Human Factors Engineer

KBR, Inc.

Houston, TX


Human Factors Engineer

Position is eligible for some relocation monies.

This position will be within the Human Factors and System Management team, which supports the Habitability and Human Factors Branch at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. This team provides research, analysis, evaluation and usability testing of hardware and software crew interfaces for cockpits, habitats, spacesuits, and equipment. This includes computer displays and controls, workstation systems, and other types of crew interfaces. The group has a unique capability with a staff experienced in the rigors of both cognitive human factors and ergonomic research and evaluations. The candidate will support projects such as Lunar Terrain Vehicle (LTV) and Pressurized Rover. This includes Mars-forward variants, review of the JAXA rover design, and other surface assets that round out the surface mission architecture. Activities consist of providing support to the design reviews of the human-system interfaces, task analysis, and development and execution of human-in-the-loop (HITL) testing in both physical and Virtual Reality (VR) environments. Design and testing will involve both internal elements (e.g., driving stations, sleep stations, waste management system, and external elements (e.g., suitport infrastructure, aft deck design and integration, and general arrangement of power, thermal and communication subsystems). Travel to support offsite evaluations may be needed.

Specific Duties include:
• Provide human systems expertise and support to the design and development of human-system interfaces in an integrated and collaborative fashion, supporting design, development, and preparation of deliverables.
• Conduct cognitive task analysis to develop Master Task List.
• Conduct Human-in-the-Loop (HITL) testing by developing test plans, coordinating with facilities and project personnel, collaborating with subject matter experts, conducting the data collection and analysis, and delivering presentations to NASA customer throughout the design lifecycle.
• Provide human factors consulting services to may include: design, prototyping, surveys/interviews, heuristic evaluation, cognitive walkthroughs, and usability testing of human-system interfaces.
• Support technical reviews


Candidate must have a minimum of a masters degree in human factors, cognitive psychology, human-centered design, or closely-related technical discipline, and 3 years of experience in the field or in a related area. The candidate must have demonstrated skills in task analysis, HITL testing, statistical analysis, and report writing.


The qualified applicant must have excellent oral and written communication skills, and comfort interacting with and influencing stakeholders in all roles and levels of the organization. The ability to work effectively both in small teams and independently is also required. A successful candidate will have excellent interpersonal skills, and the ability to work successfully in a multidisciplinary team as well as flexibility to adapt quickly to changing requirements.

Familiarity with industry standards (e.g., MIL-STD-1472, NASA-STD-3001), and advanced technologies (e.g., eye trackers, physiological measures, mixed reality interfaces) is a plus. The candidate should be able to determine and execute the right evaluation method (quantitative or qualitative) for the question at hand. The candidate should possess the ability to effectively interact with customers at all levels.

KBR is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, veteran status, genetic information, union status and/or beliefs, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.