The Hume Center for National Security and Technology is a fast-growing center at Virginia Tech, and currently supports over 100 faculty, staff, and graduate students. We are constantly looking for additional talent to support our programs. Opportunities exist both at the main campus in Blacksburg, Virginia, and at the Virginia Tech Research Center in Arlington. We primarily seek US citizens and permanent residents to support our defense-funded research projects.
Types of Positions
- Undergraduate Researcher: Students at Virginia Tech majoring in computer science, computer engineering, or electrical engineering are encouraged to get involved in Hume Center research. Contact professors working in research areas of interest to you to identify potential projects.
- Graduate Researcher: Graduate students admitted to Virginia Tech in computer science, computer engineering, or electrical engineering with research interests in communications, networks, security, and big data should contact professors working in related research areas to identify opportunities for Graduate Research Assistantships. Contact professors working in research areas of interest to you to identify potential projects.
- Postdoctoral Fellow: Individuals who have recently completed their PhD from a US institution may be considered for two- to four-year positions as postdoctoral fellows with the Hume Center. The positions are not formally advertised, so interested parties are encouraged to contact Hume Center faculty to identify opportunities. Contact professors working in research areas of interest to you to identify potential projects.
- Research Associate and Research Scientist: The core contributors to Hume Center programs are its research staff. US citizenship and an advanced degree (MS or PhD) are required. The level of appointment is based on experience, and more senior positions are expected to have an active role in developing new research projects and serving as principal investigators.
- Research Professor: Research professor series positions are academically focused, and involve advising graduate students and teaching courses. Individuals in these roles are expected to build their own portfolio of funded research by actively pursuing grants and contracts. A PhD is required. Positions are at the Assistant, Associate, or Full level depending on the experience and education of the applicant.
- Tenured/Tenure-Track Professor: In collaboration with other academic departments, the Hume Center supports a variety of tenured and tenure-track professor positions.
Operations and Management
- Administrative Professional: The Hume Center periodically has the need to seek additional administrative and finance staff members to the team.
- Project and Program Managers: Project and program managers are with projects from start to finish, supporting initial proposals, building teams of faculty and students to support them, managing the program execution, and ensuring the sponsors receive the reporting and deliverables they require. Positions require a MS in a related discipline, and credentials such as PMP are desired.
- Organizational Leadership: As the Hume Center grows, a number of additional management and leadership positions are expected within all levels of the center.