Human Factors Engineer

Introduction: 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: Apply Human Systems Engineering (HSE) and Cognitive Engineering (CE) methodologies to support system development, process and performance improvement, and analysis efforts within JHU/APL’s National Health, Cyber Operations, Special Operations, and Homeland Protection business areas.

Duties (Listed in order of importance with the estimated amount of time spent at each task):

  • Lead technical activities including cognitive task analyses, user interviews, requirements development and analysis, prototype design and development, and human-in-the-loop testing. Design and conduct ethnographic studies to understand workflow, decision making requirements, and user tasks and the environment/context in which they are performed. (50%)
  • Apply user-centered design processes and research methods, including, observational studies, scenario based knowledge elicitation, wireframe designs, and usability studies, to improve the design, development, and evaluation of systems and processes in various domain areas to enhance total system effectiveness and performance. Communicate findings and actionable recommendations. (50%)

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:

  • MS in Human Factors, Psychology, Industrial Engineering or related field.
  • Demonstrated ability to apply HSE/CE principles in system and process design, development, and testing efforts.
  • Deep knowledge of experimental methods and human subjects research.
  • Data analysis using both quantitative and qualitative methods.
  • Team player with excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to obtain a US government security clearance.

Desired Qualifications:

  • PhD in Human Factors, Psychology, Industrial Engineering or related field.
  • 3 years of relevant experience in C/HSE or Human Factors.
  • Applied C/HSE in cyber domain.
  • Experience with GUI prototyping tools (e.g., Axure, Balsamiq).
  • Knowledge of Health domain.
  • Experience designing and testing healthcare tools.
  • Ability to do some scripting/coding.
  • Active Secret clearance.

Special Working Conditions: none

Security: Applicant selected will be subject to a government security clearance investigation and must meet the requirements for access to classified information. Eligibility requirements include U.S. 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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