Systems Engineer -- Human Systems Engineering and Integration

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

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

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

  • Analyze, review, assess, and make recommendations on human-system design and development including, requirements analysis and evaluation, task design/redesign, use case development, functional flow and workload modeling for systems and systems of systems. (40%)
  • Develop solutions to optimize the interaction between the human operators and their warfare systems in order to maximize total system effectiveness. Collaborate with warfighting system operators to better understand their needs and communicate human requirements to the system design engineers charged with developing precision strike warfare systems. Lead and perform task analyses, workload modeling, human interface architecture and design, style guide development, and test and evaluation through direct interaction with the warfighters. Produce documentation to capture warfighter feedback, concept definition of tactics and control mechanisms, human requirements, technical recommendations, and analysis results. (40%)
  • 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. (10%)
  • Assist with shaping overall strategy for the Human Systems Engineering Team within the Force Projection 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:

Bachelor's Degree in Human Systems Engineering, Human Systems Integration (HSI), Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Industrial Engineering or Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, or equivalent, and at least seven (7) years of progressive experiences. Candidates must have experience in field observation, knowledge elicitation, human requirements analysis and development, storyboarding & prototyping, developing human performance metrics and measurements, usability testing, etc. Candidates must also be able to work independently and with government and DoD Sponsors and analysis teams. Excellent oral and written communication skills are essential. Secret clearance is required.

Desired Qualifications:

Master's Degree in Human Systems Engineering (or Systems Engineering with a concentration in Human Systems Engineering), Human Systems Integration, Human Computer Interaction, Industrial Engineering, or equivalent. At least twelve (12) years of progressive and practical experience related to HSE/HSI on military strike warfare systems with particular emphasis on operator to machine interface. Practical experience with several model development tools (e.g.,IMPRINT, UML/Magic Draw, Bizagi, and similar applications) and wire framing tools (e.g., Axure, Balsamiq) is important. Demonstrated experience with team building, leading teams, observation (ethnography) is a plus. Knowledge of appropriate industry and military standards, such as MIL-STD-1472, MIL-STD-2525, and DI-HFACs is also beneficial. Proficient understanding of system architecting and modeling, agile development, and six-sigma processes along with the appropriate tools and techniques are an added plus.

Special Working Conditions: Some travel required to government and contractor facilities. This includes operational military bases and the APL Field Office in Lexington Park, MD.

Security: Applicant selected will be subject to a government security clearance investigation and must meet the requirements for access to classified information at the SECRET level. 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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