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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

Dedicated to solving the most challenging problems for truck and bus developers, fleets, and drivers/operators. DHVY is seeking hard working, innovative, flexible and qualified individuals with an interest to learn and deliver transportation research. Research projects range from small test-track experiments using a single next-generation heavy 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. Other research focuses on simulator testing or measuring vehicle performance in simulated modeling environments. These measures and robust data sets 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 or automated vehicle systems (e.g. crash avoidance technology). This role requires demonstrated ability to consistently exercise discretion and judgment as well as strong supervisory, problem solving, communication, organization, and documentation skills.
Duties and responsibilities will include:
Conducting various research tasks, working on multiple projects| Reduce and check data| Supporting writing technical reports| Participant recruitment| Track budgets| 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 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, technicians, and others who assist in specific assignments.

Required Qualifications

-Bachelor’s degree in science or business. An exception may be granted for individuals with a technical-oriented Associate Degree (e.g., A.S., A.T.) and significant related experience
-Previous experience in a customer service environment. Strong communication skills and organizational skills.
-Demonstrated ability to work in a fast paced, flexible research environment.
-Willingness to be trained to operate a range of vehicles for testing.

Preferred Qualifications

-Previous experience working with research human subjects/data is helpful
-Previous experience operating a range of vehicle types including commercial trucks or buses is useful, but not required.

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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.

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