Research Associate, Engineer I/II EE, ECE, ME-VTTI
VA Tech - Virginia

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The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) seeks qualified and ambitious engineers with aptitude for solving complex problems through application of advanced research and development techniques. Ideal candidate is an experienced engineer capable of working independently and with multidisciplinary teams to improve transportation safety through cutting-edge research. Research projects range from test-track experiments using a single vehicle to large-scale naturalistic driving studies that involve collecting data from hundreds of vehicles on public roadways. Research projects often use VTTIâ??s internally-developed data acquisition system (DAS). The DAS enables unobtrusive measurement of driver behavior, vehicle operation, and the environment. The collected data are analyzed to address specific research questions that typically focus on existing transportation problems (e.g. crash causation) and/or the performance/development of advanced vehicle systems (e.g. crash warning and autonomous vehicle technologies). Questionnaire, focus group, and survey data collection methods may also be used in these experiments. This position is expected to predominantly focus on research and development relating to driver interaction with automated vehicle systems, such as automated driving systems and automated collision warning/avoidance systems. The successful applicant will perform work involving conventional engineering practices but may include a variety of complex features such as working with fluctuating requirements, cycles of field and/or office work, and complex data manipulation and analyses methods. Employee will contribute to research conceptualization, proposal development, research execution, resource acquisition, logistics, and documentation. In this position, the employee will be expected to be comfortable working with electrical and mechanical systems. The successful candidate will apply advanced data acquisition tools and techniques to obtain robust research data to address critical transportation knowledge gaps. These data will be used to perform data analysis and develop documentation based on direction provided by team members and the principal investigator. Experience with vehicle systems, signal processing, and data analysis tools is preferred. The applicant must be interested in improving transportation safety and be willing to work on multiple projects in a fast paced research environment. VTTI provides opportunities for professional advancement and a pay for performance structure. Assignments include: -Travel to research sites (requirement fluctuates but will generally be < 15%) -Research and assist in the composition of literature reviews, -Review and critique reports and research plans -Interface with engineers, designers, and testing lab personnel to process data from vehicle sensors -Analyze data -Write research reports -Present research findings Directions given and received: Receive instructions on project objectives, feedback on proposed research plans, and project logistics from principal investigators and project managers. May supervise or coordinate the work of graduate research assistants, students, technicians, and others who assist in specific assignments.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Masterâ??s degree in Electrical or Mechanical Engineering or equivalent. Candidates with a lesser degree and significant experience in lieu of masterâ??s degree may be considered. -Strong writing and organizational skills -Solid understanding of engineering principles needed to analyze, verify, and interpret work. -Strong background in data processing and analysis -Significant programming experience, Matlab programming experience is preferred -The willingness to work in a fast-paced flexible research environment
Preferred Qualifications

  • Preference given for transportation experience and strong statistical background
Special Requirements

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