Senior Human Systems 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 an experienced Human Systems Engineer.

Job Summary: Provide Human Systems Engineering and Human Systems Integration (HSE/HSI) technical leadership and expertise to support the design of current and future Navy systems.

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

  1. Provide technical leadership and expertise in Human Systems Engineering to influence the design of current and future Navy systems. Review, assess, make recommendations on, and contribute to: requirements design, Use Case development, and Functional Flow modeling for systems and systems of systems. (35%)

  2. Develop solutions to bridge the gap between the warfighters using, and the engineers designing and building, Navy systems. Lead and perform task analyses, workload modeling, human interface design, and usability testing through direct interaction with the warfighters. Produce documentation to capture warfighter feedback, concept definition of tactics and control mechanisms, technical recommendations, and analysis results. (35%)

  3. Lead and participate in multi-organization working groups to review results, define concepts, propose solutions, and coordinate analyses. Coordinate efforts with APL staff and government Sponsors. (20%)

  4. Assist with shaping overall strategy for the Human Systems Engineering Team within the Air and Missile Defense Sector. (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:

Bachelors Degree in Human Systems Engineering, Human Systems Integration, Human Computer Interaction, Industrial Engineering, or equivalent, and at least five (5) years of progressive experiences and responsibilities related to HSE/HSI for a military (Navy preferred) system. Experience in a team environment involving prototyping, usability testing, storyboarding, etc. Ability to work independently and with government and DoD Sponsors and analysis teams. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Active Secret clearance.

Desired Qualifications: Masters in Human Systems Engineering, Human Systems Integration, Human Computer Interaction, Industrial Engineering, or equivalent. At least ten (10) years of progressive experience related to HSE/HSI for Navy ship defense systems with practical experience and progressive responsibilities and accomplishments in AN/SLQ-32 EW, Ship Self-Defense System (SSDS) and/or Aegis Combat System. Practical experience with several model development tools (e.g.,IMPRINT, UML/Magic Draw, Bizagi, or similar), wire framing tools (e.g., Axure, Balsamiq) and leading operator observation events. Active Secret clearance.


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 orientation, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.

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