Human Size and Shape Researcher for Product Design
US Army DEVCOM Soldier Center
Location: Natick, Massachusetts
Type: Full Time
Salary: Dependent on experience/edu
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.
Telecommuting is allowed.
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 conducts applied military research in the areas of anthropometry with focus on secular changes in military anthropometry, sizing system development and accommodation, clothing and equipment fit, workspace design, 3/4D human body modeling for body shape analysis and human-equipment interface evaluation.
Position: Design, execute and reporting on human size and body shape related research and product testing, providing data-driven recommendations and solutions. There are two potential tracks for this position:
Anthropometry for clothing applications. Activities for this position include palpating and measuring the human body (need to feel comfortable and act professionally while touching and being in the presence of semi clothed individuals). Conducting assessments of the fit and performance of clothing and individual clothing systems. Developing sizing and accommodation guidance for designers.
Soldier digital human modeling and applications. Activities for this position include planning and executing 3/4D scanning for anthropometry and human factors research/ product testing, post-processing 3/4D scan data for various applications (e.g., extraction of features and measurements, 3/4D geometric modeling, shape analysis and visualization), and providing data-driven recommendations and solutions.
Work topics are constantly changing, but examples include:
Development of a head models for the use in designing headborne systems (helmets, heads up displays, night vision devices, eyewear, etc.)
Analysis to understand the role the sizing and shape of the human body as it relates to performance outcomes (e.g., mobility, marksmanship, cognition).
Iterative design assessment of clothing items (e.g., chemical/biological protective ensemble) for improved fit, 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.
Anthropometry for clothing applications. Candidate should have strong background and understanding of human body size and shape measurement methods and/or clothing design processes (i.e., sizing system development based on anthropometric survey databases and statistical analyses, clothing construction and pattern making). Understanding of the principles and methods for 3D scan data processing is highly desired.
Soldier digital human modeling and applications. Candidate should have strong computer programming skills (e.g., Python, C, MATLAB) in geometric and numerical computation. Ability to understand the principles and methods for 3D scan data processing is essential. Prior experience in computer vision, game programming, 3D scan processing with PolyWorks, Maya, Blender, Browzwear, CLO 3D, Gerber system (i.e., AccuMark 3D), EFI OPTITEX and/or Adobe Illustrator is desired.
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.