated web or mobile application development.
-Prior experience with relational database systems
-Prior experience with the Java or JavaScript languages and frameworks.

Appointment at the Senior Research Associate Rank: Ph.D. in Electrical or Computer Engineering field with exception for a lesser degree with significant related experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

-Experience with Kotlin or Java and Android application development.
-Experience with Angular, React, or another front-end JavaScript framework.
-Experience with Docker, cloud architectures, and production deployment of code.
-Understanding of artificial intelligence, machine learning, and other advanced data analytics concepts.
-Understanding of connected and automated vehicle standards and operational concepts.
-A commitment to reliable software delivery using tools such as git, unit testing, and Continuous Integration / Continuous Deployment (CI/CD).

Employment Conditions:
Must have a conviction check: Yes
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How to Apply for this Job:

Interested applicants should complete an online application at posting SR0170347.

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: Virginia Tech Transportation Instit
Location: Out of State
Location, if not Blacksburg: Fort Collins, CO or Blacksburg, VA
Location Zip Code: 80526
Job Posting Date: 10/05/2017
Review Begin Date: 10/19/2017
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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