Employment Opportunities

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Current Openings

Summer On-Road Experimenter

On-road experimenters are tasked with setting up the Smart Road/ building for a participant study, presenting experimental conditions during the study and cleaning up the Smart Road/ building once the study is done. During our night studies, it is typical for an on-road experimenter to stand on the side of the road as a pedestrian, set up objects along the road such as deer decoys or wooden targets, or in some cases operate experimental equipment. This position has the ability to continue into fall semester and beyond if desired.

Please send an email of interest along with your resume to Liz Catron.

Medical Background Needed

VTTI is looking for a person with a medical background (Phlebotomist, CNA, LPN, RN, or Paramedic) to assist in a sporadic/short term research project:

  • What: Drawing blood, collecting and processing saliva samples, per protocol
  • When: 7:00pm to 3:00am 4 nights a week, Sunday - Wednesday
  • Shift: 2 weeks working and 6 weeks off
  • Pay: Hourly rate based on experience and medical licensure
  • Duration: Project is expected to run 12-18 months
  • Start: May/June (set up) with study/participants beginning in June

If interested, please send a letter of interest/resume to Charlotte Lowdermilk.

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

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.

Data Reduction Training Specialist -VTTI

The Data Reduction Group at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) requires a Data Reduction Training Specialist to assist with project and staff management. The Data Reduction Labs (DRLs) at VTTI serve a variety of human factors research groups by analyzing digital video data collected during various research projects in order to interpret and record information about driver behavior, incident progression, road conditions, etc. using various custom computer interfaces. The group employs a large team of part-time data reductionists, the latter of which are a mix of student and non-student employees working 16-25 hours per week with varying schedules.
The Training Specialist assists the Data Reduction Group (Group Leader and Coordinators) in developing, maintaining, and administering consistent training materials and activities, supporting research customer visits to the Secure Data Enclave, and supporting other group activities as needed.
Some specific tasks are listed below:
-ùCoordinate use of the Secure Data Enclave, including corresponding with customers before, during, and after their visit(s), preparing technical and logistical aspects of the visit, and providing necessary training.
-ùAssist with new employee orientation and training.
-ùConduct training on standard data reduction tasks.
-ùDevelop and/or test new data reduction standards.
-ùDevelop and maintain training material including, but not limited to, videos, diagrams, decision trees, and written documents.
-ùReview, edit, and maintain a library of project protocols and other documents.
-ùWrite basic XML and SQL scripts to support data reduction projects.
-ùAttend group meetings and keep accurate records of meeting discussions.
-ùAssist with data reduction quality control as needed.
-ùServe as a backup proctor for the data reduction labs.
-ùServe as a backup records keeper relating to data reductionist hours and project charges.
-ùOther tasks assigned as needed.

A successful Training Specialist will possess the following qualities:
-ùExcellent organizational skills and attention to detail
-ùExceptional interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively with and contribute to large team efforts.
-ùExcellent communications skills and experience with technical writing
-ùPositive attitude and reliable attendance
-ùAbility to work independently and exercise sound professional judgment
-ùAbility to learn new computer and data skills quickly.
-ùAbility to handle multiple tasks and meet deadlines.

Data Reduction Coordinator-Va Tech Transportation Institue

Data Reduction Coordinator will assist in the operations of the human factors data reduction labs at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI). The data reduction labs at VTTI serve a variety of research groups by analyzing digital video data collected during various research projects in order to interpret and record information about driver behavior, incident progression, environmental conditions, etc. using various custom computer interfaces. Data Reduction Coordinators support this effort by overseeing routine lab operations and serving as the primary supervisor for a team of part-time data reductionists. Data Reduction Coordinator will coordinate with the Data Reduction Manager in all phases of the Data Reduction QA/QC Workflow including reduction protocol development and testing, data reductionist training and evaluation; reduction progress monitoring and QA assessment, and data cleaning and preparation prior to final delivery. Some specific tasks are listed below:
-ùRecruit, train, schedule, and supervise a team of part-time Data Reductionists.
-ùPrepare data reduction protocols based on specific project needs and known challenges presented by those needs and the limitations of the data. Subject to review by Data Reduction Manager and Project Manager.
-ùSet up data reduction interfaces based on approved reduction protocols using propriety software.
-ùCreate and maintain reduction tracking tools using standard office software such as MS Excel or MS Access.
-ùConduct routine tests for data reductionists on reduction protocols.
-ùMonitor reduction progress relative to deadlines and data quality. Identify and reconcile necessary protocol revisions in conjunction with Data Reduction Manager and Project Manager.
-ùWork with Data Reduction Manger to project reduction completion dates and estimate staffing requirements to reach deadlines.
-ùAnalyze reduction protocols and logs to identify potential quality concerns.
-ùQuery the reduction database and work with data reductionists to reconcile inconsistencies, errors, and uncertainties within the data and the protocol.
-ùPrepare final datasets and data dictionaries for delivery to project manager

A successful Data Reduction Coordinator will possess the following qualities:
-ùExcellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
-ùGood interpersonal skills and demonstrated experience working successfully as a contributor to a team effort.
-ùDemonstrated excellent communications skills and experience with technical writing.
-ùPositive attitude and reliable attendance.
-ùMust be willing to participate in a Saturday work rotation (~1 Saturday/month from 10am-3pm) and be willing to work other evening and weekend shifts if needed with advance notice.

Research Associate -VTTI

The Center for Advanced Automotive Research (CAAR) at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) seeks qualified ambitious researchers with aptitude for investigating and solving complex challenges.

The candidate should be an experienced professional capable of working independently and with interdisciplinary 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 safety, human factors, programming, and statistics with an aptitude for developing and executing robust experimental designs.

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 focuses predominantly on maximizing the safety associated with Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, automated vehicles, and Connected vehicles. Applicant should be comfortable working in a hands-on environment with the latest technologies and also exhibit excellent communication skills.

VTTI is a fast-paced working environment with new challenges each day.

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 analysis code to process vehicle measures (e.g., accelerations, yaw, range to other vehicles) and describe events and alternative outcomes.
- 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.
- 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 <20%)
-Research and compose literature reviews.
-Compose, review, and critique reports and research plans.
-Present research findings
Directions given and received:
Receive instructions from experienced researchers on project objectives, feedback on proposed research plans, and project logistics from principal investigators, project managers and team members. Position requires supervising or coordinating the work of graduate research assistants, technicians, and others who assist in specific assignments.

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%)

Research Specialist -Virginia Tech Transportation Instit

Candidates will provide support to Researchers involving study participants, driver training and data collection. Maintain a good working relationship with sponsors/staff. Assist in greeting participants on-site and administering questionnaires. Maintain participant confidentiality. Set up the Smart Road for a participant study, presenting experimental conditions during the study, and cleaning up the Smart Road once the study is completed. Perform on-road tasks such as acting as pedestrians or bicyclist, setting up objects on the road, or operating experimental equipment. Experimentation does require candidate to be outside after dark for extended periods of time, in differing weather conditions. Track data collection progress and maintenance issues. Reduce study data and inspect data quality. Graph study data and format graphs for consistency. Ability to maintain summary spreadsheets and contact information of participants and potential participants. Assist other research personnel in daily administrative duties. Positive attitude, reliable communication and attendance required. Must be available a minimum of four nights per week.

Software Engineer, Autonomous Vehicles-VTTI

The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) seeks talented engineers, who enjoy solving complex problems. Ideal candidate is a highly motivated engineer, expected to work independently and in a group environment. Position will Develop software for a variety of autonomous vehicle control and data acquisition projects. These designs will be used to improve 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 for autonomous vehicle research.
-Assist in the design and deployment of automated vehicles and data acquisition systems.
-Test designs on the Virginia Smart Road, 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.

Software Engineer-Research Associate-VTTI

Perform work developing software for a variety of automated vehicle, data processing, and data acquisition projects. Advance the field of transportation safety through creative solutions to complex software challenges. Independently evaluate, select and apply software design principles, procedures, and criteria, using judgment in making adaptations and modifications. Performance at this level requires developmental experience in a professional position or equivalent graduate level educations. Work developing GUI software, scripts, and operating system configurations. Iteratively act 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.

Independently perform 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.

Automated Driving Systems, Research Associate -VTTI

The Center of Public Policy, Partnerships, and Outreach (C3PO) at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) seeks qualified ambitious research engineers with aptitude for assisting customers in framing policy related research questions and developing data analysis tools and techniques to answer those questions.
The candidate should be an experienced professional capable of working independently and with interdisciplinary 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 safety, policy, and basic statistics.
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 policy aspects of advanced transportation systems, automated driving systems, and safety standards.
Experience with vehicle systems 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:
- 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.
- 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.

Data Reductionist- VTTI

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.

Automated Driving Systems, Senior Research Associate-VTTI

The Center of Public Policy, Partnerships, and Outreach (C3PO) at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) seeks qualified ambitious senior engineers with aptitude for solving complex problems through application of advanced research and development techniques.
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 Senior Research Associate, this opening is pursuing applicants that demonstrate experience in transportation research or related field as well as project leadership and management skills.
Research projects ranging from policy aspects of advanced transportation technologies, safety standards, automated driving systems, traveler and driver behavior study, transportation systems and operations, to transportation safety modeling. Independent proposal writing, project managing, data processing and analyzing are required for this position. The research often participates on test-track experiments using a single vehicle to large-scale naturalistic driving studies that involve collecting data from hundreds of vehicles on public roadways. Research projects often use VTTIGÇÖs internally-developed data acquisition system (DAS). The DAS enables unobtrusive measurement of driver behavior, vehicle operation, and the environment. The collected data are analyzed to address specific research questions that typically focus on existing transportation problems (e.g. crash causation) and/or the performance/development of advanced vehicle systems (e.g. crash warning and autonomous vehicle technologies). Questionnaire, focus group, and survey data collection methods may also be used in these experiments.
The successful applicant will perform work involving conventional engineering practices but may include a variety of complex features such as working with fluctuating requirements, cycles of field and/or office work, and complex data manipulation and analyses methods. Employee will contribute to research conceptualization, proposal development, research execution, resource acquisition, logistics, and documentation.
Employee will apply advanced data acquisition tools and techniques to obtain robust research data to address critical transportation knowledge gaps. These data will be used by the engineer to perform data analysis and develop documentation based on direction provided by the Principal Investigator. The Sr. Research Associate will be expected to serve as a Principal Investigator on projects when deemed appropriate. Experience with vehicle systems, signal processing, and data analysis tools is preferred. The applicant must be interested in improving transportation safety and be willing to work on multiple projects in a fast paced research environment.
Duties and responsibilities:
-Oversee the daily operations of a project including schedule and budget maintenance
-Pursue and obtain funded work through existing and new project sponsors
-Lead project teams and ensuring the relevant goals are achieved
-Serve as a Principal Investigator for projects when appropriate (responsible for results)
-Write proposals and technical report
-Interface with engineers, designers, and testing lab personnel to process data from vehicle sensors
-Interface directly with sponsors to understand requirements and deliver technical presentations
-Act as a mentor for junior engineers and supervise students through provision of knowledge transfer and serving as committee members
-Travel to research sites (requirement fluctuates but will generally be <25%)
-Independent research and compose literature reviews
-Compose, review, and critique reports and research plans
-Manipulate and analyze data (e.g., statistical analysis for large-scale transportation data from naturalistic studies)
-Interpret results and develop robust conclusions
-Present research findings
-The willingness to work in a fast-paced flexible research environment

Directions given and received:
Receive instructions on project objectives, feedback on proposed research plans, and project logistics from principal investigators and project managers. Will supervise or coordinate the work of fellow engineers, graduate research assistants, technicians, and others who assist in specific assignments.

Research Associate-VTTI

The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute VTTI) 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.
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.
- Works to build unique electronic designs pertaining to, but not limited to, automated vehicle systems and real time synchronized collection of digital video and sensor data.
-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.