Senior Human Factors Specialist Ref. 1736

16 Mar 2019
17 Mar 2019
Clearance Level
None / Undisclosed
Job Type
An opportunity has arisen for a Senior Human Factors Specialist with significant experience in applying research to help provide real-world practitioner solutions. This role requires strategic leadership and management of a wide range of human factors-related activities ranging from generating a research strategy and programme through to delivery of bespoke advice consultancy.

With a strong research skillset and background, you will be required to design, lead and manage research related to human-technology interaction including trust in technology and impact on situational awareness. This will be especially focussed on high-workload/high stress situations with significant consideration of application within operational environments. As an experienced academic, you will be able to engage with senior academics both as a customer and as a peer, providing review and stakeholder guidance to a wide range of internal and external research projects.

An experienced research-to-practice practitioner, you will be readily able to provide bespoke consultancy and advice covering a range of human factors situations, for example, optimising set-up and operation of control rooms. You will be able to design and develop a range of product interventions such as training, guidance and other innovative approaches which can be delivered en-mass or through others who may be non-experts, with the aim of optimising human performance.

An excellent communicator, you will be able to tailor your advice and pull through research to a wide range of audiences to have impact- from senior Whitehall officials, to fellow researchers, to practitioners - both orally and through written briefs. This role also requires a reasonable teaching element comprising the design and delivery of a range of training courses for which you should have a good track record.

You will be able to work on your own, and work collaboratively in a multi-disciplinary team of practitioners and other subject matter experts both within the organisation and across Government, Academia and Industry.

You will be educated to at least Masters level and have post-qualification experience of applying your knowledge in an academic or practitioner setting.


If you join us you'll enjoy have access to a variety of benefits throughout your career. These include an excellent work life balance with flexible working hours and a good pension scheme. We will consider applications for part-time working, minimum of 2 full days per week (Monday to Friday) and where business need allows.

Before you apply

Honesty and integrity are crucial if you want work at MI5. You should read about the vetting process and satisfy yourself that you meet the criteria outlined in the vetting pages of the How to Apply section prior to submitting an application.

Giving misleading information or omitting or concealing information during the recruitment and vetting process is viewed very seriously. You should ensure that you follow our guidance form the when you apply.

Recruitment Process

The first thing we will ask you to do is complete our pre-screening questions to find out if you meet our initial criteria. If you meet these criteria we will then ask you to begin an application.

You will need to create a login and provide your full name, email address and a memorable password. Once you have successfully created a personal account, you will be required to complete an initial registration form, providing contact details and equal opportunities monitoring information.

We will invite you to complete and submit our full application form where you will be asked to explain your motivation for applying to MI5, as well as competency and capability questions to explore your suitability for the role. You will also be requested to upload a copy of your current CV.

It is essential that your CV:

• Covers the last 10 years of employment and/or education, clearly specifying job and/or course 'from' and 'to' dates in month and year details

• Clearly demonstrates the key activities and responsibilities you have performed in each role detailed

• States what academic and professional qualifications you possess

The selection process is competitive at all stages and involves a series of interviews and assessments, starting with an initial application sift of your application and CV to check you have the potential skills and motivation to work for MI5.

If you are successful at this stage you will be invited to a face-to face interview that will explore the motivation for your application as well as some of the key skills and competencies essential for effective performance in the role. Assuming you pass the interview you will then be invited to an Assessment Centre. This Assessment Centre will include a presentation, role-play and interview. This will then be followed by a security interview with a vetting officer. Please be aware that the recruitment and vetting process may take around 9 months.

Guaranteed Interview Scheme

As part of our commitment to the "Positive About Disabled People" scheme we offer an interview to all candidates with a disability who meet our minimum criteria for the job vacancy that they are applying for. This is known as the Guaranteed Interview Scheme (GIS).

To secure an interview for this vacancy, the minimum criteria (in order of application process) is:

• Vacancy Eligibility Questions

You will be asked a series of questions relating to this vacancy. If you meet the criteria here you will be directed to the initial application form.

• Application Form Sift

Along with the standard eligibility requirements for this post, your application will be assessed on how far you meet the job specifications and the motivational fit/competency questions you answer. Each answer will be scored. Your application must score the minimum amount of points set. On successful completion of these stages, you will be invited to an assessment centre.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible to apply you must be a British citizen (either born here or naturalised) and one of your parents must be a British citizen or have substantial ties to the UK. Due to vetting requirements you also need to be 18 years old or above.

Candidates must normally have been resident in the UK for nine out of the last 10 years. This is particularly important if you were born outside the UK. We will still consider you if you have, for example served overseas with HM Forces or in some other official capacity as a representative of Her Majesty's Government, studied abroad, or lived overseas with your parents.


Owing to the sensitivity of our work, we do not publicly disclose the identities of our staff. Discretion is vital. You should not discuss your application, other than with your partner or close family member. You should not post on social media sites about your application or discuss it with anyone else at this stage. You will receive further guidance during the recruitment process.

You should not launch an application from outside of the UK as it will impact on our ability to progress your application. All applications will be considered on merit. The Security Service is committed to reflecting both equal opportunities and the society we protect.

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