Senior User Experience Research Scientist

Exponent   •  

Phoenix, AZ

Industry: Professional, Scientific & Technical Services


Less than 5 years

Posted 62 days ago

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Exponent is a leading engineering and scientific consulting firm. Our multidisciplinary team of scientists, engineers, physicians, and regulatory consultants brings together more than 90 different disciplines to solve complicated problems facing corporations, insurers, government entities, associations and individuals. Our approximately 1000 staff members work in 26 offices across the United States and abroad. Exponent has over 800 consultants, including more than 500 that have earned a doctorate in their chosen field of specialization.

Exponent's Human Factors Practice is seeking a Senior User Experience Research Scientist to join the existing and ever-growing team of researchers at Exponent's 6,000-square-foot Phoenix User Research Center (PURC), which houses six labs, many of whichare highly specialized (e.g., optometry lab, motion tracking suite, etc.). This position, which will be located in Phoenix, Arizona, will be responsible for conducting user research studies for major consumer electronics manufacturers and for serving as project manager on a potentially large number of such engagements.

Additional responsibilities will include:

  • Supporting a range of consulting activities that involve usability and user experience evaluations, including design research, survey design, expert review, usability testing, health and safety studies, psychophysics and threshold detection, motion tracking, eye tracking, workflow studies, and user requirements engineering

  • Developing client contacts

  • Working on multi-disciplinary projects

  • Providing project management, data processing, and other project support

  • Conducting research to obtain and review third-party technical data, scientific literature, and standards

The ideal candidate for this position combines hands-on experience in UX research in an industrial or corporate setting and a strong basic scientific background in the foundations of cognition, perception, and human decision-making. Candidates should furthermore be comfortable working in a professional engineering and scientific consulting environment, which demands a high degree of self-motivation, dedication, and resilience to stress.

Qualifications for this position include:

  • Ph.D. in Experimental or Cognitive Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Cognitive Science, or a related basic scientific psychology field

  • At least two to three years of multiple-study user experience research related to products headed to market or already in the marketplace

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills as well as strong interpersonal skills

  • Strong mathematical aptitude and proficiency with statistics

  • Strong aptitude and proficiency with user research facilitation

  • Solid foundation in science of cognition, perception, and human decision making

  • Consummate project management skills and ability to juggle multiple teams concurrently

  • Diplomatic assertiveness and ability to work with accuracy under pressure and/or tight deadlines without the need for extrinsic motivation or extensive guidance