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Graduate Human Factors Specialist

Transport Planning/Electronic/Electrical/Mechanical.

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About us

This is why I love RSSB

We are all about making a difference.

RSSB supports the rail industry to deliver a better, safer railway. We manage a research programme; collect, collate, and analyse data; and develop standards for the railway across Great Britain.

We deliver standards, information and guidance for all aspects of railway operations, as well as health and wellbeing, sustainability, infrastructure and rolling stock asset integrity, customer satisfaction, performance, and safety.

Through our Affiliation programme we also make some of that information and guidance available to overseas organisations and other industries.

This 24-month structured graduate programme will see you build your human factors technical skills, business knowledge and core soft skills. You’ll be trusted with high level responsibility and client interaction as you work on innovative, exciting, and challenging human factors projects.

We’ll support you every step of the way with continuous feedback, training and regular coaching and mentoring as part of your personal development. Our training does not stop there, the programme is designed to develop your early career and help you work towards professional recognition through the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors or British Psychological Society, after completing the programme. 

As a Graduate Human Factors Specialist, you’ll work within the human factors team. The team is made up of psychologists and ergonomists who work to support the rail industry by providing expertise through technical input to research, Standards, National publications, and the development of new systems for rail. Moreover, the human factors team helps companies to deal with their own human factor’s issues, providing bespoke advice, support, training and guidance where required.

You will also have the opportunity to work within different departments within RSSB and engage with people from across the railway.

Please note: this graduate programme may involve travel. 

What you’ll be doing:

Working as part of the human factors team you will be:

  • Supporting and undertaken human factors project work, including:
    • Supporting the development and application of HF project methodologies
    • Collecting and analysing data from sources including literature, staff interviews/observation and review of incident investigation reports.   
    • Providing intelligence and tools to RSSB member companies to help them better understand human factors, for example in the form of published reports, presentations to cross-industry risk groups or training interventions.
  • Engaging with people from across the railway to understand their wants and needs and inform the decisions that they make.
  • Actively undertaking and committing to professional development activities through RSSB and professional institutions such as Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors or British Psychological Society.

What we’re looking for:

  • A minimum of a 2:2 in psychology or ergonomics/human factors.
  • A willingness to learn about human factors
  • Competence with Microsoft Office 365.
  • Adaptability and resilience 
  • Analytical thinker 
  • Collaboration and teamwork 
  • Communication 
  • Drive for achievement 
  • Personal effectiveness 
  • Problem solving 

What’s in it for you?

We offer a competitive benefits package to ensure our staff can achieve their best throughout their journey with us. This includes a competitive salary of £29,000, 30 days' annual leave (plus bank holidays); a holiday buy and sell scheme; private medical and dental cover; a season ticket loan and travel subsidy; access to a cycle to work scheme; volunteer leave; a performance related bonus and pension.  

Key dates

Closing date for applications: Midnight on 12 July 2022
First stage interviews: July 2022
Final Stage Assessment: 3rd-10th August 2022
Start date: 19th September 2022

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Job ID Number: 2022-1480
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Opportunity Overview

  • Deadline: July 12th, 2022
  • Starting: September 2022
  • £29,000 + benefits
  • 2:2 and above
  • London
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Preferred Disciplines...

  • Electrical
  • Electronic
  • Mechanical
  • Transport Planning

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