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Senior Research Specialist - VTTI

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Work type: Staff
Senior management: Vice President for Research
Department: Virginia Tech Transportation Instit
Location: Blacksburg Area
Categories: Research / Scientific, Transportation

Job Description

Providing assistance conducting human factors transportation research. Duties include: (i) following research protocols directed at data collection, data download, data reduction, and data analysis using specialized human factors techniques and methods, (ii) coordinating and training junior experimental staff, (iii) recruiting, screening, and working with human subjects, (iv) preparing the Smart Road or other setting(s) for experiments, and (v) performing other duties in support of conducting research projects. This is a fast-paced research environment so excellent candidates must work with little supervision and have good communication, organization, and documentation skills. You will be working on the latest vehicle technologies and other areas of transportation policy and technology to improve convenience and safety for drivers around the world.

Must have an acceptable and safe driving record | Must have a driver's license check and a criminal conviction check| Must be willing to work some nights and weekends. Must be willing to travel sporadically.

Required Qualifications

Demonstrated experience and or knowledge in lab and research policies, procedures and protocols. | |Demonstrated proficiency with research software (i.e. strong Excel skills, office suite). |

Preferred Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in psychology, human factors, or related field OR equivalent combination of education & training.| Working knowledge of programming (Python preferred).| Basic knowledge of Photoshop/graphic design and/or video editing software.
Demonstrated experience drafting research protocols directed at data collection, data download, data reduction, and data analysis using specialized human factors techniques and methods.
Demonstrated experience running human subject experiments and protocols.

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Additional Information

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check as well as documentation of COVID-19 vaccination or receive approval from the university for a vaccination exemption due to a medical condition or sincerely held religious belief.


About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Lisa Eichelberger at during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.

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