Human Factors Engineering Researcher

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Leidos's Military & Veterans Health Solutions Group is currently looking for a Human Factors Engineer to support studies to leverage science and technology to maximize warfighter operational performance and enhance physiological and psychological warfighter resilience in support of the Warfighter Performance Department at the Naval Health Research Center (NHRC), in San Diego, CA.  The Warfighter Performance conducts and development of new strategies for enhancing human performance including load carriage impact on injury and performance; thermoregulation as it relates to prevention of heat illness and return to duty from a heat injury; exposure to cold temperature and cold water operations; operations performed at altitude; surveillance markers of wounded or injured warfighters relative to biomechanics and cognitive function; defining patterns of resiliency to physical and psychological injury; mitigating the impact of insufficient sleep and fatigue; enhancing training strategies to improve post deployment behavioral health outcomes; evaluation and development of health and wellness strategies; evaluation of wounded warrior care; and establish return-to-duty criteria for wounded service members.   



The ideal candidate shall:

·         Initiate, formulate, and develop multi-disciplinary biomedical research projects utilizing scientific expertise in human factors engineering, psychophysics, fatigue, and cognitive modeling. 

·         Develop programmatic plans for multi-year projects to conduct basic research, applied research, and device test & evaluation.

·         Identify research topics in areas of human factors engineering, cognitive function, physical and psychological performance, and fatigue.

·         Write research proposals, research protocols, technical reports, and/or publications addressing the above topics.

·         Research and collect background and historical information specific to topical areas.

·         Respond to research grant solicitations and obtain funding from sponsoring agencies.

·         Execute approved work units/projects by determining requirements and obtaining laboratory equipment and materials.

·         Establish testable research hypotheses addressing the effects of thermal, environmental, psychological, cognitive, and operational stressors on operationally relevant performance of military personnel.  The contractor shall identify research questions that are testable within the formulated hypotheses using accepted research methodologies in the area of environmental and operational stressors on military job performance.

·         Design, fabricate, and test specialized research equipment.

·         Author scientific articles, publications, technical reports, and semi-technical summaries/publications for non-research technical and general audiences. Coordinate and ensure publication of technical information, report findings and recommendations via presentations and publications.

·         Act as reviewer and referee, upon request, for both internal and external manuscripts and/or reports selected for in-house publication or submission to scientific journals.






·         The candidate will be required to acquire, at a minimum, a SECRET classification access level.  Preference will be given to a candidate who already has this clearance level.

·         Due to Federal contract requirements, US citizenship is required.

·         Candidates must have completed a Master’s Degree or Doctoral (Ph.D.) degree from an accredited US university, or international university of equivalent standard, in engineering, industrial/organizational psychology, physiology, or a related field in order to successfully conduct the multi-disciplinary research approach necessary. Doctoral degree preferred.

·         Candidates must also have demonstrated evidence of scientific achievement as shown by the publication of articles and reports, membership in scientific societies, knowledge of and experience in writing and editing technical and scientific research information, as well as the ability to speak well and concisely, and confer with professional colleagues on a peer basis.

·         Candidates must display a willingness to be exposed to a broad research and management experience in the human performance domain.

·         Demonstrate the ability to extend and apply the knowledge of research to the missions of the NHRC Command and the Navy.

·         Candidates must possess the ability to interact positively and in a professional manner within a research-oriented environment, excellent critical thinking with problem-solving skills, and an ability to work cooperatively in a team setting. Flexibility in responding to changing demands, timelines, and priorities is also required.

·         Candidates must be able to travel both locally, nationally, and internationally as needed.


Ideal Skills:

·         Strong analytical and statistical background to include quantitative and qualitative data analysis, project and program management.

·         Knowledge of research examining human factors in a military operational environment is strongly preferred.


Leidos Overview:
Leidos is a global science and technology solutions leader working to solve the world’s toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, homeland security, civil, and health markets. The company’s 33,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported pro forma annual revenues of approximately $10 billion for the fiscal year ended January 1, 2016 after giving effect to the recently completed combination of Leidos with Lockheed Martin's Information Systems & Global Solutions business (IS&GS). For more information, visit www.Leidos.com. The company’s diverse employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Leidos will consider qualified applicants with criminal histories for employment in accordance with relevant Laws. Leidos is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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