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Systems Administrator


The University of Iowa National Advanced Driving Simulator (NADS) is seeking applicants for a full-time Systems Administrator. The successful candidate will support the research mission of the National Advanced Driving Simulator by providing a wide variety of computer system installation and usage consulting services for faculty, staff and students within NADS. This position requires the applicant have a Bachelorís degree in Computer Science or a related field or equivalent combination of education and work experience. The purpose and basic functions of this position are for the design, installation, configuration, administration, security, operational integrity, and support of networked computer systems, including installation and maintenance of hardware and software. This includes maintaining operating system software and user account management for real-time networking and virtual environments.

Required work experience includes a minimum of 3 years' experience in IT systems administration as related to the job description; experience with real-time networking and virtual environments; demonstrated experience with security systems relevant to computer systems and networks, preferably Active Directory authentication and use of certificates; excellent interpersonal, customer service, and teamwork skills.

The National Advanced Driving Simulator is the host, developer, and operator of the world's most advanced ground vehicle simulator. From its inception, the mission of NADS continues to be to help research partners save lives and reduce the costs of vehicle crashes by better understanding the impact of technology, pharmaceuticals, and other factors on driving performance.

The University of Iowa offers a competitive salary and exceptional benefits package and many other support resources to help employees balance their professional and personal lives. For a full position description and to apply for this position, visit http://jobs.uiowa.edu/pands/view/73327. Applicants must meet the required qualifications to be considered. Employment is contingent upon a successful credential and background check.

Questions can be directed to Mary Bender at mary-bender@uiowa.edu.

Automated Vehicle Proving Grounds (AVPG) Marketing Intern (unpaid internship)

Overview:
The Marketing Intern will be involved in promotion of the Iowa's Automated Vehicle Proving Ground under supervision and direction of staff at the National Advanced Driving Simulator. Activities will focus on identifying promotional needs of the Iowa AVPG and creating assets that support the promotional or marketing needs. The marketing intern may gather information related to best marketing practices, complete a literature review other AVPGs and test beds across the country, and provide a proposed marketing campaign for the AVPG, as well as the development of templates, brochures and materials for the AVPG.

Duties and Responsibilities:
Specific duties include, but may not be limited to:
- Onboarding of the Iowa AVPG and the NADS (initial training and position roadmap)
- Conduct a literature review of other AVPGs and test beds across the country
- Assist with development of the AVPG strategic roadmap document
- Participate in AVPG meetings (as requested) and outreach events
- Build the AVPG social media brand and serve a leading role in the AVPG social media channels
- Development and content development of the Iowa AVPG website
- Development of evaluation metrics (including various analytics) for the Iowa AVPG (identified in the strategic roadmap process with staff)
- Analytic evaluation of the AVPG

Additional Opportunities:
- Opportunity to learn about higher levels of vehicle automation, automated vehicles, and advanced vehicle technologies, the NADS and NADS research focus areas and participate in overall engagement and outreach events as necessary
- Will have the opportunity to participate in and learn about communications initiatives such as social media


Qualifications:
- University of Iowa student pursuing a degree in marketing, business, engineering, or related field
- Prior experience and proficiency in WS Word, Excel, Outlook, Photoshop (or other creative suites)
- Demonstrated experience in developing marketing materials and/or an outreach/engagement campaign
- Strong attention to detail, task-oriented
- Interested in advanced technology and/or automated vehicles
- Excellent critical thinking/problem solving skills
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills

Desired Qualifications:
- Prior experience or understanding in vehicle technology and/or automated and connected vehicles
- Web development experience

Additional Information:
This position can be located in the NADS student workspace (with a computer available to the intern), or the intern may work remotely (from their own campus office space or their home). Remote interns will be required to sign a remote agreement with their supervisor/mentor. The applicant must have a valid driverís license and meet the University of Iowa's requirements to drive a university vehicle. The intern will set general hours with their supervisor/mentor, but may be requested to travel and work hours outside their normal set hours (such as on the evening or weekend).

Please send cover letter and resume to Ashley McDonald at ashley-mcdonald@uiowa.edu

About the National Advanced Driving Simulator:
The NADS is an independent, self-funded research unit at The University of Iowa. External contracts fund employment of all staff, graduate and undergraduate students. The facility is also operated, maintained and upgraded in a self-sustained manner.

The NADS organization is part of the Center for Computer Aided Design (CCAD), a multidisciplinary research center within the College of Engineering that specializes in conducting applied research in modeling and simulation. NADS actively collaborates with other UI entities including the Public Policy Center and the Colleges of Medicine, Pharmacy, Liberal Arts, and Public Health.
NADS shares with CCAD and The University of Iowa a commitment to academic advancement, technological innovation, and the transfer of research results to industrial and governmental communities. NADS is also committed to supporting the activities of local economic development initiatives as well local STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Match) initiatives.

About the Iowa Automated Vehicle Proving:
In January 2017, the U.S. Department of Transportation named the Iowa City/Cedar Rapids corridor and the University of Iowa's (UI) National Advanced Driving Simulator (NADS) as one of 10 designated automated vehicle proving ground (AVPG) sites in the nation. The designation encourages testing and information sharing around automated vehicle technologies in the region and is the logical next step in an effort to advance the safe deployment of more highly automated vehicle technology.

For now, we're are calling ourselves the Iowa AVPG. We were created and are guided through a collaborative partnership between the Iowa City Area Development Group (ICAD), UI NADS, and Iowa DOT. And it's our diversity that sets us apart. Unlike other proving grounds, the corridor features a variety in climate, road users, and roadway landscapes, including the nation's largest and most expansive simulated virtual proving ground at NADS.

Being named an AVPG is a tremendous opportunity for the corridor. The 10 U.S. proving ground designees were selected from a competitive group of more than 60 applicants, which included academic institutions, state departments of transportation, cities, and private entities and partnerships. Each proving ground designee has different facilities that can be used to gauge safety, manage different roadways and conditions, and handle various types of vehicles. The proving grounds will provide critical insights and serve as a foundation for building a community of practice around automated vehicle research.

Questions can be directed to Ashley McDonald at ashley-mcdonald@uiowa.edu.

Automated Vehicle Proving Grounds (AVPG) Research Intern (unpaid internship)

Overview:
The AVPG Research Intern will support the Iowa's AVPG research objectives. The intern will assist in a number of research objectives relating to the development of the AVPG, including but not limited to: survey methodology and development, survey deployment, survey data collection (in-person, web, etc), and dissemination of the results. The research intern complete initial activities that assist in outlining the survey and public perceptions needs of the Iowa AVPG, including completion of a literature review other AVPGs and test beds across the country.

Duties and Responsibilities:
Specific duties include, but may not be limited to:
- Onboarding of the Iowa AVPG and the NADS (initial training and position roadmap)
- Conduct a literature review of other AVPGs and test beds across the country
- Participate in AVPG meetings (as requested)
- Assist the AVPG team in preparing a data needs roadmap that provides inputs to the AVPG research, policy, and economic development pillars
- Survey construction including mode development, survey instrument construction, and survey programming
- Data collection at identified data collection events and/or modes
- Report results of public perception, attitudes and opinion surveys
- Development of evaluation metrics (including various analytics) for the Iowa AVPG (identified in the strategic roadmap process with staff)
- Analytic evaluation of the AVPG

Additional Opportunities:
- Opportunity to learn about higher levels of vehicle automation, automated vehicles, and advanced vehicle technologies, the NADS and NADS research focus areas and participate in overall engagement and outreach events as necessary
- Will have the opportunity to further their understanding of survey methodology and public opinion research


Qualifications:
- University of Iowa student pursuing a degree in the social sciences, statistics, engineering, or related field
- Prior experience and proficiency in WS Word, Excel, Outlook, SPSS (or other data analysis tool)
- Basic understanding of survey methodology and/or social science data collection
- Strong attention to detail, task-oriented
- Interested in advanced technology and/or automated vehicles
- Excellent critical thinking/problem solving skills
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills

Desired Qualifications:
- Prior experience or understanding in vehicle technology and/or automated and connected vehicles
- Demonstrated experience of survey methodology and/or social science data collection


Additional Information:
This position can be located in the NADS student workspace (with a computer available to the intern), or the intern may work remotely (from their own campus office space or their home). Remote interns will be required to sign a remote agreement with their supervisor/mentor. The applicant must have a valid driver's license and meet the University of Iowa's requirements to drive a university vehicle. The intern will set general hours with their supervisor/mentor, but may be requested to travel and work hours outside their normal set hours (such as on the evening or weekend).

Please send cover letter and resume to Ashley McDonald at ashley-mcdonald@uiowa.edu

About the National Advanced Driving Simulator:
The NADS is an independent, self-funded research unit at The University of Iowa. External contracts fund employment of all staff, graduate and undergraduate students. The facility is also operated, maintained and upgraded in a self-sustained manner.

The NADS organization is part of the Center for Computer Aided Design (CCAD), a multidisciplinary research center within the College of Engineering that specializes in conducting applied research in modeling and simulation. NADS actively collaborates with other UI entities including the Public Policy Center and the Colleges of Medicine, Pharmacy, Liberal Arts, and Public Health.
NADS shares with CCAD and The University of Iowa a commitment to academic advancement, technological innovation, and the transfer of research results to industrial and governmental communities. NADS is also committed to supporting the activities of local economic development initiatives as well local STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Match) initiatives.

About the Iowa Automated Vehicle Proving:
In January 2017, the U.S. Department of Transportation named the Iowa City/Cedar Rapids corridor and the University of Iowa's (UI) National Advanced Driving Simulator (NADS) as one of 10 designated automated vehicle proving ground (AVPG) sites in the nation. The designation encourages testing and information sharing around automated vehicle technologies in the region and is the logical next step in an effort to advance the safe deployment of more highly automated vehicle technology.

For now, we're are calling ourselves the Iowa AVPG. We were created and are guided through a collaborative partnership between the Iowa City Area Development Group (ICAD), UI NADS, and Iowa DOT. And it's our diversity that sets us apart. Unlike other proving grounds, the corridor features a variety in climate, road users, and roadway landscapes, including the nation's largest and most expansive simulated virtual proving ground at NADS.

Being named an AVPG is a tremendous opportunity for the corridor. The 10 U.S. proving ground designees were selected from a competitive group of more than 60 applicants, which included academic institutions, state departments of transportation, cities, and private entities and partnerships. Each proving ground designee has different facilities that can be used to gauge safety, manage different roadways and conditions, and handle various types of vehicles. The proving grounds will provide critical insights and serve as a foundation for building a community of practice around automated vehicle research.

Questions can be directed to Ashley McDonald at ashley-mcdonald@uiowa.edu.
 

The National Advanced Driving Simulator at the University of Iowa is currently seeking qualified, enthusiastic people to fill the following positions and join our team of researchers and faculty.

The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity affirmative action employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

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