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Cognitive Systems Engineer at Charles River Analytics Job ID: 

Employment Type:

Full Time

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Company: Charles River Analytics

  Human Computer Interaction (HCI)

Location: US-MA-Cambridge

  Interface Design

Posted on: May 02, 2017

  Military/ Defense Research

Experience Required: At least 5 years

Education Required: Bachelor's Degree

Travel Required: Unspecified

Approx. Annual Salary: Unspecified     

Job Description 

Charles River is a 100% employee-owned company, encouraging employee participation, innovation, and responsibility, and we are proud to have been recently selected as one of the Boston Business Journal’s 2017 Best Places to Work in Boston!

We are seeking a Human Systems Interface (HSI) design engineer with applied Cognitive Systems Engineering expertise to lead and support research and design efforts on a variety of platforms and applications.

You will work with small teams of research scientists and software engineers to develop interactive prototypes as part of a user-centered design process. You will employ principled and creative approaches to move from research concepts to design prototypes, and ultimately oversee development into functional software systems. The systems engineering process you will contribute to includes knowledge elicitation, requirements analysis, and prototyping new user interactions through dynamic mock-ups that ensure exceptional design execution.

You will work with our scientists and software engineers to determine requirements, design creative approaches, and assist in implementing these designs in elegant decision support systems. You will support evaluation and application of research ideas throughout the systems engineering process and create documentation of your results for technical and scientific presentation.

Major Responsibilities/Activities:

Study/model/understand diverse customer needs in complex systems
Coordinate day-to-day responsibilities to other designers and software engineers to implement solutions
Conduct technical discussions with customers with support from other scientists
Write and contribute to proposals, reports, and papers
Present work at briefings and conferences


U.S. Citizenship
Strong aesthetic design sense and functional reasoning skills with superior attention to detail
Strong portfolio of interface design and writing that shows high quality of work
Strong verbal and written skills to support proposal writing, interaction with customers, and presentations at technical conferences
Interest in and ability to apply leading design trends and data science techniques to support

Nice to Have:

Master’s degree in Cognitive Systems Engineering, Human Factors, Interaction Design, or Cognitive Science (or a related field) or a strong track record conducting research and development in these areas
Data Science skills and experience implementing data-driven design prototypes
5+ years of hands-on experience creating systems engineering and user-experiences
Military Service or DoD work experience
Technical or peer-reviewed publications in any of the above fields
Domain experience addressing intelligence analysis or tactical aviation


Charles River Analytics offers competitive compensation plus bonus and profit-sharing, with an attractive benefits package including: up to 92% employer-paid medical and 100% employer-paid dental, vision, life and disability insurance, paid maternity/paternity leave, tuition reimbursement, monthly gym allowance, free parking, generous paid time off, and a casual environment. We are also accessible by public transportation.

Charles River Analytics is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religious creed, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, military service, veteran status, age, ancestry, genetic information, gender identity and expression or disability.

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