Human Factors Engineer
Vanderbilt University - Nashville, TN

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The human factor engineer will be a member of a multi-disciplinary team that seeks to apply human factors and clinical informatics skills to complex healthcare technology development and process improvement projects. Additionally, the engineer will collaborate to create research evaluation plans, conduct quantitative and qualitative research, and facilitate analysis and dissemination of findings. Actual work activities will vary depending on each project’s scope and status.

Preferred Qualifications:
The candidate will be trained and/or have industry experience in iterative user-centered design and evaluation, human computer interaction, field research, and human factors data analysis. The candidate should be experienced in usability techniques such as creating user scenarios, rapid prototyping, and usability testing. The candidate should have project management experience. Familiarity with safety crucial health care environments is highly desirable. The candidate will be expected to liaise closely with physicians, nurses, Information Service Consultants, programmers, managers, and engineers. The candidate should have an in-depth understanding of theories, principles, and data associated with human performance capabilities as well as design and development limitations.

Key Functions and Expected Performances:
Manage user interface design and evaluation projects

Manage informatics projects including establishment of milestones, timelines, and deliverables, using widely recognized project management methods

Conduct user research to identify user needs and requirements as well as user characteristics

Write functional requirements, design requirements, and other specification documents as needed to facilitate the transfer of user research into design products

Work with user interface designers, users, faculty, and other stakeholders to crate useful, usable, and efficient product designs

Design and conduct formative and summative usability tests of interface prototypes with intended customers based on users’ needs and requirements in low-and high- fidelity test environments including in situ testing during actual patient care

Analyze the results and outcomes of usability inspection and testing activities

Document and maintain a record of design evolution including design history files and other documentation required for institutional, legal, regulatory, and other uses

Establish, maintain, and manage a post-release complaint/event database of CRISS-developed user interface designs

Integrate human factors methodology and research into projects

Develop, modify and communicate appropriate human factors techniques to determine user behavior, preferences, and usage models needed for future work

Undertake human factors research and process engineering including identifying, planning, monitoring, executing and analyzing tasks for the entire project as needed

Conduct adverse event analysis including FMECA and FTA, event narratives and timeline analysis

Apply relevant human factors methods, communicating and feeding results back into project

Demonstrate effective and proactive communication

Apply effective communication skills (verbal, written, listening and presentation) to projects

Proactively facilitate feedback processes within the project team

Prepare, develop and use appropriate tools and procedures

Develop, prepare, and deploy effective field observation methods and materials

Prepare and use a range of design prototyping media and materials appropriate to the job and task requirements

Prepare, conduct, and analyze technology using formal inspection, observation, survey, and interview methods to assess design safety, usability, effectiveness, efficiency, user satisfaction, and aesthetics, as appropriate for the design stage and goals

Prepare, use, and maintain human factors materials and tools including, but not limited to, portable and fixed laboratory audio-video recording equipment

Demonstrate an understanding of acceptable procedures and techniques

Recognize problems and suggest solutions, including problem referral

Assist in modifications as directed

Report to, support, and work with CRISS faculty

Participate as an integral and active member of the Center for Research and Innovation in Systems Safety (CRISS)

Interact with designated supervisory CRISS faculty

Report to, support, and collaborate with CRISS faculty on research and operational projects as assigned

Additional Information:
This is a full-time position.

Salary is dependent upon years of education and experience.

Background screens will be performed and education will be verified prior to employment. Please be prepared to provide required information and/or documentation.

Vanderbilt is a smoke-free workplace in compliance with the Non-Smoker Protection Act, Tennessee Code Annotated 39-17-1801-1810. In accordance with that law and Vanderbilt policy, smoking is prohibited in all buildings on Vanderbilt property and on the grounds of the campus with the exception of designated outdoor smoking areas.

Vanderbilt is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer

Basic Qualifications

Job requires a Bachelor's degree and 4 years of experience working in human factors engineering.

Master's degree preferred.

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