Employment Opportunities

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Current Openings

Mechanical Engineering Supervisor, Research Associate-VTTI

The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) seeks talented mechanical engineers, who enjoy solving complex problems.
Ideal candidate is a highly motivated engineer, capable of coordinating group efforts and working independently. The applicant must be comfortable working with mechanical and electrical systems, and be willing to work on multiple projects in a fast paced research environment.
Employee will utilize Solidworks to design and reverse engineer complex assemblies. Employee will lead design group effort, and coordinate with researchers. Individual will contribute to conceptualizations, proposals, execution, and logistics to facilitate research addressing critical transportation knowledge gaps.
Projects focus on transportation research, but range from one-off vehicle installations to large scale coordinated efforts. Tasks focus on vehicle modification, research fixtures, and data collection devices. Research platforms include passenger cars, motorcycles, commercial heavy vehicles, and bicycles.
Experience with vehicle systems, complex assembly design, and rapid prototyping is preferred. The applicant must be interested in improving transportation safety
Assignments include:
-Delegate, coordinate, and oversee mechanical design group efforts.
-Handle multiple priorities.
-As a supervisor, review and critique subordinate designs.
-Mentor rising designers.
-Interface with researchers, engineers, designers, and lab personnel.
-Research, design, and validate complex assemblies.
-Analyze problems, provide solutions, and provide support.
-Document designs, assembly procedures, and installation protocol.
-Travel to research sites (requirement fluctuates but will generally be <10%)

Electronic Hardware/Software Engineer-VTTI

Perform work developing software, firmware, and electronic circuits for a variety of automated vehicle and data acquisition projects. Independently evaluates, selects and applies engineering principles, procedures, and criteria, using judgment in making adaptations and modifications. Assignments have project objectives and require the investigation of a variety of variables. Performance at this level requires developmental experience in a professional position or equivalent graduate level educations. Work with researchers to develop technology deployment strategies.

Duties and responsibilities:
Independently work designing circuits, firmware, and software for automated vehicle and data acquisition systems. Work with researchers to develop technology deployment strategies. Assist in system deployments and the construction of automated vehicle systems and data collection systems and components as needed. Perform work that involves developing innovative and creative solutions to complex engineering challenges with the goal of advancing the field of data collection and transportation safety. Iteratively acts in concert with the research team and sponsors to define project goals and technical specifications; to create/refine project plans and milestones; and to integrated these goals, specification and timeline to achieve the overall objective. Duties include one or more of the following: test materials, trial and error problem solving, preparation of specification, process study, research investigations, and report preparation. Specifically responsible for developing and maintaining automated vehicle and data acquisition technologies, as well as testing and analysis of new technologies.

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. May supervise/mentor/train and coordinate the work of technicians, graduate research assistants and others who assist in specific assignments.

Mechanical Engineer, Research Associate-VTTI

The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) seeks talented mechanical engineers, who enjoy solving complex problems.
Ideal candidate is a highly motivated engineer, expected to work independently and in a group environment. The applicant will be expected to work with mechanical and electrical systems, and be expected to work on multiple projects in a fast paced research environment.
Employee will utilize Solidworks to design and reverse engineer complex assemblies. Individual will contribute to conceptualizations, proposals, execution, and logistics to facilitate research addressing critical transportation knowledge gaps.
Projects focus on transportation research, but range from one-off vehicle installations to large scale coordinated efforts. Tasks focus on vehicle modification, research fixtures, and data collection devices. Research platforms include passenger cars, motorcycles, commercial heavy vehicles, and bicycles.
Experience with vehicle systems, complex assembly design, and rapid prototyping is preferred. The applicant must be interested in improving transportation safety
Assignments include:
-Handle multiple priorities.
-Interface with engineers, designers, and lab personnel.
-Research, design, and validate complex assemblies.
-Analyze problems, provide solutions, and provide support.
-Document designs, assembly procedures, and installation protocol.
-Travel to research sites (requirement fluctuates but will generally be <10%)

Project Associate, Data Analyst-VTTI

The data analyst will assist in the creation of data extraction specifications, and then extract, process, and export driving datasets from much larger databases. The data analyst will also oversee the transfer of these datasets to sponsors and monitor and control the quality of the data extractions. The analyst will also oversee the execution of external algorithms on the internal datasets, ensuring that data integrity and security are maintained, and that minimum efficiency thresholds are surpassed. In these processes, the analyst will consider the research questions that are being asked, the feasibility of different sampling strategies, the efficiency of the code being used, and the need for validation strategies, as applicable. In doing so, the analyst will draw upon his or her in-depth understanding of naturalistic driving data and statistical analysis techniques. The data analyst will also prepare documents such as monthly/quarterly progress reports, flow-charts, work plans, comprehensive presentations, interim and final reports suitable for all levels and management and sponsors.

Duties and responsibilities:
-Structures and filters large behavioral data sets, integrating relational databases
-Establishes methods to quantify the accuracy and completeness of the datasets extracted or algorithm overlays executed
-Tracks the progress of extraction or overlay jobs and responds to process breakdowns
-Works with database administrators and managers to resolve problems, maximize efficiency, and improve processes
-Writes well-documented, concise, and reliable code to perform the required tasks
-Generates graphical and tabular summaries of data extracted or utilized
-Works with supervisor and other researchers to support their analysis needs
-Generates summary reports for management and customers
-Collaborates in the development of data dictionaries and in the production of comprehensive reports and presentations suitable for project sponsors
-Assists in addressing internal and external inquiries made about datasets maintained at VTTI
-Assists in tracking project progress and costs
-Independently performs most assignments with instructions on global objectives and general results expected.
-May supervise/mentor/provide training and coordinate the work of graduate research assistants, technicians, and others who assist in specific assignments.

Sr. Project Associate, Database Administrator-VTTI

The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) is seeking a database administrator to be responsible for the administration and operation of databases in a dynamic research environment. In addition to day to day database operations, the position also involves providing consultation to researchers regarding database design, performance, and usage, as well as providing vision and guidance regarding major database decisions. The position requires work both individually as well as collaboratively with other members of the VTTI IT team and researchers. The ideal candidate must be able to communicate and interact effectively with this diverse clientele. Due to the nature of the environment, the ability to be flexible and a motivated self-learner is vital.
The database platforms in use at VTTI are primarily IBM DB2 and Microsoft SQL Server. The DB2 environment is the primary repository for VTTIGÇÖs research data and currently houses hundreds of terabytes of research data in an MPP infrastructure running on Linux. VTTI uses Microsoft SQL Server for major research projects, especially for a management and inventory database with replication to numerous distributed laptops. In addition, VTTI also uses MySQL and PostgreSQL in miscellaneous roles as appropriate, for example as utility databases for LAMP/LAPP applications.

Research Associate-VTTI

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.

Vehicle Electronics Technician, California

Performing electronic installation, service, and repair duties ranging from entry-level to journey-level, and managing data collection from experimental vehicles in San Francisco, and surrounding area.

Responsibilities include: installing, repairing, servicing, adjusting, calibrating, fine-tuning, and testing devices, circuitry and components on electronic and electronic communications equipment (e.g. cameras, monitors, video recorders, computers, transmitting, etc.) on vehicles, operating primarily on the basis of electric or electronic principles. 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. Must be willing to work nights and weekends. Positive attitude and reliable attendance required. Must be able to lift objects up to 50 pounds. Should be self-motivated and able to work unsupervised while maintaining a high level of attention to detail.

Vehicle Electronics Technician, Arizona, VTTI

Performing electronic installation, service, and repair duties ranging from entry-level to journey-level, and managing data collection from experimental vehicles in Arizona and surrounding area. Responsibilities include: installing, repairing, servicing, adjusting, calibrating, fine-tuning, and testing devices, circuitry and components on electronic and electronic communications equipment (e.g. cameras, monitors, video recorders, computers, transmitting, etc.) on vehicles, operating primarily on the basis of electric or electronic principles. 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. Must be willing to work nights and weekends. Positive attitude and reliable attendance required. Must be able to lift objects up to 50 pounds. Should be self-motivated and able to work unsupervised while maintaining a high level of attention to detail.