Principal Research Engineer I/II, Human Factors
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The AbbVie Combination Product Development (CPD) function designs and develps best-in-class drug delivery systems for AbbVie pharmaceuticals. The Human Factors (HF) group within CPD manages the drug delivery device user interface design process and executes usability assessments required to support the successful submission of AbbVie Combination Products. The combination of an increase in the number of drugs that require a delivery device, and increasing engagement of Human-Centered Design and HF skills in early stage clinical development drive the need for additional Human Factors expertise.
We are looking for an individual with academic training and professional experience in human factors/usability engineering for a Human Factors role to support our Combination Product development efforts.
Overview of Position:
This role is intended to support the CPD HF group’s need to manage projects to design, test and validate drug delivery devices. This individual will work alongside existing AbbVie HF, Engineering, Medical, Compliance and Regulatory staff to design device user interfaces and HF studies required to ensure ease-of-use, safety, customer acceptance, and regulatory approval.
The individual will perform the following functions in partnership with third-party HF firms:
Design and conduct contextual inquiry research
Perform task and workflow analyses
Work with System Engineers to develop user requirements and user interface specifications
Conduct and evaluate Use Related Risk Assessments, recommend and evaluate design mitigations
Design device and system user interfaces and associated instructional materials
Design and conduct usability tests and other usability assessments
Design, conduct and analyze interviews and surveys
Prepare and compile thorough documentation for inclusion in regulatory submissions
Assist in training internal staff to perform some HF functions under supervision
Assist in maintaining corporate policy, procedures and tools on best practices for HF
Facilitate the selection and proper use of outside HF consultants
- BS, MS, or PHD in a scientific field with typically 14-16 (BS), 12-14 (MS) or 6-8 (PhD) years related experience
MS or PhD in Human Factors, Industrial Engineering, Human Computer Interaction, Psychology or related discipline preferred
Strong working knowledge of Human Factors methods and principles.
5-10 years’ experience in user interface design and usability testing preferred
Excellent written and spoken communications skills
Ability to work with a variety of disciplines and teams in fast-paced environments
Strong problem-solving and analytical skills
Experience in pharmaceutical or medical device product development is preferred
Working knowledge with medical devices and medical device regulations and standards is preferred
Job level will be commensurate with experience
Significant Work Activities
Yes, 25 % of the Time
Job Level Code
Equal Employment Opportunity
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