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Senior Human Factors Researcher

Merlin Labs

Merlin Labs

Posted on Wednesday, November 1, 2023
About Us:
Merlin is an early-stage autonomy company, building software to control sophisticated transportation systems. Our mission here at Merlin Labs is to develop hardware and software solutions that deliver the capability for aircraft to fly useful missions autonomously and safely. Our first product will be a certified system to bring automation to existing fixed wing aircraft.
We’re backed by some of the top institutional venture capitalists in the country, our headquarters are located in Boston with hubs in Denver, Los Angeles and the Mojave Desert. Come join our diverse, world class team, made up of people from places like Google, Airbus, Boeing, UTC, the US Navy, and the US Air Force.
About You:
Are you a Human Factors Researcher looking for an opportunity to guide advances in Human-Machine Teaming (HMT) for civil aviation? Merlin Labs is developing the cutting edge of autonomy for civil aviation driven by a deep commitment to developing advanced human-machine teaming on Part 23 and Part 25 aircraft.

The Role:

  • Leverages their depth of knowledge in Human Factors and HMT to help define the roadmap for human-machine teaming for crew reduction on civil and military platforms.
  • Guides the identification of key HMT research milestones and actions to achieve them.
  • Defines HMT research opportunities to further the company human factors objectives and coordinate with universities, industry groups, and other entities to execute them.
  • Works with the Merlin certification team and regulators to understand potential regulatory needs for novel interfaces and operations.
  • Communicates with regulators in understanding new means of compliance demonstration for novel interfaces on aviation systems.
  • Engages customers, operators, regulators, industry specialists, suppliers, and internal disciplines to identify and clarify current and future operational requirements to support equipment design throughout the design process.
  • Consults with Merlin’s civil and military programs to facilitate successful completion of human factors activities.


  • Ph.D. in Engineering, Human Factors, or related technical discipline.
  • 10+ years of experience conducting human factors research in aviation or a related domain.
  • Demonstrated track record of publishing in human factors journals and/or conferences.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.


  • Experience leading one or more human factors research programs.
  • Experience designing an aviation system and/or certifying an aviation system.
  • Operational experience in a technology-intensive, safety-critical environment
  • Certified pilot.
Merlin Labs offers an innovative, entrepreneurial, and team-focused startup environment. We also offer a top-notch benefits package (health, dental, life, unlimited vacation, and 401k with match) and work/life integration. Being part of the Merlin team allows you to become part of a small team that supports professional development while working together to achieve our mission.
Merlin Labs is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status or disability status. All job offers are contingent upon the candidate passing background, export control and reference checks.
Merlin Labs does not accept unsolicited resumes from any source other than directly from candidates.