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Data Reduction Coordinator

Other, Research / Scientific


Data Reduction Coordinator

  • 522448
  • Blacksburg, Virginia, United States
  • Virginia Tech Transportation Instit
  • Other
  • Research / Scientific
  • Staff
  • Virginia Tech University

Job Description

Data Reduction Coordinator will assist in the operations of the human factors data reduction labs at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI). The data reduction labs at VTTI serve a variety of research groups by analyzing digital video data collected during various research projects in order to interpret and record information about driver behavior, incident progression, environmental conditions, etc. using various custom computer interfaces. Data Reduction Coordinators support this effort by overseeing routine lab operations and serving as the primary supervisor for a team of part-time data reductionists. Data Reduction Coordinator will coordinate with the Data Reduction Manager in all phases of the Data Reduction QA/QC Workflow including reduction protocol development and testing, data reductionist training and evaluation; reduction progress monitoring and QA assessment, and data cleaning and preparation prior to final delivery. Some specific tasks: Recruit, train, schedule, and supervise a team of part-time Data Reductionists, Prepare data reduction protocols based on specific project needs and known challenges presented by those needs and the limitations of the data. Subject to review by Data Reduction Manager and Project Manager, Set up data reduction interfaces based on approved reduction protocols using propriety software, Create and maintain reduction tracking tools using standard office software such as MS Excel or MS Access, Conduct routine tests for data reductionists on reduction protocols, Monitor reduction progress relative to deadlines and data quality, Identify and reconcile necessary protocol revisions in conjunction with Data Reduction Manager and Project Manager, Work with Data Reduction Manager to project reduction completion dates and estimate staffing requirements to reach deadlines, Analyze reduction protocols and logs to identify potential quality concerns. Query the reduction database and work with data reductionists to reconcile inconsistencies, errors, and uncertainties within the data and the protocol, Prepare final datasets and data dictionaries for delivery to project manager, Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail, Good interpersonal skills and demonstrated experience working successfully as a contributor to a team effort, Demonstrated excellent communications skills and experience with technical writing, Positive attitude and reliable attendance, Must be willing to work evening and weekend shifts if needed with advance notice.

• Selected candidate will be required to obtain certification of training in Human Subjects Protection and will be required to sign a Confidentiality/Non-Disclosure Agreement.

Required Qualifications

• Bachelor's degree in Psychology, Human Factors, or related field. Bachelor's degree in another field with equivalent experience involving research on human behavior may be substituted.
• Prior experience with highly detailed video or observation-based data reduction involving human subjects with a high level of accuracy.
• Prior experience in executing and refining and/or developing and testing research protocols based on human behavior.
• Demonstrated high level of proficiency with word processing and spreadsheet functions, including the use of a variety of advanced features (e.g., track changes, document formatting and indexing, pivot tables) and formula types (e.g., statistical, conditional, lookup, counting).

Preferred Qualifications

• Knowledge of relational database structure and familiarity with windows-based database interface tools such as MS Access, SQL Management Studio, DBVisualizer, SAS, or Matlab.
• Experience navigating within such databases and composing simple queries and/or reports.

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Salary Information

Commensurate with experience, starting at $39,000

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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.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Natalie Jett at njett@vtti.vt.edu during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.


Each agency within the Commonwealth of Virginia is dedicated to recruiting, supporting, and maintaining a competent and diverse work force. Equal Opportunity Employer

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