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.

Project Director-VTTI

The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute seeks a qualified professional with proven aptitude for conducting research and business administration. This individual will act on behalf of the Director of the Center for Public Policy, Partnerships and Outreach (C3PO) in conducting the marketing, fiscal, and program planning activities of the Center. Additionally, this individual will independently conduct research and oversee research projects. The project director's time is expected to be approximately 60% business administration and 40% research. Research projects include policy analyses, controlled test-track experiments, usability studies, and large on-road studies involving hundreds of vehicles at multiple sites. Current sponsors include state and federal agencies, automotive industry manufacturers and suppliers, and companies in the technology sector. Projects are conducted concurrently and can range from short duration (e.g., three months) projects closely coupled with customerGÇÖs project teams to long duration (one to three-year) research projects.
Duties and Responsibilities-
- Develop Center business strategy
- Systematically identify and objectively evaluate business opportunities for the Center.
- Translate customer needs into robust research plans and document as a proposal and/or statements-of-work
- Project cost and period-of-performance estimating and monitoring
- Budget / forecasting at project and center level - Marketing / customer development
- Build and maintain coalitions and partnerships with sponsors and other researchers
- Human resource planning and development including training and continuing education
- Approve Center expenditures and leave requests/reports
- Perform performance appraisals in coordination with the Director
- Work directly with sponsors to identify their requirements, communicate status, and deliver technical materials
- Travel to sponsors and research sites (requirement fluctuates but will generally be <25%)
- Statistical analysis including programmatic analysis of data
- Conduct successful research
- Articulate research methods and findings in concise written reports and other media
- Author scientific publications
Directions given and received
Collaborate with the C3PO Director and VTTI administration to identify research emphasis and plan research programs. Supervise, mentor, and coordinate the work of fellow researchers, 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 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.

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.

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, 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.

Proposal Manager-VTTI

Virginia Tech Transportation Institute is a dynamic and rapidly growing research institute. We are expanding our Proposal Team and we are seeking a dynamic and motivated Proposal Manager with a demonstrated proven track record.

This is a restricted A/P faculty position at Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) that is primarily responsible for assuring the delivery of world-class business and technical volumes on behalf of the institute. The Manager will coordinate proposal development efforts while personally specializing in development of large, complex proposals. This position coordinates with the proposal team lead and grants specialist and works in coordination with a technical writer (with assistance from others in deadline situations) to make sure that submissions are coherent, compliant, and grammatically sound. The positions reports to the Director of Finance and Administration. For large, complex proposals the Manager is responsible for working collectively with the Principal InvestigatorGÇÖs (PI) team to plan and implement a timetable and identify unique or unusual specifications in the proposal guidelines. Aside from working closely with the PI to facilitate the process and ensure complete responsiveness to the opportunity, the Manager is the expert in the financial element of proposal preparation for these proposals and uses input from the PIGÇÖs team to create budgets and develop cost/business volumes. The Manager is the primary interface with the Office of Sponsored Programs for these proposals, ensuring that submissions are successfully input into the relevant proposal submission system such as Cayuse 424 or Fastlane.

Mechatronics Engineer, Research Associate-VTTI

The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) seeks talented mechatronics engineers who enjoy solving complex problems. Ideal candidate is a highly motivated engineer who will be expected to work independently and in a group environment. The applicant will be expected to work with mechanical, electrical, and robotic 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. This engineer will be responsible for combining mechanical, electrical and control systems into realized products. Individual will contribute to conceptualizations, proposals, execution, and logistics to facilitate research addressing critical transportation knowledge gaps. Projects focus on transportation research, but can 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 robotic movement devices 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%)

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.