Human Factors Engineer

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), a national leader in scientific research and development, located midway between Baltimore and Washington, DC is seeking a Human Factors Engineer.

Job Summary: Work in a multi-discipline environment performing human factors tasks on precision strike and command and control (C2) programs, providing technical expertise to support the design of current and future Navy systems.


  • Conduct general Human Systems Engineering (HSE) design and evaluation efforts to include task analyses, requirements development and decomposition, functional flow modeling, and human research. (45%)
  • Work independently and as a part of multi-discipline working groups to review designs, define concepts, identify and mitigate human factors, and coordinate analyses. (45%)
  • Produce technical products (reports, presentations, etc.) to communicate HSE efforts and contributions. (10%)

Note: This job summary and listing of duties is for the purpose of describing the position and its essential functions at time of hire and may change over time.

Required Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in Human Factors, Systems Engineering with a focus on Human Factors, or other related technical field with 1 year of relevant experience gained professionally or via academic pursuits. Ability to work independently and in an interdisciplinary team. Ability to recognize and communicate key issues.

Desired Qualifications: M.S. in Human Factors or closely related program and 3 years of relevant professional engineering experience. Familiarity with manned and unmanned Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) platforms and/or Electronic Warfare Systems. Experience with human factors requirements development. Background in task analyses and developing task analysis diagrams. Active Secret clearance.

Special Working Conditions: Some travel required to sponsor worksites within the continental US; approximately 3 days per month.

Security: Secret Clearance is required. Applicants selected will be subject to a Government security investigation and must meet the eligibility requirements for access to classified information up to the Secret level. Eligibility requirements include US citizenship.

Benefits: APL offers a comprehensive benefits package including a liberal vacation plan, a matching retirement program, significant educational assistance, a scholarship tuition program for staff with dependents, and competitive salaries commensurate with skills and experience. For more information about our organization, please visit our web site at

Equal Employment Opportunity: Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that complies with Title IX of the Education Amendments Acts of 1972, as well as other applicable laws. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.

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