Human Factor Postdoctoral Research Associate

Idaho National Laboratory Idaho Falls, ID
Job Information

Job Title: Human Factors Postdoctoral Research Associate

Org: Human Factors, Controls & Statistics


Work Location: Idaho Falls, ID (Town)

Mission/Vision Statement

Empowering the Nation's Energy Future

Mission: Discover, demonstrate and secure innovative nuclear energy solutions, other clean energy options and critical infrastructure.

Vision: INL will change the world's energy future and secure our critical infrastructure.


Idaho National Laboratory (INL) is seeking a Human Factors Psychologist or related field Postdoctoral Research Associate for the Human Factors, Controls, and Statistics Department to perform research and applied studies in human factors and cognitive psychology. The research will focus on the design and evaluation of control room technologies in nuclear power plant control rooms and other safety-critical systems such as electric grid and cyber security.

The position requires effective research skills, the ability to collaborate and partner with other government agencies, academia, and private sector companies to achieve project objectives; the ability to work with a multi-disciplinary team of scientists and engineers on challenging work scope, communicate effectively both verbally and in writing with management, co-workers, and with customers; publish results of research and development in a mix of refereed publications and conferences; work effectively with other research teams to develop and manage cross-cutting technical programs for a variety of customers.


* PhD requirements must be completed by commencement of appointment and within the previous 5 years

* PhD in human factors, cognitive psychology, experimental psychology, or related disciplines

* Demonstrated oral and published written communication skills


* Demonstrated experience in conducting human factors research; expertise in human factors engineering, usability evaluations, and/or reliability studies in safety-critical industries; demonstrated ability to produce high quality publications and/or technical reports;

* Understanding of fundamentals of human factors research, experimental design, and data analysis; excellent written and verbal communication skills;

* Excellent quantitative and analytical skills;

* Ability to work effectively in a multi-disciplinary team;

* Experience in delivering high quality products on schedule;

* Experience in user interface design and prototyping;

* Familiarity with nuclear power plant operations process control, electric grid operations, and/or cyber security are a plus.

Selective Service Requirements

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Employee Job Functions

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Typing/keyboard; Working > 8 hrs./day; Working alone.

Please Apply Before:

07/15/2018 (11:59 p.m., MST).

Environmental, Safety and Health Statement

Must be familiar with, and comply with all relevant health and safety requirements. Must be knowledgeable of emergency action policies and procedures, methods for reporting/resolving work practices or conditions to available cognizant professionals.

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INL Overview

INL is a science-based, applied engineering national laboratory dedicated to supporting the U.S. Department of Energy's mission in nuclear energy research, science, and national defense. With more than 4,300 scientists, researchers and support staff, the laboratory works with national and international governments, universities and industry partners to discover new science and develop technologies that underpin the nation's nuclear and renewable energy, national security and environmental missions.

The Idaho Falls Area

Idaho Falls is conveniently situated near many national treasures such as Yellowstone National Park, Teton National Park, Jackson, WY, etc. For more information about the area, please visit and

Equal Employment Opportunity

Idaho National Laboratory (INL) is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. It is the policy of INL to provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.