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    Dear Biomch-L readers,

    As there are a number of Biomch-L subscribers working in the Human Factors /
    Ergonomics / Cognitive Psychology field, I thought that the item below might
    be appropriate on Biomch-L, despite (or just because of?) its slightly pro-
    motional language. Ernest J. McCormick's Human Factors Engineering (3rd Ed.,
    McGraw-Hill, New York 1970) even claims in its Preface:

    Many of the man-made products and environments of our civilization are
    created for use by people in their everyday lives or in carrying out
    their work activities. In many such instances the nature (i.e., the
    design features) of these products and environments directly influences
    the extent to which they serve their intended human use. This text
    deals with some of the problems and processes that are involved in man's
    efforts to so design these products and environments that they optimally
    serve their intended use by human beings. These objectives, of course,
    are as old as man; human beings have always endeavored to adapt the
    things they make and their environments to their own use. It is only
    in recent years, however, that systematic, concerted action has been
    directed toward these objectives. This general area of human endeavor
    (and its various facets) has come to be known as *human factors engin-
    eering*, or simply *human factors*, *biomechanics*, *engineering psy-
    chology*, or (in most European countries) *ergonomics*.

    Clearly, AECL has learned a lesson from the tragic accidents with the
    Therac-25 radiation therapy machine manufactured by AECL in the 1980-ies,
    caused by a combination of design errors on the hardware, software, and
    man-machine-interface level as mentioned on Biomch-L one or two years ago.

    While it may seem bad taste to mention this matter in the present context,
    Ergonomics is too important a topic to be postponed until such times that
    accidents, whether fatal or minor, have occurred.


    Reference: Jonathan Jacky (Oncology, Univ. of Washington, Seattle),
    Safety-Critical Computing: Hazards, Practices, Standards, and Regulation.
    In: Charles Dunlop & Rob Kling (Eds), Computerization *and* Controversy -
    Value Conflicts and Social Choices, Acad. Press 1991, pp. 612-631


    Article 2825 in comp.human-factors:
    From: (Shidan Habibi)
    Subject: Human Factors positions at AECL Research, Canada
    Followup-To: poster
    Keywords: Human Factors, cognitive science, nuclear
    Sender: (USENET news)
    Organization: Purdue University Engineering Computer Network
    Date: Sat, 12 Sep 1992 17:10:24 GMT


    AECL Research is committed to research and development into
    the safe and environmentally sound uses of nuclear power. Our
    multi-disciplinary teams are making significant contributions
    in broad areas of science and engineering. Highly motivated
    professionals will want to consider this challenging opportunity
    at our Chalk River Laboratories (near Ottawa, Ontario) and at
    the Centre for Nuclear Energy Research (Fredericton, New

    As part of the team, you will have amply opportunity for
    professional growth, and salaries that reflect the regard we
    have for our people, their experience, and their qualifications.

    Job Duties:

    R&D Human Factors professional candidates are required to
    support the incorporation of human factors and cognitive science
    concepts into prototype advanced control centres for CANDU
    nuclear power plants.

    The candidates will play a leading role in one or more of the
    following projects: CANDU human-machine interface development
    and evaluation (e.g., topics related to supervisory and manual
    control, navigation in large display suites, methods and tools
    for verification and validation), systems for advanced alarm
    processing and operator decision support, and systems for
    computerized plant operating procedures. Most projects involve
    requirements and task analyses, cognitive modelling, rapid
    prototyping and usability testing. Candidates will be required
    to effectively manage projects, and prepare proposals,
    estimates, schedules and routine reports.

    Experience Desired:

    Your qualifications include a postgraduate degree in
    engineering, psychology or computer science, specializing in
    human factors (e.g., human-computer interaction). You will have
    experience in applying human factors to engineering problems,
    and you will have a demonstrated knowledge in engineering
    processes and computer systems. Superior communication skills
    and the ability to work in a multi-disciplinary team are
    essential. Preference will be given to candidates with at least
    3 years of relevant work experience.

    Salary and Benefits:

    AECL Research offers salaries and benefits competitive with
    other Canadian research organizations, and based on experience
    and qualifications.

    Citizenship Requirements:

    The vacancies are for full-time employment. Only those
    candidates prepared to become Landed Immigrants or Canadian
    citizens should apply.

    Foreign nationals (i.e., non-Canadians) must have Landed
    Immigrant status in Canada before employment can begin.

    Citizens of the United States may be offered term employment
    under the terms of the Canada-US Free Trade Agreement, however,
    full-time continuing employment will require the person to
    obtain Landed Immigrant status in Canada.

    Security Requirements:

    All candidates will be required to obtain a security clearance
    to at least the Enhanced Reliability level.

    Further Information:

    If you are looking for a challenge, please apply (in writing,
    via email(ascii please), or by FAX), no later than 1992
    September 18, quoting the reference number CSR2015:

    Lawrence Lupton
    Human-Machine Systems Development Section
    AECL Research
    Chalk River Laboratories
    Chalk River, Ontario, Canada
    K0J 1J0

    Tel: (613) 584-3311 ext 3433
    FAX: (613) 584-4269