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Charles River Analytics Senior Scientist, Human-Centered Intelligent Systems (HCI/HMI) in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Senior Scientist, Human-Centered Intelligent Systems (HCI/HMI) at Charles River Analytics (View all jobs) (

Cambridge, Ma

At Charles River Analytics, we take great pride in our success at attracting and retaining the most talented and creative problem-solvers in the field. We are a 100% employee-owned company, encouraging participation, innovation, and responsibility from our entire staff. Join our team at one of Boston's Best Places to Work ( !

Charles River Analytics has an exciting opportunity for a passionate Scientist with experience in Human-Systems Integration, Human Factors, or Human-Computer Interaction to develop new tools and interfaces that help users partner with technology in challenging work environments.

In this role, you will lead small teams of scientists, designers, and engineers to research and understand work domains and user-support requirements, develop new interface concepts, and demonstrate and evaluate interactive prototypes. You will direct the execution, reporting, and presentation of technical work, building and maintaining strong relationships with customers, sponsors, and partners. You will also provide Human Systems subject matter expertise, and will collaborate with staff across disciplines to conceive and pursue research opportunities in new and exciting technical areas and domains.

We are always interested in hearing from accomplished candidates who share a strong interest in our research and commercial endeavors. Contact us about future opportunities ( if you'd like us to keep you in mind as our organization grows.

How you will make a difference:

  • Help develop and execute a research agenda in areas of Human-Systems Integration and Human-Autonomy Teaming

  • Study, model, and understand diverse customer needs in complex systems

  • Develop work-support solutions that build on principles of human perception, cognition, and decision-making

  • Coordinate and oversee the work of other researchers, designers, and software engineers to implement and evaluate solution concepts as part of a user-centered design process

  • Lead technical discussions with customers with support from other scientists

  • Lead and contribute to proposals, reports, and papers

  • Present work at briefings and conferences

    Areas to be Explored

  • Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, and Multimodal Interfaces

  • Human-Autonomy Teaming

  • Human-Robot Interaction

  • Adaptive and Intelligent Training

  • Decision-Support Systems

What do you need?

  • PhD or Masters degree in Human Factors, Cognitive Systems Engineering, Interaction Design, or Cognitive Science (or a related field)

  • Proven record of capturing and leading research and development contracts or grants as a Principal Investigator, Technical Lead, or Chief Engineer, or Program Manager

  • Strong written and verbal skills and prior experience in proposal writing, customer interaction, and presentation at technical conferences

  • U.S. Citizenship

What does our Ideal Candidate have?

  • 5+ years of hands-on experience analyzing work environments and conceiving, demonstrating, and evaluating user interfaces

  • Domain experience in areas related to autonomous systems, intelligence analysis, or tactical aviation

  • Experience working with DARPA, AFRL, ONR, ARL and/or IARPA or any other related government organizations

  • Military Service or DoD work experience

  • Technical or peer-reviewed publications in any of the above fields

  • Strong design aesthetic and functional reasoning skills with superior attention to detail

  • Knowledge and experience with state-of-the art machine learning algorithms and autonomy systems

Why CRA?

Charles River Analytics offers competitive compensation plus bonus and profit-sharing, with an attractive benefits package including: 100% employer-paid medical and dental insurance, as well as vision, life and disability insurance, paid maternity/paternity leave, tuition reimbursement, monthly gym allowance, free parking, generous paid time off, and a casual environment. We are also accessible by public transportation.