Position Description

Human Performance Scientist (#22707)
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The purpose of this position is to support research and development activities for Federal Science and Technology (FS&T) and commercial projects that are focused on safe compliant operations in the nuclear industry. The human factors scientist will study the interaction of humans and systems and apply engineering, ergonomics, psychology and design principles to improve safety, efficiency and overall human performance within nuclear operations. The incumbent will focus on a broad range of topics including but not limited to human behavior in complex environments such as emergency operations, human machine interfaces, ergonomics, industrial psychology and human error.  Examples of project topics include improvements to human machine interfaces and procedures and training, better matching of task demands and human capabilities, and minimizing the frequency of human error. The incumbent will present their research internally at CNL and externally at conferences and to federal stakeholders.



  • Conduct Human Factors research to support Federal Science and Technology initiatives geared towards improving human performance in nuclear operations.

  • Provide human factors technical expertise to internal and external stakeholders on user experience and human performance based on NUREG-0711 and Canadian Human Factors licensing programs.

  • Propose research initiatives that leverage and explore the application of human factors principles to improve processes in the nuclear industry.

  • Develop project plans by allocating human and financial resources effectively.

  • Investigate and develop training aids for nuclear energy workers involved in the operation of small modular reactors.

  • Assess the user interface, or usability characteristics of products.

  • Observe and evaluate simulations, and provide recommendations for improvements to teamwork, decision making and problem solving in emergency operations.

  • Represent CNL at federal stakeholder meetings, and develop strong working relationships with internal research groups and personnel.

  • The human factors scientist will use a systematic approach to optimizing human performance in nuclear operations in terms of safety, productivity and employee competency.

  • They will be involved with the selection, design, analysis and implementation of new programs geared towards improving human behavior and addressing human factors considerations such as lack of situation awareness, information overload, fatigue etc.

  • They will also develop methods and procedures to measure and or validate the effectiveness of implemented process improvements, and demonstrate continuous dedication to projects and initiatives.

  • The programs and projects undertaken by the human factors scientist must serve as cost effective, efficient solutions that can be applied to individuals, small groups, and large organizations.



  • Undergraduate degree in Science or Engineering and an advanced degree in Human Factors, Industrial Psychology or Industrial Engineering from a university of a recognized standing

  • Knowledge of Human Factors and Human Performance/Reliability and their potential influences within an organization.

  • Demonstrated ability to evaluate procedures and programs according to regulations and or requirements.

  • Has experience supervising, coordinating and briefing project team members (e.g. supervising students, researchers from other departments, etc.)

  • Proven verbal and written communication skills and public speaking abilities applicable to educating a variety of audiences (e.g. Sr. Management, the public, fellow researchers, business managers etc.).

  • Demonstrated proficiency in project management (e.g. scheduling, allocation of resources, prioritization of tasks, etc.)

  • Capable of critically reviewing literature and regulations to identify research gaps that inform project proposals and commercial ventures.

  • Strong analytical skills, developed through past completed research studies that can be applied to identifying and measuring factors that influence performance, and providing recommendations for improvements.

  • Experienced in performing peer reviews and providing constructive feedback. Preferred

  • A minimum of 5 years either working or conducting research in a human factors in an industrial setting (e.g. Energy, military, aerospace, health).Professional membership with a human factors, ergonomics or engineering organization is preferred


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