Human Factors Engineer

Nashville, Davidson County
Jul 15, 2014


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 Bachelor's and 4 years of experience or the equivalent.

Job Professional and Managerial

Primary Location TN-Nashville-Medical Arts

Organization Anesthesiology 104300