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Robotics Engineer VTTI

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

Job Description

VTTI seeks a Robotics Engineer to join an established and talented team who is making an impact in autonomous vehicle research. As a member of the team you’ll enable research into all levels of vehicle systems and deploy autonomous vehicles for research purposes. This engineer will develop software for autonomous vehicle control and perception, advanced data acquisition, human/machine interaction, and much more.

The position requires the selected candidate to independently evaluate, select and apply engineering principles, procedures, and criteria, using judgment in making adaptations and modifications to existing systems and help develop the next generation of research systems.
Assignments will leverage existing technology, combine emerging technology, and produce novel technology to solve interesting research questions.
Perform work developing software for autonomous systems. Tasks may involve interfacing to firmware, and hardware for a variety of data collection and automation modules. Requires working with researchers to develop technology deployment strategies.

The individual filling this role will independently perform most assignments with instructions on global objectives and general results expected. They will receive technical guidance on unusual or complex problems and work will be reviewed for application of sound professional judgment. The position may supervise/mentor/train and coordinate the work of technicians, graduate research assistants and others who assist in specific assignments.

Required Qualifications

• Performance at this level requires developmental experience in a professional position or equivalent graduate level educations.
• M.S. degree in Computer Engineering, Software Engineering, Electrical Engineering or comparable with exception for a lesser degree with significant related experience.
• Experience writing software in C++, Python, and/or similar modern programming languages.
• Experience with Gnu/Linux.
• Experience interfacing with various computer components, peripherals, and sensors.
• Must have a strong work ethic and be able to work independently with little supervision.
• Strong writing and organizational skills

Preferred Qualifications

• Experience with autonomous vehicle technologies
• Experience in ROS/ROS2
• Experience with real time data collection
• Experience with firmware development


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Commensurate with Experience

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Additional Information

Criminal Conviction check required

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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