Battelle Memorial Institute Human Factors Research Leader in Arlington, Virginia

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Our 22,000 employees work at the forefront of scientific innovation to tackle critical challenges in security, human health, manufacturing, energy and environmental management. Battelle’s work is grounded in the belief that science, technology and a passion for excellence can make industries more competitive and the world a better place.

Battelle’s Transportation Business Line is currently seeking a Human Factors Research Leader/Manager. This position located in Arlington, VA.

Primary Function

The Research Leader/Manager is a designation for a highly qualified individual whose leadership in a technical area is recognized both within and outside Battelle. A Research Leader/Manager exhibits an extraordinary degree of ingenuity, creativity and resourcefulness in the application and/or development of significantly advanced technologies, scientific principles, theories and concepts. The Research Leader/Manager directs a key functional area within a Business that makes a major contribution to the growth and continued viability of the organization; develops short and long-term business strategies and assures their implementation; frequently acts independently to expose and resolve problems associated with the development and implementation of programs; plans R&D programs and advocates technological application programs to achieve long-range objectives; and serves as consultant to management in long-range planning pertaining to new or projected areas of technological advancements. Emphasis is placed on high quality technical and business/planning activities.

Major Responsibilities

  • Manage several IDIQ contract vehicles across FHWA, NHTSA and FMCSA, including program oversight/execution, proposal capture/development, subcontractor oversight/relationship management, and client relationship management.

  • Provide support, leadership and management to on-going projects in the areas of human factors, driver behavior, driver performance, vehicle automation, and Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS).

  • Actively engage in outstanding technical research to maintain and develop Battelle’s transportation business line offerings and reputation.

  • Contribute substantively to planning and executing marketing and project development activities in the in the areas of transportation operations, human factors, driver behavior, and driver performance.

  • Routinely conceive and develop new projects.

  • Train, mentor and lead other staff.

  • Provide competent technical advice to management.

  • Assist line management in evaluating the technical performance of other staff.

  • Work with management to develop facilities required to support specific technical/business development objectives.

  • Proactively communicate with clients to ensure they are an integral part of the project for clarification of requirement and regular assessment of implementation progress.

  • Build client relationships to sustain and expand business opportunities.

  • Influence client opinion on future program direction. Influence customer’s business plans and priorities.

  • Identify high growth/value opportunities for Battelle with clients and establish opportunity development capture plans.

  • Position Battelle to win follow on-programs.

  • Contribute to the overall business development and proposal activities including the formulation of a win strategy and the establishment of the appropriate teaming partners in collaboration with Business Development Staff.

  • Establish review procedures to ensure that proposed technical work can be accomplished as described within proposed cost, time and quality constraints. Coordinates the selection of proposal team member organizations (strategic partners, sub-contractors, universities, product lines, etc.) and the efforts of the proposal team to formulate an offering that persuasively presents the project approach that meets the client needs and documents the value created for the client by this approach at a competitive price.

Position Requirements


  • Master’s degree in Engineering or other relevant field and a minimum of 10 years’ experience in the transportation industry, with at least 7 directly with USDOT

  • Demonstrated experience managing program/projects of $1M or greater value.

  • Demonstrated experience managing geographically dispersed team

  • Demonstrated understanding of surface transportation policy, planning, operations, and/or management activities, as they relate to Human Factors

  • Extensive experience working proposals and supporting business development efforts

  • Excellent Communications skills


  • PhD in Engineering or other relevant field

  • Demonstrated experience managing IDIQ contract vehicles for USDOT

  • Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification

Legal Disclaimer

The above statements are intended to describe the nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, activities and skills required of staff members. No statement herein is intended to imply any authorities to commit Battelle unless special written permission is granted by Battelle's Legal Department.


Battelle’s competitive benefits program includes comprehensive medical and dental care, matching 401K, paid time off, flexible spending accounts, disability coverage, and other benefits that help provide financial protection for you and your family.

Battelle provides employment and opportunities for advancement, compensation, training, and growth according to individual merit, without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, age, genetic information, disability, veteran-status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable Federal, state, or local law. Our goal is for each staff member to have the opportunity to grow to the limits of their abilities and to achieve personal and organizational objectives. We will support positive programs for equal treatment of all staff and full utilization of all qualified employees at all levels within Battelle.

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