Employment Opportunities

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Current Openings

Open Rank: Research Associate or Sr. Research Associate

The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) seeks qualified ambitious researchers with a strong interest in human cognition and behavior combined with skills in quantitative analysis and modelling.
This position is expected to focus predominantly on driver support systems including autonomous driving systems (ADS). Research will include framing research questions based on a thorough understanding of existing theories and models, time series analysis of (often large sets of) driving data as well as statistical analysis/modelling. Another key topic is the development of simulation models for virtual testing of ADS, including mathematical driver models.
The candidate should be capable of working independently and with multidisciplinary teams to improve transportation safety through cutting-edge research. The candidate is also expected to take on project management roles and take active part in the development of the data analytics area at CTBS and VTTI in general, including the development of new project proposals.

Duties and responsibilities:
-Develop mathematical driver models for use in virtual testing of ADS and safety functions
-Conduct analytics on large data sets to answer safety-and human factors research questions, including time series data analysis as well as statistical modeling
-Develop methods and tools for quantitative safety/driver behavior analytics, primarily in the Matlab/Simulink environment
-Project management
-Interface directly with sponsors to understand requirements and deliver technical presentations
-Perform literature reviews
-Disseminate research findings through academic publications and presentations

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.

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

Research Associate, Impaired Driving-VTTI

The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) seeks a qualified and ambitious professional with a strong background in psychology, human factors engineering, public health, epidemiology, behavioral pharmacology, and/or transportation safety to conduct applied research on all aspects related to impaired driving and mobility. 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 safety 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 small to 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, marijuana, illicit, over-the-counter, and prescription drugs. A primary research focus will be investigating the effects of marijuana on driving performance. In addition, as this position resides within the Center for Vulnerable Road User Safety at VTTI, the successful candidate may also have opportunities to work on projects related to the safety and mobility of the broad array of VRU including: senior drivers, novice/teen drivers, pedestrians, bicyclists, etc..
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 and/or contribute to 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.
Duties and responsibilities:
-Aid in the development of proposals
-Oversee the daily operations of a project including schedule and budget maintenance
-Interact with a variety of research participants
-Assist with the conceptualization and creation of work plans, protocols, and procedures
-Review and critique research plans and reports
-Coordinate and collaborate with subcontractors and interface with stakeholders
-Manage large data sets
-Manipulate and analyze data
-Evaluate the completeness and quality of collected data
-Interpret results and develop robust conclusions
-Write research reports
-Present research findings
-Research and assist in the composition of literature reviews
-Travel to research sites (requirement fluctuates but will generally be <25%)

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.

IT Help Desk Technician-VTTI

Provide hardware/software installation, technical support and user training during peak hours. Monitor laptop and desktop for problems. Perform inventory assessment of building workstations. Reformat, configure and install operating systems, software and patches on building workstations. Ability to keep detailed records of job status in Help Desk Tracking system. Must have a strong work ethic and organization skills to work independently with minimal supervision and adapt quickly to changing computer environments. Ability to communicate and interact with diverse clientele

Research Assistant-VTTI

The Research Assistant will work with supervisor and other researchers to support their analysis needs. Research Assistant will assist in planned and ad hoc analyses, structuring and filtering behavioral and time series data for analysis, and developing computer code to support analyses. Research Assistant will also assist in the execution of external algorithms on the internal datasets, ensuring that data integrity and security are maintained, and that minimum efficiency thresholds are surpassed. This position will also perform other duties as required to complete research projects.
Duties and responsibilities:
-Performs planned and ad hoc analyses
-Structures and filters behavioral and time series data sets of various sizes
-Works with database administrators and managers to resolve problems,
-Writes well-documented, concise, and reliable code to perform the required tasks
-Works with supervisor and other researchers to support their analysis needs
-Generates summary reports for management and customers
-Independently performs most assignments with instructions on global objectives and general results expected.
-Creative, independent, and highly motivated, with excellent interpersonal and communication skills

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.

Open Rank: Research Associate or Sr. Research Associate

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. WeGÇÖre 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.

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-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 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%)