General Summary of Position
Human Factors Center Description
Located in Washington, D.C., the MedStar Health National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare was founded in 2010 within the MedStar Institute for Innovation (MI2) and moved to its new organizational home in the MedStar Health Research Institute (MHRI) in 2020. Working in close collaboration with MI2, MHRI, and the MedStar Institute for Quality and Safety, the Center is the nation’s largest human factors program embedded within a healthcare delivery system. Through applied research, usability, safety advisement, and education, the MedStar Health National Center for Human Factors is dedicated to the scientific study of how humans think, work, and interact within the healthcare environment. The Center’s research is translated into clinical practice to improve workflow, efficiency, safety, and technology.
Research Fellow Job Summary
As a researcher at the MedStar Health Research Institute (MHRI), this position is a critical part of the successful team of researchers executing current research activities in healthcare delivery. The Research Fellow will support the development and execution of the portfolio of human factors research by developing a research workstream with sustainability that includes close coordination and alignment with current research activities and clinical operations. The Research Fellow will support research studies in human factors engineering (industrial engineering, cognitive psychology, health services research) including: identifying external funding opportunities; contributing to business development and writing proposals; identifying partners and collaborative opportunities; conducting research projects through all stages of research study design, data collection, and management, analysis and report writing; disseminating findings; and mentoring junior scientific staff. They will support the design, implementation, and evaluation of human factors research studies which may include a broad range of approaches including observational studies, quantitative and qualitative data analysis, implementation studies (pilot, RCT, etc.), simulation aimed at improving healthcare systems, clinical performance, and patient outcomes. Research fellows work closely with mid-career and senior investigators through close mentoring relationships, early career investigator training, and practical research experience that allow fellows to gain exposure and experience across multiple projects.