This position will be within the Human Factors and System Management team, which supports the Habitability and Human Factors Branch at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. This team provides research, analysis, evaluation and usability testing of crew interfaces for work areas and equipment. This position is specifically for the Lighting Lab, composed of the Graphics Research and Analysis Facility (GRAF) and Lighting Environment and Test Facility (LETF). The GRAF uses high performance computer graphics workstations interfacing with commercial off-the-shelf tools, open source application, and in-house designed and developed tools to address human engineering issues for space design and analyses. Facility capabilities include: human modeling, habitability, computer animation, lighting and viewing analyses, operations analyses for activities inside and outside the spacecraft, design concept visualizations, research and development activities. The LETF investigates and evaluates proposed lighting systems for use on space vehicles to enhance the crews' direct and indirect viewing. This effort includes the investigation, measurement, and analysis of artificial lighting systems such as docking lights, portable lights and navigation lights; reflective characteristics of various materials; the effects of solar lighting, transmission characteristics of transparent materials used for visors, displays, and windows; along with camera performance over the operational illumination range.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
REQUIRED: Candidate must have a minimum of a Bachelor's degree with 10 years of related experience in a lighting related field (electrical engineering, industrial design, architecture, human factors or closely-related technical discipline). Demonstrated experience with project management is required.
DESIRED: A lighting background is highly desired. Prior experience with NASA is a plus.
SKILLS AND TRAINING:
REQUIRED: The candidate must have demonstrated leadership capabilities and be very detail-oriented. The qualified applicant must also have excellent oral and written communication skills, including effective communication between external groups as well as report writing. The candidate must be able to handle a variety of work expectations, be a ‘go-getter’ and be able to work independently as well as collaboratively.
DESIRED: Experience with CAD-based software and some programing are highly desired. Candidate should have the ability to effectively interact with customers at all levels.