UNIV - Clinical Human Factors Research Specialist II - Department of Anesthesia & Perioperative...

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UNIV - Clinical Human Factors Research Specialist II - Department of Anesthesia & Perioperative Medicine Job no: 508737
Entity: MUSC University
Department: COLLEGE OF MEDICINE - COM-Anesthesia & Perioper
Sub Department: UNIV-2207000-Anesthesia And Perioperative Med
Work type: Full-Time
Employee Type: UNIV - Research Grant
Location: Charleston, SC-Main Campus
Categories: Research
Pay scale: UNIV-Band 5: $32,838.00 - $46,799.00 - $60,760.00 (min - mid - max)

Job Duties:10Advocates and demonstrates the value of human factors considerations on multi-disciplinary teams of designers, engineers, clinicians, administrators, academics, architects, IT developers and other stakeholders.Essential10Conducts user trials, task analyses, interviews, stakeholder interactions, and direct observation of clinical work.Essential10Keeps accurate and detailed records of experiments and results, and identifies and troubleshoots unexpected results.Essential15Assists in data analysis, and the preparation of publications and research grants, under the direction of the Chair of Human Factors.Essential35Collects, records and organizes observational data according to a developed and trained methods, in a variety of surgeries including robotic and cardiac surgery.Essential5Advocates for and applies human factors considerations to root cause analysis and quality improvement projects.Essential5Observes and complies with safety standards and procedures.Essential5Works with a broad range of collaborators to deliver research in the area of human factors, patient safety and quality improvement in healthcare.Essential5Works with clinicians, performance improvement, or safety specialists in the design of new, complex or unusual protocols and applies techniques to improve human performance and efficiency in surgery and other acute care situations.Essential

Job summary: The role will be to assist in research and practice in the application of human factors knowledge and techniques within clinical settings. The clinical focus will be toward surgery, and anesthesia practice, but may encompass any form of care delivery that MUSC or its close partners may be engaged in. The work will require collaboration with a wide range of physicians, nurses, staff, administrators, other hospital employees and occasionally patients. It will also require collaboration with a broad range of academics, architects, technology or equipment vendors and any other stakeholders engaged in the design and implementation of clinical systems.

The Human Factors (HF) Research Assistant should be prepared to work on a variety of research and improvement projects, including, but not limited to, surgical teamwork and performance, operating suite design, sterile services improvement, medication errors, hospital-related IT and technology implementation, surgical robotics, and error modeling. The ability to collect observational data according to pre-defined protocols in surgical procedures, which may require standing and sustained attention for several hours at a time, is a requirement. The HF Research Assistant will be prepared to work with sufficient supervision to apply human factors techniques to these situations, including use task analysis, direct observation, statistical modeling, psychometrics, work systems analysis, behavioral markers systems, interviews, and both qualitative and quantitative analysis. The applicant should be willing to take direction from the Chair of Human Factors, and Human Factors Post-Doctoral scientists, and be prepared to assist in the preparation of papers and grants and direction, be prepared to develop their own skills in all these areas.

This position would be ideal for a human factors graduate seeking to enter the healthcare domain. It is for one year in the first instance, with the ability to extend to up to 5 years. There may also be the potential work towards a higher degree.

Payscale Salary Range: UNIV-Band 5: $32,838.00 - $46,799.00 - $60,760.00 (min - mid - max)

FLSA: Hourly

Minimum Experience and Training Requirements: A bachelor's degree in chemistry, biology, or other natural, life or health care science and one year work experience directly related to the assigned research area.

Preferred Education: Bachelors or Masters level degree in industrial/organizational psychology, human factors, human sciences, ergonomics or engineering. Should be eligible for membership of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, or other organization affiliated with the International Ergonomics Association.

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Evidence of practice in the application of human factors, industrial psychology or related discipline in an applied setting; prior work experience in an acute health care settings highly desired.
  • Knowledge of human factors techniques, such as task analysis, usability testing, user needs elicitation, direct observation, ethnography, behavioral markers, human reliability assessment.
  • Experience in safety science, quality improvement, teamwork/non-technical skills, accident and incident analysis, medical simulation.
  • Extensive knowledge and skills using PC/Macintosh applications, especially spreadsheets, word processing, presentation software, and statistical analysis packages.
  • Must have excellent oral and interpersonal skills, and be willing to develop written communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently, be self-motivated and able to adapt to evolving needs.
  • Ability to organize and manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Ability to quickly develop and maintain productive relationships with team members.
  • Ability to complete work assignments, accurately, timely, and with minimal supervision.
  • Physical Requirements: Ability to perform job functions in an upright position. (Frequent) Ability to perform job functions in a seated position. (Continuous) Ability to perform job functions while walking/mobile. (Frequent) Ability to climb, using step stool. (Infrequent) Ability to work in temperature extremes (32? F to 100? F) when required due to assignments in cold rooms and/or foreign countries. (Infrequent) Ability to work in confined/cramped spaces. (Continuous) Ability to bend at the waist. (Frequent) Ability to twist at the waist. (Frequent) Ability to fully use both hands/arms. (Continuous) Ability to perform repetitive motions with hands/wrists/elbows and shoulders. (Frequent) Ability to fully use both legs. (Frequent) Ability to reach in all directions, stretch, bend, while moving items/materials from both sitting and standing positions. (Frequent) Ability to maintain good olfactory sensory function/distinction. (Continuous) Ability to lift materials up to 20 lbs., unassisted. (Infrequent) Ability to lift and carry 4 liter waste material bottles a distance of 30 feet, unassisted. (Frequent) Ability to lift and carry 25-30 lbs. jugs of liquid a distance of 100 feet, unassisted. (Infrequent) Ability to lift file boxes, from floor level to counter tops, unassisted. (Frequent) Ability to push/ Ability to lift 40 lbs. centrifuge rotors from floor level to height of 40 inches, then down 20 inches into centrifuge drum, unassisted. (Infrequent) Ability to lift 25 lbs. boxes, from floor level to maximum height of 72 inches, unassisted. (Infrequent) Ability to push/pull file boxes from one location to another at floor level. (Frequent) Ability to maneuver heavy equipment on bench tops, 50 lbs. or greater, unassisted. (Frequent) Ability to perform gross motor functions with frequent fine motor movements. (Continuous) Ability to maintain 20/20 vision, corrected. (Continuous) Ability to match or discriminate between colors, normally. (Continuous) Ability to hear and recognize various alarms emitting from work area systems. (Continuous) Ability to hear and/or understand conversations. (Continuous) Ability to work in a darkroom for processing film, etc. (Continuous) Ability to be qualified physically for respirator use, initially and annually. (Continuous)

    Opening date: 22 Oct 2018 Eastern Daylight Time
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