Engineering Psychologist

10/08/2020 2:56 PM | Anonymous

U.S. Federal Railroad Administration, DOT

Location: Washington D.C.

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You will be responsible for providing technical, analytical, and scientific support to agency policy makers and other management decision makers. You will develop and lead research programs to reduce accidents, injuries, and deaths related to human error in railroad operations and railroad systems designs. You will identify, develop, and recommend programs to evaluate the utilization, impact, and effectiveness of human factors related to safety initiatives.


As the Engineering Psychologist, you will be responsible for:

  • Applying professional judgment and evaluation skills to initiate, develop, and coordinate human factors research, development, demonstration, test, and evaluation projects and programs to address the development of advanced concepts for railroad equipment, vehicle operating practices, and systems designs.
  • Conducting research and development investigations covering theoretical design of analysis methods and procedures for evaluating human factors issues and operating practices for conventional and high speed train operations.
  • Applying and/or adapting the principles of several disciplines, such as psychology, industrial psychology, ergonomics, physiology and engineering and the principles of automatic data processing, statistical analysis and technology transfer, and making recommendations to formulate appropriate projects to address railroad problems.
  • Participating and/or conducting technical discussions within the Department, and with other Government agencies, universities, foreign government agencies, and the railroad industry, as required.
  • Serving as a member on intra-agency and inter-agency panels, and on Government panels or boards, furnishing advice and representation in your specialized field.

This position would be perfect for a mission-focused self-starter who wants to be a key innovator during a period of significant safety change in transportation.

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