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Human Factors Engineering Co-Op

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Johnson & Johnson

Human Factors Engineering Co-Op

Cincinnati, OH
  • Responsibilities

    Thriving on a diverse company culture, celebrating the uniqueness of our employees and committed to inclusion. Proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

    The Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices (JJMDC) Industrial Design and Human Factors (IDHF) organization is seeking a multi-faceted, exceptionally talented, user entered Human Factors Engineer (HFE) who is passionate about improving the quality of people's lives through compelling design experiences. This position will reside in CINCINNATI, OH OR RAYNHAM, MA.

    JJMDC is one of the world’s largest, most innovative surgical companies. The businesses represented are Acclarent, Advanced Sterilization Products, Biosense Webster, Cerenovus, DePuy Synthes, Ethicon, Mentor, and J&J Vision.

    Our team leads contextual research to discover unmet user needs, creates usability specifications and requirements, and iteratively tests with stakeholders throughout a robust formative and summative usability process. The position will interact closely with the product development team to design and evaluate user interfaces (hardware and software) for medical products including devices, support systems and associated training /instructional elements. We are a diverse, collaborative, and global team, striving to create products and solutions that improve patient outcomes by delivering remarkable user experiences. The successful candidate will continue to elevate world-class human factors approaches throughout the organization while providing timely usability insight to the product development teams.

    • Leverage human factors standards and best practices to inform new product designs and ensure concepts support safe, effective, and satisfying use
    • Support the planning, conduct, and reporting of various user research activities, including ethnography, focus groups, formative usability tests, and HF validation (summative usability) tests
    • Consolidate user feedback into meaningful design insights and actionable recommendations
    • Perform thoughtful and thorough root cause analysis for use-related problems that arise during hands-on usability tests
    • Understand the regulatory imperative for medical device human factors, including relevant human factors standards and guidance documents, such as IEC 62366 and FDA's final HF guidance
    • Contribute to human factors documentation, including formative and summative test plans and reports, expert reviews, use-related risk analyses, use specifications, known problems analyses, and Human Factors Engineering reports
    • Author study documentation (e.g., informed consent forms, study participant recruitment screeners, moderator's guides, use error checklists)
    • Perform quantitative and qualitative data analysis to support user interface design recommendations


    • Submit a resume that demonstrates involvement in user research, in-depth knowledge of human factors principles, and strong critical-thinking, problem-solving, and communication skills
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  • Qualifications


    • Collaboration & mentorship with world-class designers working toward the common goal of positively impacting the health of humanity
    • Dynamic and respectful work environment where we live by the J&J Credo
    • Challenging work that will push you to explore, ask questions, and grow as an engineer and a professional
    • Experience working for global company
    • Opportunity to have direct impact on billions of people
    • Competitive compensation

    Johnson & Johnson Medical Device Companies include Biosense Webster (Arrythmias), Cerenovus (Neurovascular), Depuy Synthes (Orthopaedics), Ethicon (General Surgery), Mentor (Breast Aesthetics), Sterilmed (Sterilization), Vision, and Janssen (Pharmaceuticals).


    • Must be enrolled in a college/institution and pursuing a bachelor’s or master’s degree in HFE, Usability Engineering, Cognitive Science, or equivalent.
    • Only students in their 2nd year of bachelors or above will be considered
    • Students must be authorized to work in the United States and not require sponsorship in the future.
    • Availability for up to 4-month co-op rotation
    • A minimum GPA of 3.0 is preferred, with demonstrated leadership/participation in campus programs and/or community service activities
    • Demonstrated experience in the planning and conduct of various user research activities, including ethnography, focus groups, formative usability tests, and HF validation (summative usability) tests
    • Strong knowledge of human factors principles; working knowledge of task and risk analysis methods, human perception, and cognition; basic knowledge of anthropometrics, biomechanics and physiology
    • Experience consolidating user feedback into concise, meaningful design insights and actionable recommendations. Experience performing root cause analysis for use-related problems is preferred
    • Familiarity with FDA, ISO, AAMI, and other relevant usability regulations and standards for medical devices is highly preferred
  • Industry
    Hospital and Health Care
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  • About Us
    When you join Johnson & Johnson, your next move could mean the next innovation. In the next ten years, healthcare is predicted to radically transform more than any other industry, with old models being disrupted in favor of new methods to make the world a healthier place for everyone. Johnson & Johnson has long excelled in times of transformation. Its history of firsts—from Band-Aids to feminine care to treatments for HIV, cancer, Ebola, and, most recently, Alzheimer’s — demonstrates how J&J combines passion, science and technology to create game-changing innovations. Those epic innovations were discovered, developed and distributed by people just like you. And when you apply your talent to Johnson & Johnson's shared purpose, there’s no end to the lasting impact you can make, together. And that changes everything.