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Research Associate

Virginia Tech
Job Location:
Blacksburg, 24061
Laboratory and Research

Job Description

Candidates are sought for a Research Associate affiliated with the Center for Marine Autonomy and Robotics at Virginia Tech ( This appointment is for one year with extension to multiple years expected, but subject to availability of funds and performance evaluation. The successful candidate will provide technical leadership in the design, fabrication, and deployment of a wide variety of marine robotic systems.

Responsibilities include:

  • Design, fabrication, and testing of electronic systems for autonomous underwater vehicles and other marine robotic systems
  • Development of software for autonomous underwater vehicles and other marine robotic systems
  • Development of navigation algorithms and navigation systems for small autonomous underwater vehicles
  • Participate in systems integration of all subsystems of small autonomous underwater vehicles and other marine robotic systems
  • Provide leadership in the development and execution of a supporting experimental test program
  • Interact daily with a diverse team that includes members from industry, academia, and government
  • Communicate with external research sponsors
  • Prepare technical reports and peer-reviewed academic papers

Required Qualifications

  • Earned M.S. degree in electrical engineering or a closely related discipline.
  • Experience designing electronic subsystems for small autonomous underwater vehicles
  • Experience developing software for autonomous underwater vehicles using C++ and the Autonomy Vehicle Library.
  • Experience developing navigation systems for small autonomous underwater vehicles.
  • Experience deploying small autonomous underwater vehicles in the field.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with battery management systems
Appointment Type


Salary Information

Commensurate with Experience

Review Date


Additional Information

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

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 dedicated 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 undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine 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 and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

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