The Virginia Tech Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership (MAAP) plays a crucial role in advancing UAS integration into the airspace and adoption by industry. We are in the unique position of leading both an FAA-designated UAS Test Site and a highly productive team in the federal UAS Integration Pilot Program. Through those programs and others, we blaze new ground for advanced UAS operations on a daily basis through innovative research and testing, and we’ve built a track record of conducting first-of-their-kind operations that move the industry forward. Our experienced team works closely with industry and government stakeholders to enable new applications for drones such as package delivery, damage assessment, and infrastructure inspection; through that work, we’ve pioneered a process for the development of risk-based safety cases that is rapidly becoming an industry standard. And because we are part of Virginia Tech, all our staff enjoy the university’s benefits package—as well as the many advantages of living in Blacksburg, Virginia, recognized by Livability Journal as one of 2018’s “Top 100 Best Places to Live.”
MAAP is seeking qualified applicants with experience in engineering and/or aviation disciplines relevant to Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) to serve as UAS Engineers in support of UAS flight and ground testing. This role facilitates the preparation and execution of UAS testing by serving as a technical expert in their field, conducting tests, and reporting test results. Successful applicants will be able to support a diverse array of tasks related to UAS testing, with preference given to candidates that have both engineering and aviation experience. Recruitment is for up to two positions at this rank.
The UAS Engineer reports to the MAAP Chief Engineer and must be a self-motivated team player that can take on and effectively execute a broad set of tasks.
Additional duties that may be assigned to the incumbent (depending upon qualifications) include:
• Modification of UAS platforms and electronics
• Integration of new technologies and capabilities
• Programming of software/firmware to support novel UAS capabilities
• Information technology and networking tasks
• Preparation of test plans to meet customer requirements and address safety, regulatory, and technological considerations
• Management of aircraft configuration and airworthiness prior to and during flight testing
• Execution of test plans and on-site management of tests, including data collection
• Analysis of test data and production of test reports
• Operation of aircraft and supporting test equipment during test execution
• Support for proposal development by contributing to technical write-ups
• Participation in training, demonstrations, and educational activities
• Crewmember for UAS operations
• Master’s degree in engineering, engineering technology, aviation, or closely related technical field. An exception may be made for individuals with bachelor’s degrees and significant relevant experience.
• Experience with UAS engineering, operations, aircraft flight testing, or aviation operations
• Good communication skills
• FAA Remote Pilot-in-Command Certificate
• 3 years of UAS experience
• FAA Private Pilot’s license or higher
• Master’s degree in engineering or aviation
• Experience in the academic research environment
• RF experience with radio/antenna design, selection, and operation
• Software and programming (CAD, Python, Matlab, etc)
• Computer hardware, software, and networking configuration
• UAS design and construction experience
• Proficient RC flying skills
• Experience working with aviation safety
• Test planning and execution experience
Must have a conviction check: Yes
How to Apply for this Job:
Qualified applicants must electronically submit online application, cover letter, resume/curriculum vitae, and list of 3 professional references to jobs.vt.edu. Apply to posting #SR0190016. Applicant screening will continue until the position is filled. Virginia Tech is committed to building a culturally diverse faculty and strongly encourages applications from women and minorities.
Virginia Tech is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.
If you are an individual with a disability and desire accommodation please contact the hiring department or contact University ADA Services http://oea.vt.edu/ada-accessibility-services.html with any questions.
Employee Category: Research Faculty
Appointment Type: Restricted
If restricted or temporary, enter end date: 6/30/2020
FLSA Status: Exempt: Not eligible for overtime
Tenure Status: Non-Tenure Track
Academic Year or Calendar Year: Calendar Year
Percent Employment: Full-time
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Pay Range: Commensurate with experience
Department: Inst for Critical Technology & Applied Science
Location, if not Blacksburg:
Location Zip Code: 24061
Job Posting Date: 01/25/2019
Review Begin Date: 02/25/2019
Job Close Date(if applicable):
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Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Statement:
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 veteran 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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Virginia Tech, founded in 1872 as a land-grant institution, is currently ranked as a Top 25 Public University by US News & World Report and a Top 25 Public Research University by the National Science Foundation. The main campus is located in Blacksburg, Virginia which was recently named the "Best Place in the US to Raise a Family."
Through a combination of its three missions of learning, discovery, and engagement, Virginia Tech continually strives to accomplish the charge of its motto: Ut Prosim (That I May Serve). As the Commonwealth's most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech serves a diverse population of 30,000+ students and 8000+ faculty and staff from over 100 countries, and is engaged in research around the world.
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For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact the executive director for Equity and Accessibility at 540-231-2010 or Virginia Tech, North End Center, Suite 2300 (0318), 300 Turner St. NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061.
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#1 Fittest College - Active Times 50 Fittest Colleges
#1 Top Universities for Food & Dining
#1 Research Park - Association of University Research Parks
#5 Best College Campuses in the US
#5 Best Quality of Life
#7 Happiest Students
#13 Best Skilled and Educated Graduates
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Nestled on a plateau between the Blue Ridge and Allegheny mountains, the Town of Blacksburg is part of Montgomery County in the heart of Virginia's New River Valley. Because of the town's award-winning services, reasonable cost of living, safety, moderate climate, and abundant leisure activities, Blacksburg is consistently ranked among the nation's best places to live and has a nationwide reputation as a well-managed, growing, and forward-looking community.
Recent Rankings for the Community:
#1 Best Place in the US to Raise a Family
#1 Best college Town in the South
#2 Best College Football Town in America
#8 College Town in the nation
#14 America's Most Educated Small Towns
#39 Best Small Place for Business and Careers
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"Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, or veteran 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 any other basis protected by law.
For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact the executive director for Equity and Accessibility at 540-231-2010 or Virginia Tech, North End Center, Suite 2300 (0318), 300 Turner St. NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061."
Location/Region: Blacksburg, VA