Full time, Post-Doc or Internship based on candidate, government position. Onsite (outside Boston, MA) with some telework. Rate of pay similar to government pay scale (GS) and dependent on level of experience and education.
2 openings available.
Background: The Applied Ergonomics Team at the US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Soldier Center (DEVCOM SC) is looking for both students for internships and/or full-time graduates to join our team. The Applied Ergonomics Team at DEVCOM SC provides anthropometry, human factors (HF) and human system integration (HSI) guidance for the development of personal protective clothing, as well as individual (load carriage, hydration packs, parachutes) and organizational (tents/shelters, food service items) equipment intended for Soldier use. The team also conducts applied military human factors research in the areas of mobility, teaming, communications, marksmanship, sleep, comfort, user experience and visual/auditory systems.
Position: Design, execute and reporting on human factors related research and product testing, providing data-driven recommendations and solutions. Work topics are constantly changing, but examples include:
Development of a series of methodologies for test and evaluation of a headborne integrated display (ballistic helmets with integrated heads-up, thermal/night vision, mission information, etc.), specifically, field of view, depth perception, and impacts to hearing/speech and other potential human performance impacts by these products.
Developing methods to measure and assessing the role of team dynamics, leadership, and communications in small team/squad level mission task performance (i.e., a marksmanship task, react to contact drill, or urban operations.
Understanding the impacts of individual characteristics on mission and marksmanship performance, via the utilization of a simulated weapons system to measure lethality, movement/stability and decision making.
Iterative design assessment of clothing items (e.g., chemical/biological protective ensemble) for improved usability and mission performance.
Skills: This position requires high-quality interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills, as well as the enthusiastic ability to interact professionally and participate as a team member. Candidates should be detailed oriented with strong researcher skills. Prior experience in research methods, technical report writing, human factors principles, data analysis and data modeling are desired. Knowledge of statistical software packages and MS Office required. Knowledge of MATLAB desired (Unity and Python are bonuses!).
The U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Soldier Center (DEVCOM Soldier Center) is located at the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Systems Center in Natick, Massachusetts, under the Army Futures Command. Stretching back to 1954, the Soldier Center's history of support for the Soldier has continued uninterrupted for more than six decades, with a focus on Soldier-related research, development and testing and evaluation efforts. If Soldiers wear it, eat it, sleep under it, or have it airdropped to them in theater, it can be traced back to the Soldier Center. Made up of a diverse workforce comprised of scientists, engineers, technologists and equipment designers, the Soldier Center provides a wide range of capabilities to the Soldier, to include field feeding and life support systems, clothing, precision airdrop systems, and ballistic, chemical and laser-protection systems.