20 Jun 2022


A brilliant opportunity to join a small multi-disciplinary team.


Gosport, Hampshire


Short summary

Would you like an exciting opportunity to join a small multi-disciplinary team of Human Factors (HF) professionals (Ergonomists and Psychologists)? The HF Group provides the Royal Navy (RN) and wider Ministry of Defence (MOD) with applied research and evidence-based consultancy in ergonomics and psychology.

Recent projects have included ergonomic assessments of marine and land vehicles, identification of HF aspects of whole-body vibration in small fast boats, habitability and accommodation arrangements on ships and anthropometry requirements for workplaces. Other examples include ergonomic assessments of lifejacket use, assessing integration and functionality of body armour and load carriage and HF support to accident investigations.

Job description

You will support the integration of HF / Ergonomics principles within the RN and MOD through the provision of HF / Ergonomics research and consultancy in areas such as workplace design and layout, habitability, equipment and clothing design and assessment and ergonomic aspects of health and safety. You will work within the HF Group based at the Institute of Naval Medicine.

The Institute of Naval Medicine is the Naval Service’s Centre of Excellence for occupational health advice, information, training and research. It brings together scientists and medical professionals to improve the health of the UK Armed Forces.

In Navy Command our civil servants work alongside their military colleagues in jobs that matter; jobs which often have a direct impact on the quality of the operational capabilities we deliver. Roles can offer great job satisfaction and there are many opportunities to develop and progress both within the Department and across the wider Civil Service.

The unique opportunities offered within are varied, challenging and exciting and support Navy Command’s role to generate and operate forces for today and to ensure we are ready for tomorrow by developing and delivering the Navy of the future.

Navy Command provides an open, flexible, and inclusive work environment where civil servants and Armed Forces personnel work together in a wealth of interesting and challenging jobs in areas ranging from finance; legal services; personnel and HR; project planning and managing contracts, to media and communications.


Essential criteria

· An honours degree or equivalent in a Human Factors / Ergonomics or related discipline is essential for this role. Eligibility for membership of the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors (CIEHF) is essential (subscription fees will be paid by the MOD).

· Specific tasks may include, but are not limited to:

· Providing advice and expertise on HF / Ergonomics to customers

· Engaging with customers and collaborators to establish requirements

· Assisting in the design and conduct of research, investigations, assessments and equipment evaluations. This can include aspects of research design and preparation of ethical and scientific protocol submissions.

· Sourcing and critically reviewing relevant literature and standards

· Analysing data, utilising software such as Excel, SPSS and NVivo

· Interpreting results from analyses and communicating findings to customers through a variety of communication methods

· Providing critical HF / Ergonomics review of equipment and platform design specifications

· Providing HF/Ergonomics advice to accident investigators

Depending on the needs of the task, you will at times work independently and at other times collaboratively with team members or colleagues in other departments. You will be required to engage with people at all levels, including senior military and civilian personnel. Occasional travel is necessary within the UK and sometimes overseas; this may involve overnight stays on land, and possibly at sea.

Offered benefits

As a civil servant in Navy Command, you will be part of a forward-looking organisation with inclusive workplace policies, excellent career prospects, and a job that makes a difference. Navy Command prides itself on being a supportive employer and where possible encourages flexible working, helping you to maintain a great work/life balance.

Other benefits for Navy Command civil servants include:

· 25 days paid annual leave rising (1 day per year) to 30 days upon completion of 5 years’ service · A very competitive pension scheme

· Personal & professional development

· Alternative working patterns for many roles

· Access to a confidential, professional support service

· Discount schemes

· Bicycle / season ticket loans

· Enhanced maternity, paternity, and adoption leave

· Special paid leave to volunteer up to 6 days a year

In Navy Command we believe that everyone has the potential to make a difference and you will be supported to help you learn and advance in your career. This includes working towards membership of a professional body and/or undertaking an apprenticeship as part of your role.

An apprenticeship is a combined package of work and training. Through an apprenticeship you will gain professional knowledge, practical experience, and the broader skills required to upskill you in your current role and pave the way for your future career. Most of the training will be ‘on-the-job’, with the remaining ‘off-the-job’ training often delivered by a training provider. This means minimal disruption and maximum impact.

Professional qualifications can be achieved through an apprenticeship and range from Level 2 (equivalent to 5 GCSEs), Level 3 (equivalent to 2 A Levels), and Levels 4 -7, which can give you a foundation degree, a full Bachelor’s degree, or a Master’s degree.

Apprenticeships normally last between 12 months - 3 years, depending on the level of the apprenticeship.

Anyone can undertake an Apprenticeship and everyone, regardless of age, can benefit from developing their skills in an accredited way. Successful candidates can discuss their development options with their manager when in post.

For an informal chat about the role, please contact Anthea Ashford, Head of Human Factors at [email protected] or 0300 151 9615.

To apply, please visit our website.

Closing date: 11.55pm on Sunday 24 July 2022.

We welcome applications from everyone irrespective of gender and ethnic group. Appointment will be based on merit alone.