Employment Opportunities

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Current Openings

Project Assistant-Virginia Tech Transportation Institute

Chief Objective of Position:
Facilitate and support as directed the conduct of research, outreach, and other activities in service of a broad range program related to transportation safety. Facilitate subject/participant management including recruitment, selection, assessment, conduct of study protocols with human subjects, and documentation of all of the above. Positive attitude and reliable attendance required. Must be able to work independently, applying professional behavior and sound judgment; also must be able to work as a well-integrated team member. Job may require infrequent evening or weekend work based on recruitment needs. Motivated to work independently or with little supervision, with awareness and sensitivity towards multi-cultural issues and deadlines. Demonstrated communications skills

Smart Road Maintenance Crew Member-VTTI

Performs a combination of skilled equipment operation, preventive maintenance and manual labor. Equipment operation includes but is not limited to backhoes, dump trucks, tractors and similar equipment. Perform emergency roadway operations as an essential employee; must be willing to work outside of normal work hours during emergency conditions. Knowledge of Safety policies, procedures, and programs. Perform heavy manual labor. Ability to read and to follow oral and written instructions.

Smart Road Maintenance Operator-VTTI

Performs grounds keeping, fence repair, and facility maintenance. Requires a combination of skilled equipment operation, preventive maintenance and manual labor. Equipment operation includes but is not limited to mowing tractors, backhoes, dump trucks, and similar equipment. Perform emergency roadway operations (typically snow removal) as an essential employee. Must be willing to work outside of normal work hours during emergency conditions. Knowledge of safe practice, procedures, and programs. Perform heavy manual labor. Ability to read and to follow oral and written instructions. Must follow University and Department policy.

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.

Smart Road Dispatcher-VTTI

This position is responsible for tracking the Smart Road billing and vehicle access to the Smart Road, scheduling events on the Smart Road for the current day and future dates, maximizing road use while ensuring safety on the Smart Road. Will work closely with all groups at VTTI, and facilitate an effective facility use schedule. Maintains positive interactions with all groups. Work with research, administrative, and development groups to ensure their goals and expectations are met. Motivated to work independently with little supervision
Excellent attendance record required, regardless of weather conditions.

Data Reductionist, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute

The Data Reduction Group at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, which explores Human Factors-related research questions in the field of transportation safety, is currently accepting applications for the part-time position of Data Reductionist. The job involves working in our computer labs to analyze digital video collected in various research projects in order to analyze and document critical event sequences, driver behavior, road conditions, etc. following detailed protocols.

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.

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.

Research Associate, Engineer ISE or Psychology-VTTI

The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) seeks a qualified and ambitious professional with a strong background in psychology, human factors engineering, public health, and/or transportation safety to conduct applied research on impaired driving (as well as other vulnerable road users including senior and novice drivers; pedestrians; and bicyclists). With the rapidly changing marijuana legalization climate and continued public harm resulting from alcohol-impaired driving, this individual will play a critical role in saving lives and informing public policy through leading-edge transportation research. This individual will join a team of motivated and passionate researchers in the instituteGÇÖs growing impaired driving research area. As a Research Associate, the ideal candidate will have the knowledge, skills, and abilities to play a leading role in the design, execution, and reporting of large-scale research efforts. This individual will engage collaboratively in multidisciplinary teams while also having the ability to work independently, work closely with research sponsors, seek out and secure research funding opportunities, and play a critical role in existing efforts.
Research projects will include a variety of transportation topics with emphasis on alcohol, illicit, over-the-counter, and prescription drugs. A primary research focus will be investigating the effects of marijuana on driving performance. Research projects often leverage a number of VTTIGÇÖs unique technological capabilities and infrastructure. VTTI is a world leader in naturalistic, on-road driving research, and a variety of projects will utilize VTTIGÇÖs internally-developed data acquisition systems (DAS). The DAS enables unobtrusive measuring of driver behavior, vehicle operation, and the environment. Other projects may include the Virginia Smart Road, a unique, state-of-the-art, full-scale closed test-bed research facility managed by VTTI and owned and maintained by the Virginia Department of Transportation. The team is currently working on several projects that involve working closely with national, state, and local officials to understand the effects of impaired driving policy and conducting innovative field research. The applicant can also expect to work on projects that involve in-vehicle data collection, questionnaire/survey development, semi-structured expert interviews, focus groups, and other forms of qualitative and quantitative data collection. While this position is focused on impaired driving research, the candidate is also expected to contribute, as appropriate, to the broader research agenda of the Center for Vulnerable Road User Safety, and VTTI in general.
The successful applicant will be able to balance complex work which includes cycles of field and/or office work in a fast-paced, yet rewarding, environment. Individuals will be expected to simultaneously manage multiple research projects and varying project demands. Experience related to transportation, addiction, alcohol, drugs, policy, and/or toxicology is preferred. Proficiency with statistical analyses and analysis software packages is also desired. The ideal applicant will also have project management experience. The applicant must be motivated by improving transportation safety, improving and saving the lives of societyGÇÖs most vulnerable individuals, and contributing substantially to VTTIGÇÖs mission. VTTI provides opportunities for professional advancement and a pay for performance structure.

Research Associate, Phoenix, Arizona-VTTI

The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) seeks a qualified and ambitious professional with a strong background in psychology, human factors engineering, and/or transportation safety to conduct applied research located in the Phoenix area. The successful candidate will work closely and play a critical role for activities of the Center for Vulnerable Road User Safety (CVRUS).
As a Research Associate, the ideal candidate will have the knowledge, skills, and abilities to play a leading role in the design, execution, and reporting of large-scale research efforts. This individual will engage collaboratively in multidisciplinary teams while also having the ability to work independently, work closely with research sponsors, contribute to research conceptualization, proposal development, resource acquisition, asset, timeline, vehicle hardware installations, research volunteer/participant management, and budget tracking.
VTTI is a world leader in naturalistic, on-road driving research, and a variety of projects will utilize VTTIGÇÖs internally-developed data acquisition systems (DAS). The DAS enables unobtrusive measuring of driver behavior, vehicle operation, and the environment. The applicant can also expect to work on projects that involve in-vehicle data collection, questionnaire/survey development, semi-structured expert interviews, focus groups, and other forms of qualitative and quantitative data collection.
Independently performs most assignments with instructions as to the general results expected. Receives technical guidance on unusual or complex problems and supervisory approval on proposed plans for projects. May supervise or coordinate the work of graduate research assistants, technicians, and others who assist in specific assignments.
The successful applicant will be able to balance complex work which includes cycles of field and/or office work in a fast-paced, yet rewarding, environment. Proficiency with statistical analyses and analysis software packages is also desired. The ideal applicant will also have project management experience. The applicant must be motivated by improving transportation safety, improving and saving the lives of societyGÇÖs most vulnerable individuals, and contributing substantially to VTTIGÇÖs mission.

Project Associate, Phoenix-VTTI

The successful candidate will be responsible for assisting with the management of transportation safety and mobility, as well as other related automotive research and outreach projects located in the Phoenix area. The successful candidate will work closely with several key domain experts to assist in coordinating all activities of the Center for Vulnerable Road User Safety (CVRUS). The successful candidate will independently plan, schedule, conduct, and coordinate detailed tasks as part of ground-breaking transportation safety and human factors engineering projects as well as administrative tasks in support of VTTI management. A successful candidate will contribute to research conceptualization, proposal development, resource acquisition, asset, timeline, vehicle hardware installations, research volunteer/participant management, and budget tracking. Successful applicant will serve as the point of contact for studies in Phoenix and may interact with sponsors, interpret findings, prepare reports, and presentations. Work requires a broad knowledge of precedents and practices in the human research domain. Knowledge of vehicle electronics is desired. This position will hold the special research faculty rank of Project Associate.

Duties and responsibilities:
-Responsible for day to day project management
-Assist with the development of research protocols
-Interface with human subjects/participants, including screening, scheduling, running protocols, and debriefing
-Serves as point of contact and interacts with sponsors
-Manage project budget and timelines to ensure work can be completed without cost overruns or unwarranted delays
-Work with center faculty and staff to standardize project documentation procedures
-Contributes to proposal and report development
-Research, write, review, and critique proposals, research plans, and final reports
-Organize, attend, and participate in meetings
-Conceptualize and compose work plans
-Prepare research findings
-Collaborates on research studies as needed
-Serve as an experimenter as needed
-Complete other administrative assignments as directed
-Ability to install and de-install electronic equipment in a variety of motor vehicles, desired
Directions given and received:
Independently performs most assignments with instructions as to the general results expected. Receives technical guidance on unusual or complex problems and supervisory approval on proposed plans for projects. May supervise or coordinate the work of graduate research assistants, technicians, and others who assist in specific assignments.

Project Associate, San Francisco-VTTI

The successful candidate will be responsible for assisting with the management of transportation safety and mobility, as well as other related automotive research and outreach projects located in the San Francisco, CA area. The successful candidate will work closely with several key domain experts to assist in coordinating all activities of the Center for Vulnerable Road User Safety (CVRUS). The successful candidate will independently plan, schedule, conduct, and coordinate detailed tasks as part of ground-breaking transportation safety and human factors engineering projects as well as administrative tasks in support of VTTI management. A successful candidate will contribute to research conceptualization, proposal development, resource acquisition, asset, timeline, vehicle hardware installations, research volunteer/participant management, and budget tracking. Successful applicant will serve as the point of contact for studies in San Francisco and may interact with sponsors, interpret findings, prepare reports, and presentations. Work requires a broad knowledge of precedents and practices in the human research domain. Knowledge of vehicle electronics is desired. This position will hold the special research faculty rank of Project Associate.
Duties and responsibilities:
-Responsible for day to day project management
-Assist with the development of research protocols
-Interface with human subjects/participants, including screening, scheduling, running protocols, and debriefing
-Serves as point of contact and interacts with sponsors
-Manage project budget and timelines to ensure work can be completed without cost overruns or unwarranted delays
-Work with center faculty and staff to standardize project documentation procedures
-Contributes to proposal and report development
-Research, write, review, and critique proposals, research plans, and final reports
-Organize, attend, and participate in meetings
-Conceptualize and compose work plans
-Prepare research findings
-Collaborates on research studies as needed
-Serve as an experimenter as needed
-Complete other administrative assignments as directed
-Ability to install and de-install electronic equipment in a variety of motor vehicles, desired
Directions given and received:
Independently performs most assignments with instructions as to the general results expected. Receives technical guidance on unusual or complex problems and supervisory approval on proposed plans for projects. May 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, capable of working in a group and 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. 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%)