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Members of our Division are passionate, bright, curious, and driven by a common goal as scientists, researchers and developers to support the NASA mission. If you are interested in working at the Human Systems Integration Division, please take some time to learn more about the Human Systems Integration Division, the types of work we do and the types of people that we work with.

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Human Systems Integration is a broad domain, covering a wide spectrum of disciplines and specializations. The focus of this research at NASA is on understanding and enhancing human interaction with complex aerospace systems, with the underlying goal of improving safety and efficiency for human operators. The nature of these interactions between humans and technology is complex and is constantly changing as new technologies, interfaces and machines continue to evolve over time. As such, the study of these relationships requires a diverse range of skills and knowledge. 

Originally established in 1984 as the Aerospace Human Factors Research Division, NASA's Human Systems Integration Division is a world-class research organization, consisting of a dozen labs and 180 civil servants, contractors and interns. The Division is located in an expansive two-story research facility at NASA Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley, California.

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Employees come to the division with a background in experimental psychology, human factors, human-computer interaction and/or aerospace operations. Many of the civil servants and many of the contractors working in the division hold a Masters or Ph.D. in related fields. The Division also hosts a significant number of post-doctoral fellows, graduate and undergraduate interns from related fields, as well as some summer high-school interns

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The work in the Division is broken down into three "branches"; Human-Machine Interaction, Human Performance and Integration and Training.

Human-Machine Interaction

The Human-Machine Interaction Group contributes to the development of measurably better NASA software through careful application of human-computer interaction (HCI) methods. The group follows an iterative process that consists of user research, interaction design, software development, and usability evaluations. This approach enables deployment and integration of mission software with the right functionality and user interfaces for scientists and engineers on some of NASA’s largest programs.

Human Performance

The Human Performance Group performs research and technology development to enhance health, productivity, and safety in aerospace environments. The group develops advanced interfaces, human performance models, performance monitoring tools, and countermeasures that mitigate performance deficits. The group includes labs that focus on advanced multi-modal interfaces, auditory displays, performance modeling, psychophysiology, telerobotics, vibration impacts, gaze tracking, virtual environments, vision science, and visuomotor control.

Integration and Training

The Integration and Training Group is committed to improving the efficiency and safety of the Air Transportation System, with emphasis on mid-term and long-term requirements. This group develops and evaluates methods drawn from human factors and related disciplines for the integration of humans as intrinsic to the air transportation system as a whole. The group includes full-mission laboratories associated with air traffic management, flight deck procedures, ground procedures, and surface operations. It also includes labs dedicated to the complex systems design, fatigue countermeasures, personnel training, human-automation teaming, and unmanned aerial systems.

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NASA is consistently named as the best place to work in federal government. Not only will you have an opportunity to work with some of the brightest minds on some of the most unique and challenging projects, but you will be given the opportunity to make a positive impact on humanity. If you are interested in applying to work at the Human Systems Integration Division at NASA Ames Research Center, we encourage you to browse this website and the websites of our various labs to see if your experience and job aspirations are aligned with the work we do.

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