SDSU Research Foundation

Experimental Design and Statistical Analysis Support for Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (UUV) Research Project (53-6003)

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This Statement of Work covers the need for the services of a college student to provide technical and/or analytical support in the field of Human Factors Psychology or Cognitive Science for the MK18 project. The purpose of the project is to integrate and transition into the Fleet new technologies to support Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (UUVs) operations.


The U.S. Navy has deployed the MK18 Mod 1 and 2 UUVs for U.S. Navy shallow water mine countermeasures (MCM) and hydro-graphic reconnaissance operations. The UUVs in the MK18 Family of Systems are pre-programmed and designed to scan waters for targets or threats while offering the Fleet vital information for required for planning Navy operations.


Technical Requirements:

  • Assist with experimental design planning, technology evaluations and data analysis tasks
  • Some support to usability and human factors evaluations may also be required


  • Reviewing, analyzing and documenting related literature findings
  • Supporting required pilot testing and usability studies
  • Designing and testing experimental designs

  • Supporting data analyses and documenting findings

  • Monthly Status Reports and Bi-Weekly Time Reports shall be in accordance with basic contract CDRL


Minimum Qualifications:  

  • Undergraduate Level 2: Human Factors or Cognitive Science (Junior or Senior) 

Required Coursework:

  • Experimental design
  • Statistical analysis

Additional Qualifications Desired:

  • Human Factors Psychology or Cognitive Science degrees are preferred
  • Experience with Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) (statistical analysis tool) and Signal Detection Theory are desired but not required
  • Experience with Queueing Theory desired but not required.



This position will require the employee to obtain and maintain a DoD Secret security clearance

Due to the regulations established by the Department of Defense, only US Citizens may qualify
This is a student position and is limited to working 20 hours per week
This position will remain open until filled
San Diego State University Research Foundation is an EEO/AA/Disability/Vets Employer


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