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Principal Human Factors Engineer

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11/22/2017 3:57:07 PM
Egg Harbor Township, NJ US

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.


We are currently seeking a Principal Human Factors Engineer. This position located in Egg Harbor Township, NJ.




Battelle’s Critical Infrastructure Security Resilience Business Line is seeking an experienced human factors research scientist, with a strong background in Experimental, Cognitive, Industrial/Organizational, Human Factors, or Applied Psychology.  The candidate must have strong quantitative skills to support DHS and TSA research, development, test and evaluation of security technologies and user-in-the-loop operator performance with these technologies. This is a full time, salaried position, which may require up to 30% travel at times.


Work will be performed in the BACO office, at field locations throughout the U.S., and at various DHS/TSA laboratory facilities, including those in Atlantic City, NJ and Washington, DC. The candidate will aid in the development and evaluation of security systems and operational processes/procedures to improve operator effectiveness, productivity, safety, and Homeland Security in general. They will develop and apply defensible experimental psychology research and evaluation approaches to identify the cognitive/perceptual requirements and abilities of system users, operators, and maintainers. Candidate must have strong technical management skills as well, to support managing the work of multiple subordinate research scientists, engineers, and technicians.


  • Design and conduct applied Human Factors experimental research to enhance human-system performance for threat detection systems and other transportation security applications.
  • Design and conduct requirements-based tests and usability evaluations of security systems and procedures.
  • Perform statistical analyses to support Human Factors tests, experiments, and evaluations of complex archival datasets.
  • Measure human-in-the-loop system performance.
  • Develop and determine the efficacy of security procedures.
  • Develop and validate training curricula and materials to improve human-systems performance.
  • Work with software developers and database specialists to develop and improve transportation security-related software applications.
  • Aid engineers to design defensible, valid tests for security systems, and statistically analyze and report on system performance data.
  • Write, review, and edit technical reports.
  • Prepare and present oral briefings to clients.
  • Write and contribute to writing proposals and white papers for new Human Factors and Engineering work.
  • Direct, oversee, and ensure the quality of work for multiple subordinate researchers.
  • Train less experienced personnel in experimental research and data analysis skills.
  • Perform these duties with a minimum of supervision and within time and budget constraints.






  • Master’s Degree in Cognitive, Experimental, Industrial/Organizational or Applied Psychology, or Human Factors, and five years of practical experience performing Human Factors test and evaluation of complex systems, and/or performing applied research in Cognitive, Experimental, Industrial/ Organizational, or Applied Psychology.
  • Considerable expertise in performing uni- and multivariate, descriptive and inferential statistical analyses with SPSS, SAS, BMDP, or similar statistics packages. 
  • Considerable experience writing HF/applied psychology scientific and technical reports and presentations.
  • US Citizen with an Active Secret Clearance.




  • Ph.D in Cognitive, Experimental, Industrial/Organizational or Applied Psychology, or Human Factors. And 2 years of relevant experience
  • Human Factors testing/research/development experience with security systems and technologies.
  • Experience developing user interfaces, user data collection/evaluation applications, and visual stimulus presentation applications in current programming languages (E.g., C++, C#, Java, etc.)
  • Experience designing experiments/analyzing data with Matlab.
  • Experience writing and publishing work for professional publications and conferences.





    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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