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.

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 timelines 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.

Mechanical/Design 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%)

Desktop Support Technician-VTTI

The Desktop Support Technician I role involves supporting the day-to-day on-site information technology needs of designated departments within the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute with approximately 400+ computers and end users. This position will work to implement policies, troubleshoot problems and maintain accurate documentation. Provide direct assistance to users with all aspects of computer operations including computer setup, instructional training, including documentation procedures and disaster recovery. Assist with testing, implementation and improvement of security, recovery systems, multiple video conference rooms and general IT operations. This position will provide comprehensive support, training, system maintenance and analysis of existing and future technology needs. Reliable customer service and problem-solving skills and ability to communicate technical issues easily to a broad audience with varying levels of IT knowledge with a service-orientated demeanor.

Financial Analyst-VTTI

The Financial Analyst position is an entry level position at Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI), the largest university-level institute with annual external expenditures of $40 million. This position will have responsibility for Banner reports, preparing reconciliations, service center analysis, and assisting with monthly labor. This role will report directly to the Financial Operations Manager and work closely with the Research Accounting Managers and the Fiscal team. This position requires the ability to exercise judgment, facilitate problem-resolution and prioritize effectively.

Project Associate-VTTI

The successful candidate will be responsible for assisting the Impaired Driving Research, Evaluation, and Analysis (IDREA) group at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) with research activities and oversight responsibilities. The candidate will also work closely with other domain experts within VTTI to assist in coordinating all activities of projects. The candidate will independently plan, schedule, track, and facilitate multiple research and administrative tasks such as project management services during the conceptual, planning, and execution phases of projects. The candidate will contribute to research proposal development, budgets, timelines, interact with sponsors, and prepare reports and presentations. The ability to simultaneously manage many separate projects and tasks, as well as shift tasks as necessary to address unexpected issues while minimizing disruption to other tasks, is required. The candidate will also be responsible for traveling to off-site locations to manage data collection and trouble-shoot data collection systems, supervise and coordinate a team of experimental staff, train junior experimental staff, recruit, screen, and work with human subjects, prepare the Smart Road or other setting(s) for experiments, and perform other duties in support of conducting research projects. This position will hold the research faculty rank of Project Associate
Directions given and received:
The successful candidate will independently perform most assignments after instructions for global objectives and general expected results are provided. Direction, feedback, and communication may occur via email, text message, phone, and/or web conference. The successful candidate may supervise/mentor/provide training and coordinate the work of research assistants, technicians, and others who assist in specific assignments.
Duties and responsibilities:
-Manage project budgets and timelines to ensure work can be completed without cost overruns or delays
-Responsible for day-to-day project management of multiple projects and administrative tasks
-Participate in working groups as appropriate
-Coordinate, write, review, and contribute to proposals, research plans, progress reports, and final reports
-Organize and participate in meetings within VT and VTTI
-Coordinate and conduct periodic meetings with sponsors and staff (including state or government stakeholders and representatives), take meeting minutes, and track progress and action items
-Collaborate on research studies as assigned, including studies being conducted by the PI
-Coordinate and track the purchase and use of resources.
-Complete other assignments as directed
-Interact with research participants on a project-by-project basis

Sr. Research Associate, Impaired Driving-VTTI

The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) seeks a qualified and ambitious senior 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 Senior Research Associate, the ideal candidate will be an established leader in the field capable of independently bringing in external funding and leading teams of diverse researchers. An ideal applicant will possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities to design, execute, and report on small to large GÇôscale research efforts. Thus, the applicant should be skilled in research methods, statistics, technical writing, and grantsmanship.
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 vulnerable road users 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.

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:
-Take a leading role in the development of proposals
-Oversee the daily operations of a project including schedule and budget maintenance
-Interact with a variety of individuals including sponsors, participants, and coworkers
-Take a leading role in 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%)

Sr. Research Associate-VTTI

The Center for Truck and Bus Safety (CTBS) within the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) seeks qualified, ambitious researchers with a strong interest in transportation human factors engineering.
CTBS projects range in scope including: on-road and static testing of in-vehicle technology, including autonomous driving systems (ADS); research support for large-scale naturalistic data collection efforts; analysis of naturalistic data; test and evaluation of systems, methods, and procedures aimed at improving transportation safety; simulator driving studies; driver-health projects; re-analysis of previously collected research data; presentation of findings. The focus of CTBS is on heavy vehicle operations; within this domain, the applicant must be interested in improving transportation safety and be willing to work on multiple projects in a fast-paced research environment.

Candidates should be capable of working independently, and as part of multidisciplinary teams.
Duties and responsibilities will include:
- Independently evaluates, selects, and applies standard human factors research techniques, procedures, and criteria, using judgment in making adaptations and modifications
- Conceives, plans, and conducts research in problem areas of considerable scope and complexity
- Contributes to research conceptualization, proposal development, and resource acquisition
- Receives limited instructions on specific assignment objectives, complex features, and possible solutions
- Serves as a technical specialist In CTBS in the application of advanced theories, concepts, principles, and processes for an assigned area of responsibility (i.e., subject matter expert, evaluation of a function, facility, equipment, or product)
- Keeps abreast of new scientific methods and developments affecting the organization for the purpose of recommending changes in emphasis of programs or new programs warranted by such developments
- Interacts with current and future clients and obtains new points of contact for future research
- Develop new programs and leads new project proposals
- Plans, organizes, supervises, and evaluates the work of other staff, and students.
- Manages multiple projects and budgets
-Most office hours are daytime Monday through Friday, but must be available and willing to work evenings and weekends as needed to meet project/proposal deadlines
-Travel (estimated to be 25% of time)
Directions given and received:
-Supervision from Center and CTBS Group Leaders, providing support as needed. Expectation is that candidate will serve as a research lead on multiple projects. Candidate will require excellent communication skills to manage staff to ensure successfully execution of project work plans.

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%)

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.

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.

Research Associate-VTTI

The Center for Truck and Bus Safety (CTBS) within the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) seeks qualified, ambitious researchers with a strong interest in transportation human factors engineering.
CTBS projects range in scope including: on-road and static testing of in-vehicle technology, including autonomous driving systems (ADS); research support for large-scale naturalistic data collection efforts; analysis of naturalistic data; test and evaluation of systems, methods, and procedures aimed at improving transportation safety; simulator driving studies; driver-health projects; re-analysis of previously collected research data; presentation of findings. The focus of CTBS is on heavy vehicle operations; within this domain, the applicant must be interested in improving transportation safety and be willing to work on multiple projects in a fast-paced research environment.
Candidates should be capable of working independently, and as part of multidisciplinary teams.
Duties and responsibilities will include:
- Write literature reviews
- Conducting various research tasks, working on multiple projects
- Reduce and analyze data
- Supporting writing research reports
- Present research findings
- Participant recruitment
- Track budgets
- Track project milestones and deliverables
- Manage students
- Travel (will vary based on project, but may occur up to 50 percent of time for extended periods).
- Most office hours are daytime Monday through Friday, but must be available and willing to work evenings and weekends as needed to meet project/proposal deadlines

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

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.