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Job #: R-00024171
Location: McLean, VA
Category: Research Scientist
Schedule (FT/PT): Full Time
Travel Required: Yes, 10% of the time
Shift: Day
Potential for Telework: No
Clearance: None
Referral Eligibility: Eligible
Group: Civil

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Job Description:

Leidos is searching for an individual to lead our Human Factors Team with a desire to improve and shape the future of transportation. The group conducts cutting edge research at USDOT’s Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center in McLean, VA. The ideal candidate is able to simultaneously act as a thought leader guiding research efforts, supervise a diverse group of 8-10 experienced professionals, and execute thorough-scientifically sound research. 

The Federal Highway Administration’s Office of Safety, Research and Development (R&D), Human Factors (HF) Team is the lead organization responsible for human factors activities in the RD&T, Safety, and Operations program areas. To fully meet its research responsibilities and agency’s mission in a timely and effective way, the HF Team requires both technical and administrative support. 

The Human Factors Program Manager will lead an on-site contract support to the FHWA with the administration and execution of its behavioral research programs requiring human factors, experimental design and data analysis, and traffic engineering expertise. Research generally lies within the areas of safety and operations such as: intersections, roadways, pedestrians/bicyclists, visibility, traffic control devices, weather, work zones, and ITS/connected vehicles.

An ideal candidate is able to design, plan, execute and report on research studies. The ideal candidate is also able to properly utilize advanced research tools such as automated field research vehicles, sign testing lab, virtual reality, and driving simulators in order to best suit research needs. Opportunities are available for publishing and presenting leading edge research results. 

Required Education:
An advanced degree (PhD or Masters) in experimental psychology, human factors, or equivalent field is required.

Required Experience: 
Minimum of ten years of research experience. The person shall also have at least five years of experience in managing large multi-disciplinary teams. The Program Manager must also have the ability to serve as a principal investigator and lead research studies.

Demonstrated skill and extensive experience in:
•    Achieving high quality work completed on or ahead of schedule,
•    Managing a multi-disciplinary team of professionals,
•    Supervising subordinate personnel,
•    Analyzing research programs and needs and develop and review complex research programs,
•    Interfacing with Government personnel,
•    Communicating technical information to audience with diverse background,
•    Providing technical and administrative support in developing Government programs and budgets,
•    Providing support in Government certain procurement activities, and
•    Allocating human resources to meet the requirements of this contract.

Required Clearance: 
•    Ability to obtain and maintain a Public Trust clearance.

Desired Experience:
Experience and expertise specific to the surface transportation field including highway safety and operations, visual perception, and automation are a plus. In particular, detailed knowledge of and practical experience in:

(1)    human factors and behavioral research concerning highway safety; 
(2)    human factors and behavioral research concerning highway operations; 
(3)    traffic engineering; 
(4)    Intelligent Transportation Systems/Connected and Automated Vehicles; 
(5)    driving simulator experiments and analysis, and 
(6)    simulation research including virtual reality.

External Referral Bonus:


Potential for Telework:


Clearance Level Required:



Yes, 10% of the time

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Leidos is a Fortune 500® information technology, engineering, and science solutions and services leader working to solve the world's toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, homeland security, civil, and health markets. The company's 33,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $10.19 billion for the fiscal year ended December 28, 2018. For more information, visit

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