Research Associate/Sr. Research Associate, ECE
VA Tech - Virginia

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The Ted and Karyn Hume Center for National Security and Technology, and the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech, are seeking applicants for junior and mid-level research staff members to support a growing body of research programs in signals intelligence, military communications, and electronic warfare. The successful applicant will have expertise in one or more of the following areas: (1) wireless communications, with specific interest in software/cognitive radio, radar, digital signal processing, modern communications waveforms (OFDM/MIMO), and/or satellite communications; (2) embedded systems, with specific interest in scheduling algorithms, SIMD and dense-multicore processing, novel applications of FPGAs, and/or heterogeneous signal processing platforms. This position reports to the Director of Research of the Ted and Karyn Hume Center for National Security and Technology. The candidate will conduct research that primarily focuses on supporting the national security community. Offers of employment may require prior approval from granting agency. The key emphasis of this position is research execution, and the successful candidate should expect to spend much of his/her time working in a laboratory environment with other researchers and graduate students. Specific responsibilities vary based on technical area, but broadly include: (1) perform analytical research that seeks to identify fundamental properties of engineering systems; (2) develop simulations in software packages such as MATLAB to support or refute analytical results; (3) create proof of concept implementations of algorithms in software packages such as MATLAB with the goal of porting them to C/C++; (4) optimize algorithms for novel embedded architectures and quantify performance tradeoffs; (5) work with program principal investigator and program manager to identify cost-benefit for engineering implementation approaches; (6) document research, development, and engineering results for technical reports and academic publication; (7) support the portfolio management team of the Hume Center in developing new funded programs in areas of technical expertise. Level of responsibilities and rank of appointment will be commensurate with the experience and qualifications of the candidate. Those with master's degrees will be considered for the research associate rank. Those with doctoral degrees will be considered for the rank of senior research associate. These ranks will be mapped to working titles of "Associate Member of the Technical Staff", "Member of the Technical Staff", "Senior Member of the Technical Staff", or "Principal Member of the Technical Staff", depending on qualifications.

Minimum Qualifications

  • An earned MS in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or Electrical Engineering, or related discipline (PhD required for senior research associate); - Demonstrated excellence in research and development, or evidence of high potential for such excellence; - Experience with conducting applied research and development related to wireless communications or embedded systems; - Proficiency with the tools germane to field of research, such as MATLAB, Linux, and C/C++ - Demonstrated ability to work as a member of a team in developing and managing projects; -Ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance.
Preferred Qualifications

  • Interest and/or experience in working effectively with a diverse faculty, staff and student population; - Active security clearance at the TS/SCI level, and up-to-date polygraph; - Experience working in academic environment; - Experience conducting research programs supporting the federal government.
Special Requirements

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