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Federal Aviation Administration Human Factors Scientist in Washington, District Of Columbia


This group is located in the Safety and Technical Training Service Unit, Safety Directorate, Safety Services Group, Human Performance Team (AJI-1550). This group is responsible for identifying human performance issues in the National Airspace System (NAS) and for ensuring that the mitigations, plans, and efforts put in place are effective. The Human Performance Team supports Lines of Businesses by developing strategies and tactics to optimize the human contribution to NAS safety and efficiency.


Applies experience and comprehensive technical knowledge of scientific principals related to human factors, industrial/organizational psychology, safety and training to update and prioritize risk mitigation strategies that integrate human factors into the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). He/she performs multiple, varying and complex assignments under the minimal direction of the manager. This work is a critical area of human performance and directly affects the safe and efficient operation of the National Airspace System (NAS).Uses experience and comprehensive technical knowledge of human performance related factors, such as training standards, human performance safety investigations, human factors taxonomies, safety culture, research requirements, development, and human performance management to resolve complex problems and to develop improved technical processes, systems or safety mitigations. He/she conducts extensive research and analyses and leads teams in identifying and assessing issues involving safety culture, training performance and human performance in Air Traffic Control and Technical Operations. He/she plays a lead role in drafting, reviewing, and editing reports for final approval prior to external distribution. He/she develops and recommends innovative changes to NAS systems, equipment and procedures.Uses skill and experience applying program/project management principles, to define, organize, and assign resources to accomplish organizational objectives. Allocates resources to accomplish large work activities within established schedules. He/she formulates positions to establish, oversee and develop strategic business plans and tactical work streams for human performance management programs and activities. He/she develops a strategy to facilitate program reviews and to recommend risk mitigation strategies.He/she investigates, collects and analyzes human factors related data to identify and assess existing or potential issues, risks, and solutions involving human factors and human performance in civil aviation operations. He/she examines the role of environmental, social, financial, emotional, and other health and wellbeing factors on human performance. He/she prepares results and conclusions; writes reports and presents findings which may address topics from training, selection, change management, ergonomics, industrial organizational psychology, educational psychology, and applied cognition. He/she delivers training, manages workshops between conflicted parties, and provides outreach and education. Facilitates workshops, teaching and focus groups to lead and contribute to workshops and programs.Represents FAA as a senior technical point of contact for human factors and performance. Communicates results to all levels internally within AJI and externally with other FAA lines of business, other governmental agencies and private industry. He/she presents briefings to obtain consensus/approval on policies. Coordinates significant technical matters with representatives of external organizations. He/she supports the development of Human Performance Standards of Excellence for the Civil Air Navigation Services Organization.


Conditions of Employment

We are not accepting applications from noncitizens.


IN ADDITION TO THE EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS, applicants must demonstrate at least one year (52 weeks) of SPECIALIZED experience equivalent to the next lower grade/pay band (FV-I or FG/GS-13) in the Federal government. Specialized experience is defined as that which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities required to successfully perform the duties of the position, and is typically in or directly related to the line of work of the position to be filled.SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE is defined as:Experience with scientific work related to human factors, safety culture, training and workplace design to develop improved technical processes or systems.Experience examining the human performance impact of new systems and procedural and training changes on the physical behavioral, cognitive, and social characteristic of staff.You should include relevant examples of the specialized experience in your work history. Errors or omissions may impact your rating or may result in you not being considered.Answer all questions to the best of your ability. DO NOT ASSUME THAT BECAUSE YOU HOLD, OR HAVE HELD THIS POSITION, YOU WILL AUTOMATICALLY BE FOUND ELIGIBLE. You may be asked to provide evidence or documentation that you have this type of experience later in the selection process. Your responses are subject to verification through job interviews, or any other information obtained during the application process. Any exaggeration of your experience or any attempt to conceal information can result in disqualification.Applicants who fail to demonstrate possession of any of the above criteria AND who do not provide the required documentation will receive no further consideration for this position.Eligible applicants meeting the minimum qualification requirements and/or Selective Placement Factor(s) (SPF) may be further evaluated on the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA) and/or Quality Ranking Factor (QRF) listed in the announcement. Based on this evaluation, applicants will be placed in one of the following categories: (1) score order; (2) category grouping; priority grouping; or (3) alphabetical, and referred to the selecting official for selection consideration.Applicants may be asked to verify information on your application for employment with the FAA.All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.


This position has a positive education requirement: Applicants must submit a copy of their college or university transcripts(s) and certificates by the closing date of announcement to verify qualifications. If selected, an official transcript will be required prior to appointment. You may upload these documents with your application in USAJOBS or fax it to fax number provided in the announcement (please include announcement number on each page).Failure to do so will result in loss of consideration.Schools must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Accreditation may be verified at the following website: education must be evaluated by a private professional organization specializing in interpretation of foreign education credentials or an accredited U.S. educational institution in terms of equivalence to a degree acquired at an American college or university. A copy of the evaluation results must be included, otherwise your foreign education will not be considered.Foreign Education: For additional information, visit: REQUIREMENTS: Degree: Behavioral or Social Science (or related disciplines appropriate to the position); or a combination of education and experience that provided the applicant with knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field; or four years of appropriate experience that demonstrated that the applicant has acquired knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field.*Applicants who are not currently in the 101 occupational series in the Federal Government and fail to provide a copy of an unofficial or official transcript will not receive consideration for this vacancy. If you do not have an official transcript (original, with the raised seal), you should contact your school immediately to request it.

Additional Information

We may use this vacancy to fill other similar vacant positions.Position may be subject to a background investigation.A one-year probationary period may be required.The person selected for this position may be required to file a financial disclosure statement within 30 days of entry on duty. FAA policy limits certain outside employment and financial investments in aviation-related companies.NOTES:1) As a part of the Federal-Wide Hiring Reform Initiative (streamlining the hiring process), the FAA is committed to eliminating the use of Knowledge, Skills and Ability (KSA) narratives from the initial application in the hiring process for all announcements. Therefore, as an applicant, you are NOT required to provide a narrative response in the text box listed below each KSA.In lieu of providing a KSA narrative response in the text box listed below each KSA section, in your work history, please include information that provides specific examples of how you meet the response level or answer you chose for each KSA. Your work history examples should be specific and clearly reflect the highest level of ability. Your KSA answers will be evaluated further to validate whether the level that you selected is appropriate based on the work history and experience you provided. Your answers may be adjusted by a human resource specialist as appropriate.2) This position is covered by the FAA Core Compensation plan. Additional information about core compensation is available on the following website: Eligible applicants meeting the minimum qualification requirements and/or selective placement factor(s) (SPF) may be further evaluated on the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA) and/or Quality Ranking Factor (QRF) listed in the announcement. Based on this evaluation, applicants will be placed in one of the following categories: (1) score order; (2) category grouping; or (3) alphabetical, and referred to the selecting official for selection consideration.4) Some, all, or none of the applicants may be interviewed.5) This Level 1 (Low Risk) position requires favorable adjudication of a National Agency Check and Inquiries (NACI) background investigation prior to appointment.This is not a bargaining unit position.Links to Important Information: Locality Pay , COLA