Research Associate, Engineer I/II ISE or Psychology-VTTI
VA Tech - Virginia

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The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) seeks qualified, ambitious applicants with a Masterâ??s degree in Engineering/Psychology with Lighting or Visibility specialization (candidates with a lesser degree and significant experience in lieu of masterâ??s degree may be considered). Ideal candidate independently evaluates, selects and applies software design principles, procedures, and criteria, using judgment in making adaptations and modifications. Assignments have project objectives and require the investigation of a variety of variables. Performance at this level requires developmental experience in a professional position or equivalent graduate level educations. Duties and responsibilities: Independently plans, schedules, conducts, or coordinates detailed tasks as part of major transportation related Illumination, Visibility and Human Factors engineering projects. Performs work that involves engineering practice but may include a variety of complex features such as conflicting design requirements, unsuitability of conventional materials, and difficult coordination requirements. Contributes to research conceptualization, proposal development, and resource acquisition. Interacts with sponsor, interprets findings, prepares reports, and presents results. Work will primarily consider lighting, visibility and intersection related projects for transportation systems. Work requires a broad knowledge of precedents in the specialty area and a good knowledge of and practices of related specialties. Assignments include: -literature reviews -write, review, and critique proposals, research plans, and final reports -organize, attend, and participate in project meetings -conceptualize and write work plans -manage project activities and execution of research plan -analyze data including preparing SAS, Matlab, ArcGIS and SQL analyses -present research findings -collaborates on research studies as needed Directions given and received: Independently performs most assignments with instructions as to the general results expected. Receives technical guidance on unusual or complex problems and supervisory approval on proposed plans for projects.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Masterâ??s degree in Engineering/Psychology with Lighting or Visibility specialization (candidates with a lesser degree and significant experience in lieu of masterâ??s degree may be considered). -Strong communications and organizational skills -Strong experience in lighting and visibility related research -Strong experience in the analysis of intersections and intechanges -Strong statistical methods including experience in the analysis of large scale data sets from multiple sources using a variety of tools including but not limited to SAS, MatLab, ArcGIS, SQL Server -Willingness to work in a fast-paced research environment -Managerial skills to coordinate technicians, researchers, undergraduate and graduate level students
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