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Research Associate for Human Factors and Human-Machine Interaction in Design and Manufacturing

Date: Nov 17, 2022

Location: Knoxville, TN, US, 37932

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 9528 



We are seeking a research associate who will focus on human factors and human-machine interaction in design and manufacturing processes. You will be expected to execute research and develop projects with responsibilities including, but not limited to: operating hybrid manufacturing systems and computer-aided manufacturing software, developing Institutional Review Board approved human-subjects research. As part of our research team, you will quantify the current complexity of hybrid manufacturing and use that information to influence the next generation of machine operators, interface design, machine learning, and design for hybrid manufacturing. You are expected to collaborate across teams focused on research in additional manufacturing areas. This position resides in the Manufacturing Systems Design Group in the Manufacuring Sciences Division of the Energy Science and Technology Directorate at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).


Major Duties/Responsibilities

· Conduct research into quantifying human-machine interactions for complex manufacturing processes

· Assess the impact of human factors in hybrid manufacturing processes

· Use that information to quantify and develop repositories of designer/operator knowledge

· Advance efforts towards process efficiency and minimizing loss of design intent from designer to operator.


Basic Qualifications

· A Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering or related discipline

· Experience studying decision-making in complex processes

· Experience in research design for human-subjects studies


Preferred Qualifications

· Excellent written and oral communication skills

· Motivated self-starter with the ability to work independently and to participate creatively in collaborative teams across the laboratory

· Ability to function well in a fast-paced research environment, set priorities to accomplish multiple tasks within deadlines, and adapt to ever changing needs



This position will remain open for a minimum of 5 days after which it will close when a qualified candidate is identified and/or hired.

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ORNL is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants, including individuals with disabilities and protected veterans, are encouraged to apply.  UT-Battelle is an E-Verify employer.

Nearest Major Market: Knoxville