Employment Opportunities

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Current Openings

Repair Technician-VTTI

The Repair Technician Senior will assist with daily fabrication requirements, maintenance needs, installation, and testing tasks. Receives general direction from Fabrication Supervisor and CTD staff. Incumbent will design and fabricate research equipment and apparatuses for hardware labs, and research materials for optimal performance. Operate and troubleshoot weather-making system as needed and assist with other tasks as directed. Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing. Person should be self-motivated and able to work unsupervised. Demonstrated experience working under minimal supervision

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.

Software Engineer-Research Associate-VTTI

Independently evaluates, selects and applies software design 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. Performs work developing GUI software, scripts, and operating system configurations.
Independently works developing GUI software, scripts, and operating system configurations in support of data collection. Works as part of a design team to enhance VTTIGÇÖs core data collection software. Assist in system deployments and the configuration of data collection software as needed. Performs work that involves developing innovative and creative solutions to complex software challenges with the goal of advancing the field of data collection and transportation safety. Iteratively acts in concert with the research team to define project goals and technical specifications; to create/refine project plans and milestones; and to integrate these goals, specifications, and timeline to achieve the overall objective.

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/provide training and coordinate the work of graduate research assistants, technicians, and others who assist in specific assignments.

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.

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%)

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%)