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Human Factors Principal Research Scientist

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9/21/2017 3:57:11 PM
Seattle, WA US
Job Description:

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 Business Line Human Factors business is currently seeking a Human Factors Principal Research Scientist. This position is located in Seattle, Washington




The Principal Research Scientist is part of the human factors staff at Battelle’s Center for Human Performance and Safety (CHPS) within the Transportation Business Line (TBL).  CHPS staff in Seattle, WA provide a human-centered approach to the development and evaluation of programs, systems, and products. 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. Key clients include both government and industry organizations in the transportation sector (e.g., U.S. Department of Transportation).


The Human Factors Principal Research Scientist will work with CHPS staff to develop, lead, and conduct human factors research. Primary activities identifying and developing marketing opportunities with new and existing clients, leading proposals, managing projects, and conducting research (e.g., on-road and driving simulator studies) and analyses (e.g. task analysis) associated with driver behavior and performance, advanced vehicle-based and infrastructure-based safety technologies, Automated Vehicles, traffic safety, and Commercial Vehicle Operations.   Specific responsibilities are to:


  • Contribute to long-term and short-term business development activities and client relationship activities as directed by senior staff within CHPS and TBL
  • Be an effective task and project leader, responsible for coordinating, conducting, and overseeing research
  • Perform assigned technical tasks and activities, in a timely manner as requested
  • Prepare and present oral briefings to colleagues, and other professionals
  • Improve performance in technical activities through job training and outside study


    This position reports to the Transportation Business Line Manager and is provided day-to-day work direction by senior human factors staff.




  • Master's degree in Industrial Engineering, Psychology, Human Factors or related technical degree and a minimum of 8 years of experience conducting human factors research within safety-critical systems (i.e., forward collision warning devices, speed warning devices, pedestrian detection systems, or adaptive cruise control)
  • Proven ability to perform statistical analysis using standard social sciences statistical packages (R, SAS, etc.)
  • Demonstrated writing communication skills and experience writing proposals, technical reports and publications
  • Self-starter, able to work independently with a sense of urgency and network effectively to gather data from different sources in a team environment
  • Be an effective listener and contributor at client meetings.  Demonstrated ability to document the pertinent information/action items/opportunities discussed in a client meeting and provide a written summary of that material for management and senior technical staff
  • Possess a strong work ethic and be task focused.  Must be willing to “do what it takes” to get the job done within the allotted timeframe while maintaining the highest levels of quality in the products produced




  • PhD in Industrial Engineering, Psychology, or Human Factors or related technical degree and 5 years of experience conducting human factors research within safety-critical systems (i.e., automated driving systems, forward collision warning devices, speed warning devices, pedestrian detection systems, or adaptive cruise control).
  • Demonstrated experience conducting research for US DOT.




    Battelle’s competitive benefits program includes comprehensive medical and dental care, matching 401K, paid time off, flexible spending accounts, disability coverage, and other benefits that help provide financial protection for you and your family.


    Battelle provides employment and opportunities for advancement, compensation, training, and growth according to individual merit, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, age, genetic information, disability, military or veteran status, or any other protected classes covered under federal or applicable state and local law. Our goal is for each staff member to have the opportunity to grow to the limits of their abilities and to achieve personal and organizational objectives. We will support positive programs for equal treatment of all staff and full utilization of all qualified employees at all levels within Battelle.”

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