Human Factors Research Engineer

Human Factor Research Engineer conducts user needs analysis, task flow analysis, interface design, usability testing and statistical data analysis. The individual in this position participates in projects of moderate to high complexity, supporting the Human Factors Lead Researcher in technical issues to a successful conclusion. Human Factors Research Engineer works on problems of moderate scope and analyzes data requirements for evaluation of identifiable factors.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Contribute to design and conduct user studies in human-vehicle interactions, human reaction time measurement, and vehicle HMI design and evaluation.
  2. Help develop user studies for evaluating human factors on driving environments and tasks conducted inside passenger vehicles.
  3. Help design and implement cognitive aids, such as procedural storyboards or decision support systems.
  4. Collect data through direct observation of work activities or witnessing the conduct of tests.
  5. Provide human factors technical expertise on topics such as advanced user-interface technology development or the role of human users in automated or autonomous sub-systems in advanced vehicle systems.
  6. Investigate theoretical or conceptual issues, such as the human design considerations of self-driving vehicles.
  7. Conduct interviews or surveys of users or customers to collect information on topics such as distraction, requirements, needs, fatigue and drowsiness, ergonomics, or interfaces.
  8. Prepare reports or presentations summarizing results or conclusions of human factors engineering or ergonomics activities
  9. Operate testing equipment, such as driving simulators, head and eye tracking hardware, heat stress meters, octave band analyzers, motion analysis equipment, inclinometers, light meters, velometers, etc.
  10. Develop or implement research methodologies or statistical analysis plans to test and evaluate prototypes such as cockpit designs, user workstations, or computerized human models.
  11. Advocate for end users in collaboration with other professionals including engineers, designers, managers, or customers.
  12. Conducts human factors applied research in the development of automotive products, services, and user/process modeling.
  13. Takes proper steps to understand client goals and strategies, using proven human factors methodologies and tools to recommend changes that will improve overall usability.
  14. Performs statistical analysis of behavioral and subjective user data, and develop guidelines for in-vehicle HMI design.

Competencies and Skills

  1. Proficiency in user study design and execution
  2. Proficiency in statistical analysis
  3. Experience in sample design and recruiting participants for user studies
  4. Excellent communication skills
  5. Problem solving/analysis
  6. Strong statistical analysis skills
  7. Deep knowledge of human reaction time measurement research and methodologies


  • Advanced degree in Human Factors, Human Machine Interaction, or related field
  • 3+ years of relevant research experience, preferably in the automotive industry
  • Understanding of automotive human factors guidelines and ergonomics
  • Expert level knowledge of quantitative, qualitative, and human factors research methodologies.
  • Work independently and/or collaboratively as part of a team.
  • Strong communication skills

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