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Research Fellow in Psychology/Human Factors

Civil, Maritime & Environmental Engineering

Location:  Boldrewood Campus
Salary:   £30,942 to £38,017 Per annum
Full Time Fixed Term for 1 year
Closing Date:  Monday 06 January 2020
Interview Date:   Monday 20 January 2020
Reference:  1154719DA-R2

The Command Team Experimental Testbed (ComTET) is program of work tasked with providing evidence-based recommendations for change to optimise the design and operation of submarine control rooms of the future. The work examines a range of issues from a sociotechnical systems perspective including (but not limited to); optimisation of HMI, automation, teamwork, control room configuration, applied psychophysiology, information flow (human-human-technology). The ComTET team will be conducting a series of experiments using the control room simulator at the University of Southampton.

You will join our team and work in Human Factors with academic and commercial partners, as part of the ComTET program. The Defence Science Technology Laboratory funds this program of work; a requirement of the funding stipulates the successful candidate must be a UK national and must have resided in the UK for the past 5 years. The post will involve assisting with the design and running of human in the loop experiments, analysis of data and contributing to stakeholder reports and publications. 

The overarching aim of the work is to provide evidence recommendations to stakeholders and sponsors regarding maximisation of training whilst examining wider command and control issues including evaluation of new team structures, allocation of system functions, ways of working, communication media, interfaces, job aids and work design. Throughout the project, consideration of Human Factors aspects of new technology solutions will inform decisions and design. 

It is essential you have a PhD* or equivalent professional qualification and experience in Human Factors or related discipline eg Psychology, ergonomics, HMI. 

* Applications for Research Fellow positions will be considered from candidates who are working towards or nearing completion of a relevant PhD qualification.  The title of Research Fellow will be applied upon successful completion of the PhD.  Prior to the qualification being awarded the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given.

This post is Fixed-term for 12 months initially, with the potential for a further two years dependent upon funding.

Informal enquiries welcomed - please contact Dr Aaron Roberts via email on

Application Procedure

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Ita Holmes (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 9002. Please quote reference 1154719DA-R2 on all correspondence.

The closing date for this job opportunity has now passed, and applications are no longer being accepted for this position

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We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community. Please note that applications from agencies will not be accepted unless indicated in the job advert.

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