Friday, September 18, 2015

Job Posting: Human Factors Scientist - Transportation Operations at Battelle

Battelle is guided by a founding mission. We invest our knowledge, talents and resources, helping our customers achieve their most important goals. We apply scientific rigor and creativity, succeeding where others may fail and we invest in our communities, making the world better for generations to come. All of us share a common purpose: to solve the greatest challenges of today and tomorrow.

Our 22,000 employees work at the forefront of scientific innovation to tackle critical challenges in security, human health, manufacturing, energy and environmental management. Battelle’s work is grounded in the belief that science, technology and a passion for excellence can make industries more competitive and the world a better place.

Our Transportation Operations Human Factors business is currently seeking a Human Factors Research Scientist. This position is located in Seattle, Washington.

Position Description:

Battelle’s human factors staff in Seattle, WA provide a human-centered approach to the development and evaluation of programs, systems, and products. The human factors researchers at Battelle combine human factors tools and techniques with behavioral science, computer science, and engineering expertise to address the needs and requirements of users, operators, and maintainers. Clients include both government and industry organizations in the transportation, energy, and national security domains.

Human Factors Research Scientists work with our technical staff to conduct human factors research with general direction, but limited supervision. Primary activities include literature searches and reviews, field data collection and analysis, laboratory data collection and analysis, and execution of human factors analyses based upon available data. Principal responsibilities are to:
  • Perform assigned technical tasks and activities, in a timely manner as requested
  • Prepare and present oral briefings to colleagues and other professionals
  • Contribute to project development and client relationship activities as directed
  • Improve performance in technical activities through job training and outside study

This position reports to the Critical Infrastructure Transportation Operations (CITO) Manager and is provided day-to-day work direction by various technical staff and project managers.

The following requirements must be met to be considered for the position:
  • Master's degree in Industrial Engineering, Psychology or Human Factors or related technical degree and a minimum of 2-5 years of experience conducting human factors research with safety-critical systems.
  • Proven ability to perform statistical analysis using standard social sciences statistical packages (SAS, etc.)
  • Demonstrated writing communication skills and capable of writing technical reports and publications.

The following is desired, but not required to be considered for this position:
  • PhD in Industrial Engineering, Psychology, or Human Factors or related technical degree
  • US citizen with a current or prior Department of Defense security clearance approval

To apply for this position, please go to:

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Job Posting: Director of the National Advanced Driving Simulator, The University of Iowa

The University of Iowa College of Engineering and the National Advanced Driving Simulator invite applications for a faculty Director at the associate or full professor level. Applicants should have distinguished scholarly credentials.  We seek a dynamic and highly collaborative leader who will catalyze enthusiasm and collaboration across disciplines.
The National Advanced Driving Simulator (NADS) is a self-sustained transportation safety research center at the University of Iowa.   NADS utilizes its suite of world-class driving simulators and instrumented vehicles to conduct research studies for the private and public sectors. NADS is staffed by 18 full-time employees who specialize in studying the connection between humans and vehicles.  Faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students from various departments across campus are involved in conducting research at NADS on topics that include human factors, vehicle safety systems, driver impairment, driver distraction, connected vehicle technologies, drug and clinical driving-related research, automated vehicles, and simulation and on-road data collection technologies.  Development and research conducted at the NADS – sponsored by government, military, and industry partners – saves lives, improves quality of life for motorists, advances the state of the art in driving simulation, and improves the efficiency and productivity of the automotive and supporting industries.
As Director of NADS, the candidate is expected to provide leadership in planning, operating, and administering the National Advanced Driving Simulator (NADS).  The Director is responsible for all aspects of NADS research programs and operations, including maintaining its capabilities at the cutting edge of driving simulation technology.  The candidate will have a faculty appointment within the College of Engineering, and will be expected to carry out research, teach, and contribute to the academic mission of the college and the university.
Academic interests may address any aspect of transportation, driving research, or related fields.  We seek a broad and engaging thinker who transcends disciplinary boundaries. The successful candidate will be at the forefront of driving or transportation related issues with a wide ranging impact within and beyond the academy.  An earned doctorate in any relevant Engineering discipline and a strong portfolio of impactful scholarship and teaching are required.  The faculty appointment will be made in one of the College of Engineering academic departments or it could be a joint appointment among multiple departments.  The salary will be competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.
To apply for this appointment, please go to and see Requisition # 67407 listed under the College of Engineering.
The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.  All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Job Posting: Staff Engineer, User Interface (Human Factors) -- CLOSED


For: Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America

Position Title: Staff Engineer, User Interface (Human Factors); Job Code: 10

This position is responsible for participating in development activities for future-vehicle HMI systems through the implementation of a rigorous, iterative, human-centered development process comprised of repeated observation, innovation and test cycles.

  • Support team in concept development from a Human Factors and ergonomics perspective.
  • Interact with internal and external customers, vendors, and external research organizations to identify and refine innovation opportunities related to HMI multi-modal experiences.
  • Participate in customer innovation events to both capture needs identified by customers and to facilitate new opportunity identification by demonstration of innovative concepts.
  • Lead knowledge transfer of research findings to internal teams in laymen’s terms.
  • Collaborate with senior leadership and work directly with technical experts on advanced development initiatives and represent Panasonic in related academic conferences.

  • Responsible for evaluating merit and applicability of technical reports and prior research.
  • Analyze simulator and naturalistic driving data (visual, manipulative, auditory, physiological, and cognitive data).
  • Design and set up efficient test scenarios using simulator software.
  • R&D to improve HMI product and metrology.
  • Evaluate human performance using a variety of test environments incorporating, human factors, statistics, cognitive psychology.
  • Develop and run tests and protocols for HMI product evaluation in simulators and in vehicle.
  • Determine effective usage of human performance measurements (eye tracking, driving simulators, heart, cognitive, etc.)
  • Development of walk-throughs, prototypes, and reconfigurable simulators.

  • Apply the HFES Standards and academic know how to HMI Product Validation.
  • Support early concept development evaluations and simulator to filter out best areas to focus resources.
  • Evaluate and lead early in process system and product designs for HMI advanced development.

  • Manage and communicate with team and management regarding development activities, project schedule, cost, issues, and risks.
  • Tracks and reports teams’ status on meeting objectives via EARS (Engineering Activity Records Systems).

  • Active participant in SAE / ISO / HFES societies on HMI related standards/guidelines.
  • Maintain awareness of industry trends and regulatory compliance related to human factors.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

  • Masters in Psychology, Human Factors, Engineering or Physical Science. PhD preferred.
  • Minimum of ten (5) years automotive related experience in Human-Machine Interface product design.
  • Minimum of five (5) years’ leading a team.
  • Subject Matter Expert in human factors, cognitive psychology, statistics tools and methods, user-centered Human Machine Interface evaluation, interaction research, driver distraction research, and attention management research.
  • Experience in developing project plans and plans.
  • Experience in the usability testing and usability engineering, with an emphasis on the automotive industry.
  • Demonstrated mastery of statistical tools and methods.
  • Experience in leading human factors testing of mocked-up versions HMI system level prototypes in simulated and real driving conditions.
  • Experience in the design and development utilizing rich web-based user interfaces.
  • Demonstrated domain knowledge in automotive HMI subsystems.
  • Understanding of HMI, HFES standards and government guidelines.
  • Strong technical knowledge of either software or hardware design.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook as appropriate to the position.

COMPETENCIES (Level Specific):
Leader of Others: Individual achieves results through others by leading projects and/or teams taking into consideration budget, workforce and delegation of tasks and responsibilities; builds effective professional relationships throughout the organization and in the market space.

Functional/Technical Knowledge 
Understands and appropriately applies functional/technical knowledge. Demonstrates active interest and ability to develop and apply new functional/technical knowledge.
Provides timely guidance and feedback to help others develop and strengthen specific knowledge/skill areas needed to accomplish a task or solve a problem.
Allocating decision-making authority and/or task responsibility to others in order to maximize the organization's and individuals' effectiveness.
Driving Results
Setting stretch goals for personal and team accomplishments; using clear metrics to monitor progress; tenaciously working to meet or exceed expectations while deriving satisfaction from achievements and continuous improvement.
Uses appropriate interpersonal styles and techniques to gain acceptance/support of ideas or plans; modifies one's own behavior to accommodate tasks, situations, and individuals involved.


Maintaining effectiveness when experiencing major changes; adjusting effectively to change by exploring the benefits, trying new approaches, and collaborating with others to make the change successful.
Developing and leveraging relationships within and across work groups (internal teams; customers; vendors etc.) to effectively accomplish organizational goals; gaining consensus/support by taking actions that reflect the needs and contributions of others.
Clearly conveying information and ideas through a variety of media to individuals or groups in a manner that engages the audience and helps them understand and retain the message.
Customer Focus
Ensuring that the (internal or external) customer’s perspective is a driving force behind priorities, decisions, processes, and activities; promoting and living customer service as a value.
Securing and comparing information from multiple sources to identify business issues; committing to an action after weighing alternative solutions against important decision criteria.


Ability to travel as required of the position, including domestic and international travel 5% – 10% of the year.

  • Review procedures, materials, or processes to assure compliance to all specifications and standards.
  • Comply with and enforce all procedures and work instructions.
  • Respond to quality and work issues and take corrective action as appropriate.
  • Has the organizational authority to identify and segregate, as necessary, suspect or non-conforming material (for example components, saleable product, specifications, controlled documents, etc.) and to notify the appropriate authority (manager, etc.) for instructions.

  • Maintains tools, equipment, and work areas in a neat and orderly manner and observes all work related safety practices and procedures.
  • Will comply with all applicable Company safety policies, rules, and regulations.
  • Must comply with all Federal, State, and local environmental laws and regulations and relevant company procedures and instructions related to the environmental management system and contribute to the achievement of the relevant environmental objectives and targets established by the Company. 
  • In addition, provides the leadership and resources for such activities as applicable.

  • Required to sit, stand, or walk for prolonged periods of time.
  • Use hands and fingers to handle or feel objects or use controls, tools, or equipment.
  • May require the ability to use a keyboard and other office equipment.
  • May require specific vision abilities that include close vision.
  • May be required to perform concentrated work for extended periods of time.
  • May be required to lift, carry, or exert items or objects of reasonable weight.
  • May be required to perform duties beyond standard business hours.

CONTACT (Interested and qualified professionals may apply):

Don Turner
Group Manager - eCockpit
Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America