Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Patient Safety, Human Factors

Maryland, United States
Salary Not Specified
Mar 23, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

The Armstrong Institute Center for Health Care Human Factors ( ) in the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine is recruiting a postdoctoral research fellow with expertise in human factors engineering, cognitive systems engineering, human computer interaction, human factors psychology, or a related field. Experience in health care related work is highly desired, though not required. Experience or interest in both qualitative and quantitative analysis methods is also desired.

The fellow will primarily be working with Dr. Anping Xie on a CDC-funded research project in the areas of prescription opioid use and perioperative pain management. The fellow will also have the opportunity to collaborate with other interdisciplinary research members of the Armstrong Institute.


  • Conduct literature review and summarize findings
  • Assist in the preparation of study protocols and materials (e.g., IRB)
  • Manage and perform data collection and analysis (e.g., observations, interviews, surveys)
  • Author/co-author research manuscripts
  • Help with grant proposal writing
  • PhD degree or equivalent
  • Formal training and experience in human factors, systems engineering, macroergonomics, sociotechnical systems design, or a related field
  • Good understanding of both qualitative and quantitative research methodologies
  • Strong interest in conducting field research in health care environments
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively as part of a research team
  • Ability to balance and prioritize tasks, and delivers timely outcomes
  • Excellent problem solving, writing and communication skills

Nice to Have:

  • Knowledge/experience in ecological interface design and related design philosophies
  • Experience with prototyping methods and prototyping software (Adobe Creative Suite, PowerPoint, Balsamiq etc.)
  • Knowledge/experience with software/coding languages appropriate for the development of interfaces/ health IT
  • Experience with conducting usability evaluations (formative and summative)
  • Experience in research processes and qualitative methodologies for data collection & analysis, with corresponding software experience (e.g. semi-structured interviews, and thematic analysis with NVivo)
  • Familiarity with quantitative analysis methods and corresponding software experience (e.g., statistical analysis with SPSS)
  • Familiarity with the healthcare domain and experience conducting research in healthcare.
  • Experience in IRB protocol preparation
  • This position has an immediate starting date. Applicants are encouraged to apply for the position as soon as possible. The position is offered for a one-year term, subject to renewal based on performance.

Materials to submit via Interfolio:

  • Curriculum Vitae/Resume
  • Names and contact information for three references

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