Research Computer Programmer
Virginia Tech - Virginia

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A Research Computer Programmer is being sought to work with the Addiction Recovery Research Center lead by Dr. Warren Bickel. The research projects in the lab of Dr. Bickel seek to answer the problem of addiction and other dysfunctional health behavior by understanding how an individual continues to engage in a behavior despite recognizing that this behavior is both problematic and self-handicapping by examining decision-making processes that support this dysfunctional behavior and seeks novel therapeutic means to repair those dysfunctional processes. Projects include the translational assessment of dysfunctional decision making among the addicted and using that knowledge to explore of diverse interventions to treatment and improve the decision-making dysfunction.

The Computer Programmer will use programming skills to implement programs used to acquire vast amounts of data for behavioral research studies including decision making. The individual will develop task-oriented routines and modify current programs to assist researchers within the VTCRI . The variety of research projects require that a successful candidate be flexible and switch among multiple programming environments to meet the needs of individual projects. The candidate will develop national computing resources and data registries for longitudinal studies in the Addiction Recovery Research Center ( ARRC ). In addition, the Computer Programmer will write programs for use and support of state-of-the-art equipment and techniques including Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation and Executive Function Training. This position requires the ability to work independently as well as part of a team when looking at programs that advance the research mission of the Center.

Required Qualifications:
1. Master’s degree in Computer Science or related field. A Bachelor’s degree plus experience will be considered.
2. Demonstrated experience with programming languages Java, Python, Perl, HTML , VBA .
3. Demonstrated proficiency using C, C++, and/or Fortran.
4. Demonstrated competence in computer skills, including text editing, spreadsheets, and database maintenance.
5. Demonstrated ability to work without supervision on multiple deadlines with competing deadlines.
6. Excellent communication skills with the ability to interact effectively with faculty, staff, and students.

Preferred Qualifications:
Demonstrated experience in general research operations.

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How to Apply for this Job:
apply on-line at, posting #SR0130098.

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Special Research Faculty

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2 years from hire with renewal possible

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Exempt: Not eligible for overtime

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Non-Tenure Track

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VT Carilion Research Institute

Other - Virginia

Location, if not Blacksburg:
Roanoke, VA

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M-F 8:00-5:00 and as needed

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