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The Human Factors research group at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute 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 driver behavior, road conditions, etc. following detailed protocols.
Perform work developing software, firmware, and electronic circuits for a variety of automated vehicle and data acquisition projects. These designs will be used to improve vehicle controls, localization, path planning, perception, data quality, and other cutting edge technologies used in our current and future generation automated vehicles.
As a team member at VTTI youGÇÖll help facilitate exciting research into human and vehicle factors by solving challenging engineering problems. VTTI is a world leading safety research center working with many OEMs, Tier Ones, and Government agencies to bring about the safe development and deployment of automated cars on American roadways. VTTI is saving lives through research.
Duties and responsibilities:
-Work with a group of experienced engineers within the Center for Technology Development.
-Design software and hardware for human factors research projects.
-Assist in the design and deployment of automated vehicles and data acquisition systems.
-Test designs on the Virginia SmartRoad, Surface Street Expansion, and Rural Roadway private test tracks.
-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.
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, junior engineers, and others who assist in specific assignments.
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%)
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.
- Anne Deekens