Research Assistant IV in Mountain View, CA at APEX Systems

Date Posted: 4/5/2018

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Job Description

Job #:  836332

User Experience Research Assistant


Mountain View, CA

6 month contract – potential to extend!

Potential to travel



We follow a simple but vital premise in the User Experience (UX) 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 designers and researchers who collaborate closely with each other and with Engineering and Product Management to create innovative, and usable, products that people love to use.


The Role

We are seeking a User Experience Research Assistant who is a self-starter. You'll have the opportunity to support our research activities in developing innovative, user-friendly, best-of-breed products. You have strong analytical skills, excellent communication skills, and an eye for observing the nuances of human behavior. You are also diligent, detail-oriented, and can work fairly independently.You will be partnering closely with other UXers, Product Managers, and Engineers. You may make day trips to user study locations in and around the New York City area. You may be asked to work from other offices, too, as needed. Most of the work will take place during regular business hours, but you will need to work on evenings from time to time. Each position is a contract role for an initial duration of 6 months, and can be extended by up to another 6 months depending on performance and need.


Top Daily Responsibilities

1. Preparing user research activities (working with the recruiters to schedule study sessions, setting up the usability lab etc.)

2. Planning, observing and moderating usability testing sessions and interviews

3. Administering questionnaires, surveys, and interviews


Additional Responsibilities

  • Taking notes during user study sessions
  • Analyzing qualitative & quantitative data
  • Communicating findings from the study to the research lead and/or broader team
  • Assistance in creating reports (including creating graphs, highlight videos, slide decks etc.)
  • Analyzing, interpreting and summarizing existing research reports.


Required Skills/Qualifications

  • B.A./B.S. (completed) or M.A./M.S./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
  • Interest in general research and user research methods, with 1-3 years of relevant research experience preferred
  • Detail-oriented and ability to work fairly independently on a variety of tasks
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Can prioritize time between multiple projects, and be flexible by adapting to changing schedules and different projects
  • Technical aptitude, familiarity with basic graphic and video editing tools preferred
  • Knowledge of basic statistical concepts preferred
  • OK with flexible working hours (regular business hours + some evenings and weekends)