Job Overview


Do you desire to protect American interests and secure our Nation while building a meaningful and rewarding career?  If so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling.  DHS components work collectively to prevent terrorism, secure borders, enforce and administer immigration laws, safeguard cyberspace and ensure resilience to disasters.  The vitality and magnitude of this mission is achieved by a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations.  Make an impact; join DHS.                     

Securing Travel, Protecting People - At the Transportation Security Administration, you will serve in a high-stakes environment to safeguard the American way of life.  In cities across the country, you would secure airports, seaports, railroads, highways, and/or public transit systems, thus protecting America's transportation infrastructure and ensuring freedom of movement for people and commerce. For additional information about our agency please:
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This Engineering Psychologist position is located in the Behavior Detection and Analysis Division within the Office of Security Capabilities (OSC), Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS). If selected, you will serve as a technical specialist planning and carrying out complex scientific, engineering, and technological inquiries and analyses. You will develop experimental designs for behavior detection pilot programs involving engineering psychology and the scientific nature of behavior detection in security environments.

Duties Include:

  • Establishing and organizing the work of research and data collection teams to carry out multiple scientific projects.
  • Coordinating extensively with external organizations and academic institutions to acquire additional research support and build relationships to further behavior detection research. Translating complex academic research in behavioral sciences into an applied environment and identifying, reviewing, and critiquing research germane to the SPOT program and behavior detection in general.
  • Promoting the strategic value of science and technology for the sustainable development of security programs increasing industry, academia, community recognition, and respect for OSC's mission.
  • Participating in planning meetings and activities to ensure sound technical engineering psychological research and providing technical input to systems architecture planning as it relates to human factors and behavioral detection and analysis efforts.
  • Reviewing new policies to ensure they are consistent with the scientific thought process and are in line with current behavioral detection and human factors engineering psychological research.
  • Communicating with Program Managers/Branch Managers to resolve complex technical issues and providing advice regarding scientific discoveries or emerging opinions from the scientific community.

The major duties described above reflect the full performance level of this position. Typically, the lower pay band (H Band) performs the same duties but will receive more guidance and training; and/or projects/work assignments may be less complex.