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Technology Implementation Engineer

Virginia Tech
Job Location:
Blacksburg, Virginia
Network/System Administrator

Job Description

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 world (

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 stakeholders.

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 specific assignments.

Required Qualifications

  • M.S. degree in a technical field (Electrical, Mechanical, Industrial, or Computer Engineering or comparable field), or bachelor's degree with significant related professional experience.
  • Integrating various computer components, sensors, and software.
  • Experience working with Robotic Operating System (ROS).
  • Experience programming firmware and software.
  • Experience with microcontrollers and C/C++ programming.
  • Experience working with wireless communications technologies.
  • Demonstrated experience with Linux OS.
  • Must have a strong work ethic and be able to work independently with some supervision. Strong organizational skills.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience designing hardware and software for embedded system.
  • Experience in or familiarity with automated vehicles, connected vehicles, smart cities technologies and vehicle electronics.
  • Experience working in an Agile development environment.

Appointment Type


Salary Information

$60,000 - $75,000, 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.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

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