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Technology Research Engineer

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

Job Description

The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute seeks a Transportation Technology Research Engineer. The successful applicant will be responsible for conducting cutting edge research and development on emerging technologies in smart cities, connected vehicles, automated vehicles, and transportation safety applications. This engineer will conduct hardware and software design, development, testing, evaluation, and documentation in support of technology implementation research programs. This engineer will work closely with both sponsor personnel and internal development teams.

Performance at this level requires developmental experience in a professional position, demonstrated leadership, and a graduate level education (or lesser degree with significant experience). This position evaluates, selects and applies engineering principles, procedures, and criteria, using judgment in making adaptations and modifications with some supervision. Assignments will have project related objectives and require the investigation of a variety of variables. Performs work developing circuits, firmware, and software for a variety of technologies. Consults with researchers and sponsors to develop and implement technology deployment strategies.

Duties and responsibilities: Assist in technology selection, development, and deployment of systems and components as needed. Educate sponsors on technology implementation issues through direct interaction in meetings, presentations, and documentation. Performs work that involves developing innovative and creative solutions to complex engineering challenges with the goal of advancing the field of transportation safety. Have the ability to work independently or in small teams on projects as assigned. Supports the research team and sponsors to define project goals and technical specifications; creates/refines project plans and milestones; and integrates these goals, specification and timeline to achieve the overall objective. Supports the research team by contributing to proposals, presentations, and reports during project execution. Actively participates in the procurement of new work by demonstrating facility capabilities, summarizing data and contributing to technical white papers.

Directions given and received: Independently performs most assignments with instructions on global objectives and general results expected with minimal supervision. Receives technical guidance on unusual or complex problems and work is reviewed for application of sound professional judgment. May work with technicians, graduate research assistants and others who assist in specific assignments.

Required Qualifications

- M.S. degree in Electrical or Computer Engineering or comparable, or bachelor's degree with significant related professional experience.
- Experience interfacing various computer components and sensors.
- Experience programming firmware.
- Experience with Circuit Board Design.
- Experience writing software in C/C++.
- Experience working with Robotic Operating System (ROS).
- Experience working with wireless communications technologies.
- Experience with UNIX/LINUX.
- Must have a strong work ethic and be able to work independently with some supervision. Strong writing and organizational skills

Preferred Qualifications

- Experience designing hardware and software for embedded system.
- Experience in or familiarity with automated vehicles, connected vehicles, smart cities technologies and vehicle electronics.


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Salary Information

Commensurate with Experience

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Additional Information

The successful Candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check

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 veteran 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.

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