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The MedStar Institute for Innovation, MedStar Simulation Training & Education Lab (SiTEL) and The National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare are currently hiring for several positions.

Position Opening: Human Factors Specialist

Job Summary

The National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare is seeking to hire a highly organized, self-motivated, and energetic Human Factors Specialist to support the execution of grants and contracts. The Human Factors Specialist will lead, develop, and execute research projects. This position will also support the development and facilitation of workshops and education initiatives related to human factors and health information technology. Responsibilities include but are not limited to ensuring program compliance with government regulations and Institutional Review Board requirements, preparing deliverable reports and journal publications, interpreting and presenting data to a variety of audiences, and interfacing with multiple levels of the organization and external entities.  The ideal candidate should share our center’s vision and passion for innovation, research, and improving patient safety in healthcare. 

Education:  Master’s degree in an engineering, psychology, or social science related field preferred and/or a BA/BS in engineering, psychology, or social science related field with 3+ years of experience.

Experience: The candidate should have experience writing journal manuscripts and conducting large-scale research projects. Experience in healthcare is not required.  

Technical Skills: Highly organized, strong communication and writing skills, and ability to manage multiple projects in various phases.

Please send your application to [email protected]

Position Opening: Research Assistant

Job Summary: The National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare is seeking an energetic, detail-oriented, highly organized individual to join our team as a Research Assistant. Expected responsibilities include literature reviews, data entry, quantitative and qualitative data analysis and data management.  The Research Assistant position will also support senior research scientists and should be comfortable working in a fast-paced team environment.


EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree in a health/clinical, psychology or engineering related field.

EXPERIENCE: Previous or undergraduate work in a health/clinical, psychology, or engineering related field.

LICENSE/CERT/REG: No special certification, registration, or licensure is required.

SKILLS: Strong organizational and time management skills with the ability to manage multiple duties with close attention to detail. Strong written and verbal communication skills also required.

Reporting relationship:

Reports to: Program Manager, National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare

Please send your application to [email protected]

Position Opening: Data Scientist and Informaticist

Job Summary: The National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare is seeking to hire a full-time data scientist and informaticist with a strong background in programming, data extraction, natural language processing and general machine learning. This candidate should have experience with several of the following programming languages: R, Python, C++, SQL, Java, and HTML. The ideal candidate should share our center’s vision and passion for innovation, research, and improving patient safety and healthcare. Expected responsibilities will include querying data sources, data analytics and visualization, development and rapid prototyping of web and EHR based applications, general machine learning and algorithm development.


EDUCATION:  Master’s degree in a computer science or engineering related field preferred, 5+ years’ experience and a BA/BS in computer science or engineering related field.  

EXPERIENCE: 5+ years’ experience with data analysis using SQL, computer programming or a related field with graduate level machine learning courses.

TECHNICAL SKILLS:  Strong programming and analytical competencies; Experience with SQL, Python, HTML5, Javascript, C++, R, Java, and statistical computing, data visualization, rapid prototyping, proof of concept, and informatics.

Please send your application to [email protected]

Senior Simulation Specialist (SiTEL)

MedStar SiTEL is looking for a Senior Simulation Specialist to manage daily operations in one of its busy Clinical Simulation Centers in the Washington, DC area. The position will serve as the simulation subject matter expert to faculty and simulation specialist. The Senior Simulation Specialist will maintain oversight of clinical programs including nursing residency, graduate medical education, and system-wide simulations focused on improving patient safety and quality of care.  The ideal candidate will have previous simulation experience in healthcare, clinical experience (RN, LPN, Paramedic, EMT), and technical expertise.

Major roles and responsibilities include:

  • Works with clinical education services team members to create and deliver simulation training, and measure outcomes based on best practices
  • Provides expert level technical and operational oversight for the Clinical Simulation Center
  • Oversees the orientation process for new simulation specialist and faculty
  • Makes recommendations and assists in the preparation and monitoring of budgets
  • Maintains accountability for over $1M in simulation equipment, oversee inventory, compiles usage reports , and sets par levels dependent on center usage
  • Assist in the supervision of simulation specialist, and provides mentorship to junior simulation specialist.
  • Provides feedback to the Operations Manager on the performance of simulation specialist and is directly involved performance management

View more details & apply here.

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. More information about the center is available here.

About MedStar Simulation Training & Education Lab (SiTEL)

MedStar SiTEL is the education and training technology group of MedStar Health. MedStar SiTEL is made up of talented individuals working in several primary areas, including clinical simulation and education, digital media services (virtual simulation and video production), instructional design and learning technologies. MedStar SiTEL maintains its custom developed learning management system (which serves all of MedStar Health as well as outside clients), and operates two simulation centers in Washington D.C. and Baltimore. More information is available here.

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 .

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