Human Factors Engineer

October 18, 2020
Houston, TX
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Job Description:

Leidos has an opening for a Human Factors Design Engineer/Researcher.  The Human Factors Design Engineer/Researcher will support the Human Factors and Food Research Section on the Human Health and Performance Contract at Johnson Space Center in Houston.  Our team provides research, analysis, evaluation, and usability testing of hardware and software interfaces for cockpits, habitats, spacesuits, and equipment, including computer displays and controls, workstation systems, and other types of crew interfaces.  A unique aspect of this position is the opportunity to work as a human factors researcher, as well as an applied practitioner.

Primary Responsibilities

This position will have significant involvement in a new line of research focused on developing standards, guidelines, and intelligent systems to support astronauts on future long-duration missions which may require autonomous operation.  Areas of research interest include methods for measuring workload, situation awareness, and trust in automation. This position supports other programs such as Orion, Commercial Crew, Gateway, and Extra Vehicular Activities (EVA).  Exploration activities consist of providing support to the design and development of the human-to-system interfaces, including requirements interpretation and verification planning, task analysis, human error analysis, and iterative crew evaluations. For example, the Advanced EVA Informatics project includes tasks such as developing an architecture for actionable data to be presented to crewmembers during EVAs, conducting a crew input trade study, and providing informatics development support.

General Duties:

  • Apply human performance principles, methodologies, and technologies to the design of human-machine systems and products.

  • Identify and analyze technological problems or risks, performs theoretical human factors investigations, and develops and implements research and analysis plans.  

  • Develop and implement research methodologies and statistical analysis plans to test and evaluate developmental prototypes used in new products and processes, such as cockpit designs, user workstations, and computerized human models.

  • Interface with design engineers to establish system design, operating, and training requirements and to ensure optimized human-machine interfaces.

Human Factors Researcher Duties:

  • Generate proposals for directed or solicited research. If awarded, this work would include: experimental design, development of materials, data collection, analysis, report writing, and dissemination of results through submission to journals or attendance at professional meetings and conferences.

Human Factors Practitioner Duties:

  • Provide human systems expertise and support to the design and development of vehicle human-to-system interfaces in an integrated and collaborative fashion, supporting design, development, and preparation of deliverables.

  • Conduct cognitive task analysis – system and component level.

  • Perform human error analysis by identifying potential sources of human error and actions to mitigate sources of human error through design recommendations.

  • Conduct Human-in-the-Loop (HITL) testing by developing test plans, coordinating with facilities and mockup/virtual reality personnel, collaborating with subject matter experts, conducting the data collection and analysis, and delivering presentations to Program management throughout the design lifecycle.

  • Provide human factors consulting services to include: design, prototyping, surveys/interviews, heuristic evaluation, cognitive walkthroughs, and/or usability testing of human-system interfaces. 

  • Provide verification planning and execution for usability, workload, anthropometry, range of motion, strength, etc.

  • Support technical reviews such Preliminary Design Reviews (PDR) and Critical Design Review (CDR).

Basic Qualifications:

PhD candidacy required, PhD preferred in human-computer interaction, human factors, cognitive psychology, or a closely related technical discipline, and 6 years of experience in the field or related area.  The candidate must have demonstrated experience in conducting Human-in-the-Loop (HITL) testing.  Must have demonstrated skills in proposal writing, research/experimental design, human factors consultations, task analysis, prototyping, usability testing, statistical analysis, and report writing.  Must have some experience using prototyping (e.g., Axure), survey generation (e.g., SurveyCrafter), screen capture (e.g., Morae), and statistical tools (e.g., SPSS/STATA, R).  Qualified candidates will have excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work successfully in a multidisciplinary team.

This position requires successful completion of a government background check to access government facilities and/or systems. If you are not a United States Citizen or Green Card holder, this check could take 12-18 months to complete.

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Clearance Level Required:



Yes, 10% of the time

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Human Factors Design Engineering

Leidos is a Fortune 500® information technology, engineering, and science solutions and services leader working to solve the world’s toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, homeland security, civil, and health markets. The company’s 38,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Va., Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $11.09 billion for the fiscal year ended January 3, 2020. For more information, visit

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