Employment Opportunities

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Current Openings

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.

Project Associate-VTTI

The successful candidate will be responsible for assisting the research program in impaired driving 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

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%)

Lead Research Specialist-VTTI

Directly responsible for overseeing operational resources and conducting impaired driving research for the Principal investigator. Duties include: (i) traveling to off-site locations to manage data collection and trouble-shoot data collection systems, (ii) independently drafting research protocols directed at data collection, data download, data reduction, and data analysis using specialized human factors techniques and methods, (iii) supervising and coordinating a team of experimental staff, (iv) training junior experimental staff, (v) recruiting, screening, and working with human subjects, (vi) preparing the Smart Road or other setting(s) for experiments, and (vii) performing other duties in support of conducting research projects. Motivated to work independently or with little supervision, in a fast-paced research environment. Role requires demonstrated ability to consistently exercise discretion and judgment; strong supervisory, problem-solving, communication, organization, and documentation skills.

Group Leader, Lighting Infrastructure Technology

Serves as the technical specialist and mentor for the Lighting and Infrastructure Technology Group in the measurement and application of light in outdoor environments. Leads the application of advanced theories, concepts, principles, and processes for investigation of light and its impact on humans, safety, and the environment. Keeps abreast of new scientific methods and developments in the lighting and associated industries for the purpose of recommending changes in emphasis of programs or new programs.
Leading a group of talented researchers in a supervisory capacity GÇô plans, develops, coordinates, and directs a number of significant and critical projects. This position requires a flexible individual, able to supervise projects and project teams as well as handle fluctuating work requirements, cycles of field and/or office work, and carry out complex or novel assignments requiring the development of new or improved cutting-edge techniques and procedures. Is expected to perform work resulting in the development of new or refined equipment, materials, processes, products, and/or scientific methods.
Highly skilled engineer conceives, plans, and conducts research in problem areas of considerable scope and complexity. It is expected that this researcher will encounter problems that must be approached through a series of complete and conceptually related studies, are difficult to define, require unconventional or novel approaches, and require sophisticated research techniques.
This position will develop and evaluate plans and criteria for a variety of projects and activities to be carried out by others, develop proposals for funding and establish themselves as an industry leader in the lighting field.
Duties and responsibilities:
- Lead lighting based research for the evaluation of products, lighting performance, safety performance, environmental impact and human response,
- Manage Experimental processes, budgets, timeliness of deliverables,
- Oversee staff recruitment, screening, and debriefing,
-Guide, review and critique literature reviews,
-Develop, review, and critique reports and research plans,
-Conceptualize, develop, review, and critique work plans,
-Guide and oversee data analysis,
-Coordinate and contribute to composition of research reports and present research findings,
-Travel to research sites and professional conferences.
Directions given and received:
Receive instructions on group objectives, feedback on proposed research projects and plans, and project logistics. Supervises, coordinates, and reviews the work of engineers and technicians, estimates personnel needs, and schedules and assigns work to meet completion dates.

Software Engineer-Research Associate-VTTI

Perform work developing software for a variety of automated vehicle, data processing, and data acquisition projects. 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 and automated vehicle 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.

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

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 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.

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.

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%)

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.