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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Human Factors Research Scientist in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 311158

Directorate: National Security

Division: Computing and Analytics

Group: Visual Analytics

Job Description

The Visual Analytics Group at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is seeking a Research Scientist that designs, develops, and implements human factors methods, processes and evaluations to support technology development. Applies knowledge of human factors, cognitive systems engineering, human-computer interaction, cognitive psychology, human subjects experimental design and statistics; invents and implements methods and measures for supporting technology adoption and integration into existing workflows, knowledge elicitation, human in the loop technology evaluation, human performance assessment and human reliability analysis. Demonstrates ability to transfer skills across application domains.

We're a team of visual analytics and human-computer interaction researchers who love making big, complex data useful through new computational methods, great visual design, compelling interaction, support for sound analytic techniques, innovative cognitive modeling, novel human-machine teaming, and solid engineering. We develop new ways for people to benefit from data and care deeply about the intersection between human and computer to solve problems in new ways. We work with partners across PNNL to create solutions for our customers' hardest analysis challenges.

This position is for an early career researcher who is passionate about improving human-machine interaction with advanced technology (e.g. Machine Learning) by supporting the design and evaluation of these tools. The researcher will contribute to and lead small teams that apply cognitive systems engineering techniques to gather systems design requirements, develop and apply measures for evaluating human-machine team performance and conduct small scale human factors experiments to guide prototype development.

The researcher will become a part of a small group of human-machine teaming specialists at PNNL. The selected researcher will have the opportunity to influence work and thinking in this area. The researcher is expected to interact with the international human factors and human computer interaction communities, publishing in and attending conferences such as the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society annual meeting and CHI as well as in peer reviewed journals such as Human Factors. The position carries the expectation of creating new business in human factors, human computer interaction and/or cognitive systems engineering through proposal writing. The researcher is expected to work side-by-side with other scientists and engineers from other disciplines to develop and apply advanced theories, methods and measures to address complex scientific challenges affecting areas such as energy and national security.

The hiring level will be determined based on the education, experience and skill set of the successful candidate based on the following:

Level II: Leads specific tasks of the project to meet scope, schedule and budget. Expected to contribute professionally, building a professional reputation for technical expertise. Fully applying and interpreting standard theories, principles, methods, tools and technologies. Contributes technical content to proposals and develops business through excellent project performance.

Level Ill: Manages small to moderate projects and/or major project tasks. Integrates intellectual and technical capabilities of work teams. Enhances technical/professional skills of junior staff through active mentoring and training. Generates ideas for new proposals and participates in business development activities.

Minimum Qualifications

  • BS/BA with 2 years of Experience MS/MA with 0 years of Experience, MS/MA with 0 years of experience or PhD with 0 year of experience.

  • Based on client and project requirements, US citizenship is required.

  • This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a federal security clearance (see below).

Preferred Qualifications

  • BS/BA with 5 years of experience MS/MA with 3 years of experience PhD with 1 years of experience

  • Preferred academic coursework the disciplines of human factors, human computer interaction, cognitive engineering, cognitive psychology, or related disciplines.

  • Skilled professional who applies a broad basis of existing theories, principles, and concepts to a specialty field.

  • Technical expert who selects and widely applies principles, theories and concepts in a major field of specialization.

  • In-depth knowledge in areas such human-machine teaming, cognitive task analysis, experimental design, human reliability analysis, measures of human performance and cognition is desirable.

  • Comfortable with user experience and human factors evaluation methodologies (e.g. heuristic evaluation, quantitative and qualitative studies)

  • Established local reputation with specialization in at least one S&E domain. Making key contributions in setting technical direction.

  • Developing and optimizing capabilities at the division level. Developing external reputation. Building effective project teams with membership across a group, S&E domain and/or directorate. Contributing to the local organization through mentorship of junior staff and taking on operational assignments.

  • Selects and develops technical approaches on assignments with occasional oversight on complex problems. Principal investigator or co-Pl on projects or tasks, while integrating capabilities of work team members. Supports scoping, scheduling, and budgeting at a project or major task level. Generates new ideas for proposals and business development opportunities while leading development of technical section of small to medium proposals. Demonstrates ability to acquire funding for self with programmatic impact at the sector and division level. Serves as a role model for quality, safety, and security.

  • Establishing leadership role in professional community including professional societies, other laboratories, academia, and industry. Lead of technical products.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Battelle Memorial Institute (BMI) at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and supports diversity in the workplace. All employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital or family status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. All BMI staff must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States. BMI is an E-Verify employer. Learn more at

Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits DOE employees and contractors from participation in certain foreign government talent recruitment programs. If you are offered a position at PNNL and are currently a participant in a foreign government talent recruitment program you will be required to disclose this information before your first day of employment.

Other Information

This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a federal security clearance.


  • U.S. Citizenship

  • Background Investigation: Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified matter in accordance 10 CFR 710, Appendix B.

  • Drug Testing: All Security Clearance (L or Q) positions will be considered by the Department of Energy to be Testing Designated Positions which means that they are subject to applicant, random, and for cause drug testing. In addition, applicants must be able to demonstrate non-use of illegal drugs, including marijuana, for the 12 consecutive months preceding completion of the requisite Questionnaire for National Security Positions (QNSP).

Note: Applicants will be considered ineligible for security clearance processing by the U.S. Department of Energy until non-use of illegal drugs, including marijuana, for 12 consecutive months can be demonstrated.

Directorate: National Security

Job Category: Scientists/Scientific Support

Group: Visual Analytics

Opening Date: 2020-09-03

Closing Date: 2020-11-02