There are jobs. Then there are careers that foster you to be a
force for good in the world. The Virginia Tech Transportation
Institute (VTTI) is a world-leading safety research center working
with car companies, suppliers, and government agencies to bring
about the safe development and deployment of automated vehicles on
our roadways. Transportation is under transformation, so every day
we are approaching problems differently to make a difference in the
VTTI seeks qualified, ambitious research engineers interested in
answering complex questions surrounding automated vehicle systems.
The candidate should be an experienced engineer capable of working
independently and with multidisciplinary teams to improve
transportation safety through cutting-edge research and development
of emerging technologies in smart cities, connected vehicles,
automated vehicles, and transportation safety applications. This
engineer will conduct hardware and software, development,
integration, testing, evaluation, and documentation in support of
early stage implementation programs. This engineer will work
closely with internal project teams, sponsors, and external
Performance at this level requires experience in a professional
position, demonstrated leadership, and a graduate level education
(or lesser degree with significant experience). This position
researches technical solutions, assesses applicability to a project
need, integrates the solution, develops application capability, and
evaluates resulting performance. This position applies engineering
principles, procedures, and criteria, using practical judgment in
making selections and modifications with some supervision.
Assignments will have project related objectives and require the
investigation of a variety of variables. Performs work developing
firmware and software for a variety of technologies on multiple
platforms. Consults with researchers and sponsors to develop and
implement technology deployment strategies.
Duties and responsibilities: Assist in technology selection,
development, integration, and deployment of systems and components
as needed. Educates sponsors on technologies and implementation
issues through direct interaction in meetings, presentations, and
documentation. Performs work that involves developing innovative
and creative solutions to complex engineering challenges with the
goal of advancing the field of transportation efficiency and
safety. This position will work independently or on small teams on
projects as assigned. Supports the research team and sponsors to
define project goals and technical specifications; creates/refines
project plans and milestones; and integrates these goals,
specification and timeline to achieve the overall objective.
Supports the research team by contributing to proposals,
presentations, and reports during project execution. Actively
participates in the pursuit of new projects by demonstrating
facility capabilities, summarizing prior projects and contributing
to written publications.
Directions given and received: Independently performs most
assignments with instructions on global objectives and general
results expected with minimal supervision. Receives technical
guidance on unusual or complex problems and work is reviewed for
application of sound professional judgment. May work with
technicians, graduate research assistants and others who assist in
- M.S. degree in a technical field (Electrical, Mechanical,
Industrial, or Computer Engineering or comparable field), or
bachelor's degree with significant related professional
Demonstrated experience with:
- Integrating various computer components, sensors, and
- Experience working with Robotic Operating System (ROS).
- Experience programming firmware and software.
- Experience with microcontrollers and C/C++ programming.
- Experience working with wireless communications
-Demonstrated experience with Linux OS.
- Must have a strong work ethic and be able to work independently
with some supervision. Strong organizational skills.
- Experience designing hardware and software for embedded
- Experience in or familiarity with automated vehicles, connected
vehicles, smart cities technologies and vehicle electronics.
- Experience working in an Agile development environment.
Commensurate with Experience
The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal
conviction check as well as documentation of COVID-19 vaccination
or receive approval
from the university for a vaccination exemption due to a medical
condition or sincerely held religious belief.
About Virginia Tech
Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim
(That I May Serve),
Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a
hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be
leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution
that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the
world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community
to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more
than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000
undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight
, a school of
, a veterinary
college, Graduate School
, and Honors College
. The university
has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus
in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in
Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices
. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech
conducts more than $500 million in research annually.
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applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including
pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic
information, national origin, political affiliation, race,
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October 14, 2021