Basic Commerce and Industries, Inc. (BCI) has openings for multiple full-time human factors engineering (HFE) positions, with an emphasis in human-computer interface (HCI) design, in late 2019 or early 2020. The position(s) are in support of a command and control software development project based in Dahlgren, VA and will be part of an overall user interface development team working within a multi-year Agile software development process.
Expected duties include: Collaborate as part of a combined government-contractor user interface development team, working with software development teams to ensure that the users’ information, decision, and communication requirements are satisfied. Expected activities include identification of user needs and requirements through site visits and interviews, development of wireframes for new functions and capabilities, maintaining and promoting a project-specific style guide, support for the development and refinement of user stories based on user interviews, and expert review of user interface designs as part of code review activities.
Specific experience or equivalent training in user-centered human-computer interface (HCI) design processes is required. A graduate degree in human factors engineering or a related field (e.g., industrial engineering or experimental psychology) and/or at least ten years of professional experience is required. Highly qualified entry-level/recent graduate candidates will be considered. Candidates should have strong communication skills, be capable of taking the initiative in identifying and solving problems, and be able to work effectively in multi-disciplinary teams. Experience in the following specific areas is highly desired, along with familiarity with Agile software development processes:
Identification and documentation of user needs through user interviews and other feedback mechanisms;
Contribution of user interface design input for software development;
Application of standards and style guides to user interface design;
Development of preliminary user interface prototypes and review of user interface designs.
Travel: Periodic visits to operational sites to conduct user observations and interviews will be required, which is expected to require a travel rate between 10% and 20%.
Applicants must be US citizens. A current DoD security clearance is strongly desired. Applicants will be subjected to a security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for a Top Secret security clearance.
The BCI-Dahlgren team primarily supports the U.S. Navy by helping to define and engineer future ship and combat systems. From an initial two-man office started in 1995, the Dahlgren Division has grown to over a dozen human factors engineers and a total workforce of about 100 people providing high-end engineering and analysis, human engineering and human systems integration (HSI), training, systems, and interoperability support to various Navy organizations.