The Center of Public Policy, Partnerships, and Outreach (C3PO) at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) seeks qualified ambitious research engineers with aptitude for assisting customers in framing policy related research questions and developing data analysis tools and techniques to answer those questions.
The candidate should be an experienced professional capable of working independently and with interdisciplinary teams to improve transportation safety through cutting-edge research. As a Research Associate, this opening is pursuing applicants that demonstrate experience and skills in transportation safety, policy, and basic statistics.
Research projects range from small test-track experiments using a single next-generation 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. These measures 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 vehicle systems (e.g. crash avoidance technology). This position is expected to focus predominantly on policy aspects of advanced transportation systems, automated driving systems, and safety standards.
Qualified applicants must electronically submit online application, cover letter, and resume’/CV to jobs.vt.edu, posting # SR0170367. Applicant screening will begin on November 07, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.
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-Master’s degree in fields of Human Factors, Experimental Psychology, Political Science, Public Administration, or Engineering (Mechanical, Industrial, Electrical or Computer). Candidates with a lesser degree and significant experience in lieu of master’s degree will also be considered. -Demonstrable experience in transportation or related field -Demonstrated Project Management experience, qualified to lead project teams and oversee project schedule, budgets, and deliverables. -Demonstrated writing and organizational skills. -Solid understanding of engineering principles needed to analyze, verify, and interpret work. -Background in data processing and analysis. -Experience with proposal development. -Familiarity with automated vehicle systems and associated research protocols -Proficient in data collection, processing, and statistical analysis (e.g., SAS, R).
-Preference will be given to broadly trained candidates who have grounding and skills in a variety of theoretical, analytical, critical, and methodological approaches to transportation policy and governance. -Prior research experience in a transportation institute is strongly preferred as well as documented success in collaborative activity in transdisciplinary teams.
Additional Salary Information: Commensurate with Experience
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