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Spectrum Volume 17 Issue 25 - March 23, 1995




BOILER OPERATOR (321P) Power Plant. Normal Starting Pay: $17,166 (Grade 6)

Operates coal, gas, oil-fired boilers, auxiliary and related equipment; greases plant equipment. Assists in the operation of steam turbine generator and auxiliary equipment; performs routine cleaning/housekeeping duties. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Previous experience in power-plant boiler operations; ability to learn boiler-water analysis techniques and plant-water regeneration procedures. WITH PREFERENCE GIVEN FOR: Considerable experience or knowledge in boiler-related operations. FULL-TIME POSITION. After a training period, shift will be midnight-8 a.m., some overtime or shift changes may be required subject to breakdowns, emergency or departmental needs. Application deadline: March 24.

LABORATORY INSTRUMENT MAKER (84J) Mechanical Engineering. Normal Starting Pay: $24,515 (Grade 10)

Fabricate parts and equipment using departmental computer and mechanical systems for use in instructional and research laboratories. Construct, repair, and maintain specialized mechanical systems which may contain computers, data-acquisition systems, generators, dynamometers, engines, turbines, compressors, hydraulic controls, heat-transfer equipment, refrigeration equipment, solar equipment, computer-controlled lathes, and electronic equipment. Use detailed drawings, and laboratory facilities to fabricate unique equipment for instructional and research projects designed by faculty members and graduate students. Occasionally work from simple sketches and/or instructions involving close communication and interaction with faculty members and graduate students. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Working knowledge of machines, mechanical equipment and systems. Knowledge of circuitry and electronic devices. Knowledge of computer hardware and software for personal and mini computers.Knowledge of computer networking. Ability to skillfully use electronic shop tools including hand tools, machine tools, welding equipment, wood-working equipment, and soldering equipment. Ability to work closely with faculty members and students and to work effectively in a team setting. Ability to work accurately and independently. WITH PREFERENCE GIVEN FOR: Two-year technical diploma in electronics or related area. Considerable experience in a laboratory setting utilizing mechanical, electronic, and computer applications. FULL-TIME POSITION.Application deadline: March 24.

LABORATORY MECHANIC A (Athletics Grounds Worker) (LC006P) Athletics. Normal Starting Pay: $14,364 (Grade 4)

Assists with athletic fields and facilities in preparation for athletic contests and assists with general repair and maintenance of equipment. Marks and paints playing field at Lane Stadium, Moseley field, soccer fields, band field and English field. Sets up field at Lane Stadium. Drags, scarifies, rakes, and lines baseball field; rebuilds pitchers mound and batters' boxes. Mows play and practice fields and cross-country trail using triplex mowers, tractor and gang-reel mowers. Re-sods, fertilizes, patches, aerates and irrigates fields. Checks all fencing, gates, and locks at stadium and practice fields to assure they are working properly. Performs basic maintenance to various service vehicles such as vans, pick-up trucks, tractors, golf carts, etc. Performs other general maintenance activities as assigned. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Grounds maintenance experience to include operation and maintenance of large equipment such as tractors, trailers, front-end loaders, forklifts, mowing equipment, etc. A valid driver's license and a good driving record. Ability to follow instructions; to independently move and handle objects weighing up to 75 pounds. WITH PREFERENCE GIVEN FOR: Working knowledge of procedures for setting up athletic events; background in athletics; general maintenance experience. FULL-TIME POSITION. Application deadline: March 24.

OFFICE SERVICES SPECIALIST (3132B) Biology. Normal Starting Pay: $15,703 (Grade 5)

Provides office support services for approximately 15 faculty members. Duties include preparation, formatting, editing, and proofreading of manuscripts, books, reports, grant proposals, course materials, tables, figures, reviews, and general correspondence. Prepares mailings, copies and collates documents, manages computer storage of materials and transcribes dictation from dictaphone equipment. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: A valid typing test score must be on file to be considered for an interview. Considerable experience preparing a variety of documents using word-processing software; knowledge of setting up tables and figures; experience complying with journal formats; experience with automated and manual filing systems; experience proofreading and editing; ability to prioritize work assignments; ability to work with minimal supervision; and ability to communicate effectively with faculty, staff and graduate students. WITH PREFERENCE GIVEN FOR: A typing test score of 50 wpm with high accuracy; WordPerfect and GML experience; demonstrated skill in use of dictaphone equipment; and knowledge of university policies and procedures. FULL-TIME POSITION. Application deadline: March 24.

OFFICE SERVICES SPECIALIST (6494J) Electrical Engineering. Normal Starting Pay: $15,703 (Grade 5)

Provide word-processing expertise to include technical typing and graphics for the development of proposals, journal papers, and textbooks. Assist supervisor with editorial responsibilities. Maintain a PC database of professional contacts and coordinates occasional mass mailings. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: A valid typing test score must be on file to be considered for an interview. Working knowledge of PC and workstation computing platforms. Excellent communication skills. Ability to effectively use word processing, graphics, spreadsheet, and database management software. WITH PREFERENCE GIVEN FOR: A typing score of 40 wpm with good accuracy. Experience using Microsoft word, Framemaker, Scientific Word, LaTek, CorralDraw, IslandWriter, and Matlab. FULL-TIME POSITION. Renewed yearly. Application deadline:March 24.

PROGRAMMER ANALYST (2001D) Computing Center. Normal Starting Pay: $29,297 (Grade 12)

Provides consultation, instruction and support to faculty, staff, and students on a broad range of desktop and mainframe software and hardware at the university; develops, writes and maintains computing center publications; teaches short courses on computer use. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Degree or equivalent training and experience in computer science, mathematics or related field; experience providing computer consulting; knowledge of several computing systems among Macintosh, Unix, MS-DOS, Windows and VM/CMS; considerable knowledge of computer networks and electronic mail; strong interpersonal and communication skills. WITH PREFERENCE GIVEN FOR: Experience in an academic environment; knowledge of Eudora and NuPOP; background in user support; strong experience with TCP/IP. FULL-TIME POSITION. Application deadline: March 24.

PROGRAM SUPPORT TECHNICIAN (6496J) College of Engineering. Normal Starting Pay: $17,166 (Grade 6)

Provides program support to assistant dean for enrichment and international programs. Negotiates and analyzes logistics for student-exchange programs, international visitors, U.S. students, parents, and school groups. Provides program support for open houses and other recruiting programs. Provides support for scholarship programs and assists in dean's office budgetary and accounting processes. Provides logistical support for SUCCEED Grant-related activities. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Experience with spreadsheets, databases and mass-mail merges using IBM and MAC systems. Education/training in bookkeeping/accounting. Ability to work independently. Strong interpersonal and communication skills. WITH PREFERENCE GIVEN FOR: Foreign-language study or experience. Knowledge of university purchasing, accounting and travel policies and procedures. FULL-TIME POSITION. Position ends 2-28-96, renewed yearly. Application deadline: March 24.

PROGRAM SUPPORT TECHNICIAN (6495J) Veterinary Medicine. Normal Starting Pay: $17,166 (Grade 6)

Provides assistance to the laboratory director including preparing and disseminating reports and correspondence, data entry and file management. Creates monthly publications relating to FDA-approved veterinary drugs. Maintains subscriber database and manages mailing process. Participates in development of an internet service for the Food and Drug Administration Center for Veterinary Medicine (FDA/CVM) including preparation of documents provided by the center and extracts from the laboratory's own data. Manages and maintains internet "Home-page" for the Center for Veterinary Medicine for the Food and Drug Administration. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Demonstrated ability to work well with the public. Basic program-management and office skills. Experience with computers, word-processing and database management. Experience with information retrieval systems such as internet and World-Wide-Web browsers. WITH PREFERENCE GIVEN FOR: Experience with Macintosh computers and in file management. Knowledge of hypertext markup language (HTML). Experience with UNIX and X-base operating systems, and familiarity with new animal drug-approval process. FULL-TIME POSITION. Position ends 9-30-95, renewed yearly. Application deadline: March 24.


HOUSEKEEPING WORKER (W37R) Donaldson Brown Hotel and Conference Center. Normal Starting Pay: $5.29 (Grade 1)

PART-TIME POSITION. Will work 30 hours each week, not to exceed 1,500 hours in a 365-day period. Hours vary and include some night and weekend work. Application deadline: March 24.

PROGRAM SUPPORT TECHNICIAN (W36D) Education. Normal Starting Pay: $8.25 (Grade 6)

PART-TIME POSITION, 20 hours per week. Application deadline: March 24.



RESEARCH SPECIALIST (6493) Crop and Soil Environmental Science. Normal Starting Pay: $20,514 (Grade 8) FULL-TIME POSITION.

POSITION LOCATION: Beckley, West Virginia.

SEND RESUME TO: David C. Martens, Crop & Soil Environmental Science, VPI&SU, 341 Smyth Hall, Blacksburg, VA 24061-0404 OR CALL (703) 231-9783.

FOR MORE INFORMATION. Application deadline: March 24.

Faculty Jobs


MATHEMATICS DEPARTMENT. Postdoctoral Position.

Applications are solicited for a postdoctorate position in dynamical systems. Pending yearly budget approval, the length of the position is three years, and there is a strong possibility for a conversion to a tenure-track position at the assistant professor level. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in mathematics or a related field, and strong research accomplishments and teaching skills. Preference will be given to applicants whose interests overlap with existing faculty groups in applied partial differential equations, fluid and continuum mechanics, numerical analysis, and control theory. Send letter of application, curriculum vitae, a summary of research plans, and three letters of recommendation, of which one should address teaching, to Dynamical Systems Search Committee, Mathematics Department, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061-0123. Review of applications will begin on April 15, 1995 and continue until the position is filled.


The department seeks an applicant with a Ph.D. and superior academic record. Responsibilities include teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels, directing M.S. and Ph.D. theses, and developing a research program in the area of experimental mechanics. The successful candidate will have an outstanding background in photomechanics. Preference will be given to applicants who have a strong supplementary interest in biomechanics. Review of applications will begin April 15, 1995, and will continue until the position is filled. The position begins August 16, 1995. Interested persons should send a letter of application including personal data, education, publications, research and professional experience to Professor E. G. Henneke, Head, ESM Department, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061-0219. Phone (703) 231-3243; fax (703) 231-4574.


Tenure-track position. Candidates should have a Ph.D. in computer science and have expertise in one or more of the areas of compilers, programming languages, formal language theory, theory of computation, and theory of algorithms. Candidates should have the aptitude for outstanding research and teaching. The closing date for the search is May 1, 1995. Applicants should send a resume and a list of three references to Faculty Search Committee, Computer Science Department, Virginia Tech, 2990 Telestar Court, Falls Church, VA 22042.

DEPARTMENT OF MATHEMATICS. Visiting Faculty, Associate or Assistant Professor or Instructor.

Position is an anticipated one-year appointment for 1995-96. In addition to teaching one course per semester, the visitor will lead and assist our efforts in several technology-related directions (with emphasis depending on the candidate's expertise): using technology in mathematics courses at all levels; planning the effective use of self-paced learning modules and distance-learning systems; evaluating interactive software and developing educational modules aimed at communicating and teaching mathematics to K-12 and undergraduate students; developing undergraduate computer labs. Essential qualifications are master's degree in mathematics, math education, computer science, or a related discipline; experience in using and programing mathematical software; teaching calculus to college-level students; organizational and communication skills. Preferred qualifications are Ph.D. degree; experience in using instructional technology and software; experience with K-12 students; experience with Unix and graphics workstations. Applicants should submit a brief letter describing their ideas relative to the directions listed above, as well as a resume and three letters of reference, to Kenneth B. Hannsgen, Chair, Visiting Faculty Search Committee, Mathematics Department, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061-0123. Applications will be reviewed beginning April 10.



This professional faculty position counsels students and parents on financial aid and scholarship eligibility to include awarding scholarships on authorized accounts, and assisting with packaging financial aid awards. Overall supervision of office receptionist positions to include: selection and training of staff, supervision of front-desk information services, and liaison to office staff regarding overall office-information services. Liaison with departments, U.S. Department of Education and the SCHEV regarding scholarship opportunities. Other duties as assigned. Requires a master's degree in a related field; preference given to applicants with two years previous financial-aid experience, preferably with some program responsibility. Must be able to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing; and be able to organize, coordinate and supervise support staff; strong interpersonal skills and computer literacy required. Salary is $21,000. Submit a letter of application, resume and three references to Mrs. Zelma Harris, Assistant Director, Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061-0222. Application review will begin March 30, 1995, with an anticipated hire date of May 1, 1995.


With the Bradley Department of Electrical Engineering. Will perform the following duties and responsibilities: design and construct RF systems and components; design and carry out experiments using RF equipment; order, install, and maintain RF and DSP equipment; develop software for DSP systems; supervise graduate students; supervise and manage funded research projects; prepare research proposals and technical reports; organize and lead laboratory tours; interact with sponsors; provide training and support for RF and DSP systems; support MPRG activities including symposium and newsletter. MS in engineering required; Ph.D. preferred. The following skills or experiences are required: prior RF design experience, superior writing and verbal communication skills; ability to write specifications for radio-frequency equipment; demonstrated ability to design and construct radio-frequency systems; ability to program in assembly and high-level program languages; knowledge of C programing language, UNIX operating environment. Prior DSP development and two to three years industry experience preferred. This position is supported by sponsored research funding; continuation is contingent upon the availability of funds. Qualified applicants should send complete resume with references to Dr. T.S. Rappaport, Founding Director, Mobile and Portable Radio Research Group, Bradley Department of Electrical Engineering, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061-0350. Applications will be accepted until April 15, 1995 or until a suitable candidate is selected.


The coordinator of leadership and student media serves as part of a team of professionals in the Office of Leadership and Student Organization Programs (LSOP) which provides education, guidance and service to student organizations at Virginia Tech. The primary responsibility of the coordinator is to provide administrative, organizational and financial advice and service to the Student Media Board organizations. The coordinator serves as the financial advisor to the Student Media Board (SMB), the oversight organization for the six major student media organizations (newspaper, yearbook, literary magazine, radio station, television station and photography staff) with combined annual budgets of nearly $500,000. The coordinator also works with LSOP staff to develop and implement programs and services in the areas of leadership and organizational development. The coordinator is an administrative faculty position in University Unions and Student Activities and reports to the assistant director of student activities. Qualifications include the following: master's degree in student personnel, higher-education administration, business or related field; strong oral and written communication skills; one or two years of experience in a related position preferred; professional or collegiate experience with student media, leadership and organizational development or programing desired. Salary is $22,000-24,000 (this position is considered an entry level). Review of applications will begin May 1, 1995. The projected starting date is July 1, 1995. Send a letter of application, current resume or vita, and the names, addresses and phone numbers of at least three professional references to Mr. Timothy A. Reed, Assistant Director of Student Activities, 319 Squires Student Center, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061-0138. Fax (703) 231-5430. For information, please call (703) 231-5725.


The assistant/associate coordinator will be responsible for coordination and implementation of the University Tutoring Program, Support Program for junior, senior, and transfer students and other peer support programs. The successful applicant will be expected to work autonomously in development and generation of retention programs. Must have strong oral and writing skills and experience working successfully with diverse student populations. The position requires a minimum of a master's degree in a related field and work experience with student support programs. Salary range is high twenties to low thirties. Application review will begin on April 6, 1995. Send curriculum vitae to Ms. Delores Scott, Coordinator, Office of Academic Enrichment Programs, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061-0260.