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Research Program Specialist Assistant

Virginia Tech
Job Location:
Blacksburg, Virginia
Laboratory and Research

Job Description

The Division of Vehicle, Driver & System Safety (DVDS) is seeking hard working, innovative, flexible, and qualified individuals with an interest to assist in managing a federal University Transportation Center (UTC) grant and to learn, deliver, and recruit for transportation research at VTTI. UTC Research projects range vary in length from short 6-month projects with a small participant pool to longer 12 or more-month projects with larger participant pools. Each research project can be in different stages such as proposal stage, award & reporting, and closet stage. The role may evolve into assisting with the execution of various research projects through driving.

Role requires demonstrated ability to consistently and accurately track project; strong attention to details, problem solving, communication, organization, and documentation skills.
Duties and responsibilities will include:
Tracking on multiple projects| Collecting deliverables | Supporting writing technical reports| Participant recruitment| Updating Websites| Recruit potential participants | Most office hours are daytime Monday through Friday, but must be available and willing to work evenings and weekends as needed to meet project/proposal deadlines.

Directions given and received:
Receive instructions on project objectives, feedback on proposed reports, and project logistics from principal investigators and project managers. May supervise or coordinate the work of students and others who assist in specific assignments.

Required Qualifications

  • Technical-oriented Associate Degree (e.g., A.S., A.T.) or previous significant related office experience.
  • Previous experience in a customer service environment. Strong communication skills and organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a fast paced, flexible research environment.
  • Willingness to be trained to operate a range of vehicles for testing.
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Willingness to be trained to recruit participants
  • Previous experiences with MS office products
  • Experience with successfully meeting deadlines

Preferred Qualifications

  • Previous experience working with research human subjects/data
  • Previous experience in transportation research.
  • Previous experience in assisting management of project
  • Experience with Federal UTC grants

Pay Band

3; wage

Appointment Type


Salary Information

Commensurate with Experience

Review Date


Additional Information

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check as well as documentation ofCOVID-19 vaccinationor 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 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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