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Data Reductionist - VTTI

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Work type: Hourly Wage/Part-Time
Senior management: Vice President for Research
Department: Virginia Tech Transportation Instit
Location: Blacksburg, Virginia
Categories: Research / Scientific, Transportation

Job Description

The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute is currently accepting applications for the part-time position of Data Reductionist. The job involves working in our computer labs to review and analyze digital video and data collected in various research projects in order to analyze and document driver behavior, road conditions, data quality, etc., following detailed protocols. Data formats to be analyzed together include (but may not be limited to) synchronized video from multiple perspectives, graphical/tabular data, and audio data.

Successful applicants are those who are able to sit and pay close attention to detail for extended periods of time, possess strong critical thinking skills, and can work and communicate effectively both independently and as part of a team. The data review involves visual review of data (ability to discern colors, contrast, and depth) and listening (ability to hear and interpret real-time audio). Additionally, reduction involves operating and entering information within the proprietary software system (hand/finger dexterity). Occasionally, a data reductionist may be asked to drive a fleet vehicle to provide support for research studies.

Candidates must be able to work a consistent schedule of at least four shifts (4-hours each) per week during regular business hours (currently 8:30am-4:30pm Monday through Friday) for a total of at least 16 hours per week. Schedules must be coordinated with supervisor. Due to project schedules and training requirements, preference is given to individuals who can continue working for a year or more.

Data Reductionists are required to sign a Confidentiality/Non-Disclosure Agreement and complete an online training course in the protection of human research subjects.

Starting wage is $14.00 per hour. Opportunities for raises and advancements are available with experience.

This position is unable to sponsor work Visas.

If hired, a criminal conviction check and driving record check will be conducted prior to first day of work.

Required Qualifications

• Ability to maintain focus and attention to detail for extended periods of time.
• Experience following detailed protocols with strong critical thinking skills.
• Computer proficiency in office applications, such as Microsoft office.
• Ability to work and communicate effectively both independently and as part of a team.
• Ability to meet the above-stated work hours and scheduling requirements.
• Proficiency in English language.
• Have a valid U.S. driver's license (for at least 3 months prior to hire date) and a minimum of 1 year of licensed driving experience (which may include international driving)
• Safe/acceptable driving record

Preferred Qualifications

• Prior data entry or detail-oriented work experience with documented high level of accuracy.
• Some college coursework strongly preferred.
• Prior coursework in experimental psychology or engineering and/or experience with research involving human subjects preferred.
• Ability to continue working for a year or more.

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Starting rate is $14/hour, commensurate with experience

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Application should include the following:
• a cover letter that indicates which hours you are available to work
• resume that specifically and clearly address the required and (as applicable) preferred qualifications.
• At least 3 references

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 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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