SpaceX was founded under the belief that a future where humanity is out exploring the stars is fundamentally more exciting than one where we are not. Today SpaceX is actively developing the technologies to make this possible, with the ultimate goal of enabling human life on Mars.
Are you passionate about human spaceflight?
Can you approach design problems from a human-centered perspective? If you are a collaborative engineer excited to contribute to the future of human spaceflight, the Human Factors Engineer role could be the challenge you’ve been looking for.
The SpaceX Human Factors Team is defining the future of human experience in space for all SpaceX missions: Crew and Cargo Dragon missions, private astronaut flights, and lunar and interplanetary exploration on Starship. As a member of the Human Factors Team, you will be the engineer responsible for defining crew interfaces and the human spaceflight experience. You will work closely with the operations and design teams to develop 21st century products that ensure space suits, user interfaces and crew provisions meet human design standards. You will be responsible for all facets of human interface development: defining human-centered design criteria, conducting task and worksite analyses, executing human-in-the-loop development tests, and verifying human design standards.
The Human Factors team is looking for an innovative engineer who is passionate about human spaceflight and human-centered design, and is experienced in ergonomics, worksite analysis, task analysis, and human-in-the-loop tests. Your contributions will help SpaceX successfully design and execute the next generation of spacecrafts, and ultimately achieve our goal of making life interplanetary.
- Define flight crew requirements and implement them in the design
- Develop and evaluate human interfaces through workspace layout and analysis, ergonomics analysis, usability and workload evaluations
- Analyze and apply test results to drive human interface design
- Own human performance and interface usability trades with cost, schedule, and risk to inform and optimize vehicle design
- Responsible for human in the loop testing to ensure design is usable for intended mission applications
- Bachelor’s degree in an engineering or science discipline
- 2+ years of industry experience in human factors engineering, engineering test, systems engineering, or flight operations
- Experience developing and evaluating human interfaces (e.g. workspace analysis, human modeling, ergonomics analysis, flight controls layout, human-computer interaction)
- Master’s degree or PhD in an engineering or science discipline
- Experience negotiating complex trade studies to optimize for usability, cost, schedule, safety, and performance
- Experience in a customer-facing role responsible for design requirements, test acceptance, and verification
- Previous experience working with NASA
- Experience creating and analyzing human interfaces using digital human models (Catia HumanBuilder, RAMSIS, etc.)
- Experience with CAD software (e.g. Nx, SolidWorks, CATIA, etc.)
- Technical knowledge of spacecraft systems and operations
- Technical knowledge of space physiology, astronaut psychology, and astronaut performance
- Real-time operations experience on a complex system that has high consequences in the event of failure (such as pilot, flight test engineer, spacecraft operator, high performance automotive, technical diving, etc.)
- Experience in a programming language commonly used for data manipulation and computational statistics (e.g. Python, R, Matlab, C++, Java, or Go)
- Understanding of descriptive and basic inferential statistics
- Strong technical writing skills
- Flexibility required including long hours and weekend work when necessary to support operations and critical project timelines
- Position is subject to pre-employment drug and random drug and alcohol testing
- To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) you must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State. Learn more about the ITAR here.
SpaceX is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with SpaceX is governed on the basis of merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status.
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