User-Centered Design Scientist/Engineer

Dayton, OHCome join an "out of this world" team delivering innovation powered by proven digital techniques! AFRL Talent Sharing Opportunity$67,418-$143,757

Job Overview

***Note: Applicants interested in this temporary talent sharing opportunity (between 6-18 months depending on assignment) should include with their resume the following document: Hangar 18 Talent Sharing (save a copy and include in application package). Please work with your home organization supervisor to ensure they would approve of a talent sharing opportunity. An MOA will be worked between Hangar 18 and home org. For questions please reach out to:

Do you have a novel idea for a digital capability but aren’t sure how to execute it? Do you have skills you want to “level up” or bring to the table, but don’t currently have a path to execute? Hangar 18 is ready to “beam you up”! We are a new software factory tackling complex digital problems by rapidly aligning the right talent and tools. We are currently seeking S&T explorers to join us on our mission to accelerate Digital Engineering and Transformation!


One of the most critical parts of any technology development effort is understanding the existing domain and all of the components and relationships therein. This may include users, systems, materials, policies, along with many other factors. However, at the top of this list is the end user. Without getting users to adopt and use a solution, the project will never be successful. A UCD resource will serve two primary functions; first, to observe, elicit, and characterize user-centered requirements within a variety of existing and notional research, engineering, and business units, and second, to design software capabilities around these same requirements, developing personas, journey maps, user experience maps, empathy maps, and other key artifacts. A UCD team member should be an independent and self-starting contributor, able to work for extended periods (a week or longer) without regular guidance from other functions. A UCD team member should also understand and work efficiently within a formal Software Development Lifecycle (SDLC). Finally, IT is an ever-changing domain, so the team member must be able to master new techniques and technologies and apply them wherever applicable.

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Any AFRL employee is eligible for this opportunity (regardless of your location). You will remain on your current telework/remote work agreement for the duration of this temproary talent-sharing position. 

This job is open until 16 October 2023.


Yes, this position is eligible for telework opportunities; as determined by agency policy

Remote Work (CONUS)

No, this position is not approved for remote work.

Required Qualifications

  • Must be a current DR-II, III, or IV (or equivalent) AFRL scientist or engineer
  • Must be a United States Citizen
  • Must hold and maintain a Secret Security Clearance
  • Must be able to access Video Teleconference

Desired Qualifications

  • Minimum 3 years of experience in user-centered design practice or comparable field (human-centered design, cognitive systems engineering, etc.)
  • Experience developing domain models and artifacts (journey maps, use cases, personas, etc.)
  • Experience using domain and solution modeling tools (Miro, Adobe XD, etc.)
  • Experience working on an integrated development team with different functional components
  • Experience working on projects employing Agile tools and techniques
  • Demonstrable skills in oral and written communication.

(Requisition No. 69618)