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UX Researcher

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This position is primarily based at this top tech company's office in Sunnyvale, CA. Most of the work will take place during regular business hours. The position is a contract role for a duration of 6 months and can be extended up to 1 year depending on performance and need. As a UX Researcher, you'll have the opportunity to support research activities in developing innovative, user-friendly, best-of-breed products. We are looking for individuals who have excellent communication skills, are diligent, detail-oriented, and can work independently.

The area: User Experience
We follow a simple but vital premise in the User Experience group: "Focus on the user and all else will follow." We're passionately interested in our users and strive to learn everything we can about their goals and needs, attitudes and emotions to help define the products and experiences we create. The User Experience team is a critical driving force behind gathering these insights and then using them to inspire and inform design. We are a multi-disciplinary team of interaction designers, visual designers, and user researchers, who collaborate closely with each other and with Engineering and Product Management to create innovative, usable, great-looking products that users love to use.

Responsibilities:
-Conduct independent research on multiple aspects of how users engage with novel products and experiences.
-Collect and analyze user behavior via qualitative and quantitative methods, usability testings, interviews and surveys.
-Communicate research findings to diverse audiences through written reports and oral presentations (including creating graphs, highlight videos, slide decks etc.)
-Work with designers, product managers, engineers and research managers to prioritize research opportunities in a fast-paced, rapidly changing environment.
-Understand and incorporate complex technical and business requirements into research.

Requirements:
-M.A/M.S. (completed) or Ph.D. (in progress or completed) in Human Factors, Psychology, HCI/Computer Science, or other field emphasizing human behavior; or in lieu or degree, some related work experience.
-3 years of relevant work experience, including experience integrating user research into product designs and design practices.
-Strong understanding of strengths and shortcomings of different research methods, including when and how to apply them during each product phase.
-Detail-oriented and ability to work fairly independently on a variety of tasks.
-Excellent working knowledge of statistics and the principles of experiment design.
-Strong oral and written communication skills.
-Can prioritize time between multiple projects, and be flexible by adapting to changing schedules and different projects.
-Excellent leadership, communication and teamwork skills.
-The ability to operate in a very fast-paced environment.

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