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Research Assistant/Research Analyst (Experienced, Full Time)

The National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare has a position open for a full time research assistant/analyst: research experience and background or knowledge in human factors, safety engineering, or related field are desirable but not required. The Center's mission is to apply human factors engineering principles and methods to healthcare with a focus on improving safety, efficiency, and reliability in the healthcare/medical field.

The Research Assistant/Analyst will work closely with Center faculty members and will be responsible for:

  • Recruiting study participants and supporting execution of studies
  • Collecting research data and supporting data analysis
  • Assisting with report writing and dissemination
  • Maintaining and updating databases
  • Performing literature reviews
  • Assisting with grant preparation
  • Performing other research support activity such as transcription of audio recordings or coding of data
  • Supporting the creation and submission of institutional review board documents

Research scope includes a wide range of human factors methods, including observation in clinical environments, eye tracking studies, data coding, and usability evaluation. We seek individuals who are self-motivated and able to work with minimal supervision, yet enjoy working as part of a close team. If you are interested in working with a team of researchers at the forefront of medical human factors, please email us at [email protected]. More information about the center is available at www.MedicalHumanFactors.net.

Minimum Qualifications

Education: Bachelor’s degree or a recently completed Masters in Human Factors Engineering, Applied Psychology, Biomedical Engineering or a related field.

Experience: Approximately one to two years of experience in human factors research is preferred. Healthcare experience preferred. Must have familiarity (or be able to quickly gain familiarity) with medical terminology and expertise in Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and internet research skills.


Description of the Environment

About the National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare

Located in Washington, DC, the National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare brings together human factors engineers, psychologists, industrial systems engineers, health services researchers, and clinicians to conduct basic safety science and applied research to improve healthcare safety, efficiency, and reliability. A part of the MedStar Institute for Innovation (MI2) and the MedStar Health Research Institute (MHRI), the Center’s home and “research lab” is MedStar Health, academically affiliated with Georgetown University School of Medicine, and includes 10 hospitals and more than 20 health-related companies in more than 120 locations. As an academic and applied research center, the Center’s existence within MedStar Health provides unusual access to frontline, end-user subject groups in both simulated and actual healthcare operational environments. Topic areas are broad, ranging from usability to cognitive systems engineering, teamwork and communication, human-computer interaction, system safety engineering, and sociotechnical systems approaches. The center is supported by consulting contracts, research grants, and by MedStar Health’s commitment to safety. For more information, see www.MedicalHumanFactors.net.

About SiTEL

The Simulation Training & Education Lab (MedStar SiTEL) is the education and training technology group of MedStar Health. MedStar SiTEL is made up of 85 talented individuals working in five primary areas, including clinical simulation, digital media services (virtual simulation and video production), instructional design, software development, and clinical education. MedStar SiTEL maintains its custom developed learning management system (which serves all of MedStar Health as well as outside clients), and operates 5 simulation facilities, including 6500 SF newly renovated center in Washington DC, and a 5500 SF center in Baltimore, MD. More information is available at www.SiTEL.org.

About the MedStar Institute for Innovation

MedStar SiTEL and the National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare are both part of the MedStar Institute for Innovation (MI2), whose mission is to catalyze and create innovation that advances health. The mantra of MI2 is “Think Differently.” The founding premise is that the pursuit of the remarkable will always be trumped by the tyranny of the daily, unless there exists a countervailing energy for seeing and doing further. The MedStar Institute for Innovation focuses on learning, simulation training, information infrastructure, human factors engineering, the built environment, technology commercialization and inventor services, and processes and systems of care delivery.

MedStar Health Research Institute (MHRI)

MedStar Health Research Institute (MHRI) provides a robust research support infrastructure to MedStar Health, including a centralized IRB (covering all hospitals), grants management, biostatisticians, proposal support, and other research support services. MHRI is in the top 20% in total funding received from the National Institutes of Health of all U.S. institutions, with over $35M in sponsored research per year. MedStar Health is part of the NIH-sponsored Georgetown-Howard Universities Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CTSA) research collaborative. Learn more at www.MedStarResearch.org .

About MedStar Health

MedStar Health is the largest integrated health system in the mid-Atlantic region with 10 hospitals and 250 non-acute care facilities in the DC and Maryland region. MedStar Health represents a microcosm of the American healthcare system, representing the broadest possible spectrum of hospitals and patient populations. MedStar has one of the largest graduate medical education programs in the country training over 1,100 medical residents annually. The ten hospitals include large tertiary care/academic medical center hospitals, small community hospitals, and a university hospital (MedStar Georgetown University Hospital); inner city, suburban, and rural hospitals; teaching hospitals and hospitals staffed only by private attending physicians; and large, medium, and small-sized hospitals. MedStar Health has 30,000 associates, 3,500 licensed beds, 6,000 affiliated physicians, 175,000 annual inpatient admissions, and 1.6 million annual outpatient visits. MedStar Health’s six teaching hospitals have a total of 1100 resident physicians, one of the ten largest graduate medical education organizations in the US. Visit www.MedStarHealth.org.