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User Experience Researcher, Material Design

Google

New York, NY,US

Note: By applying to this position you will have an opportunity to share your preferred working location from the following: New York, NY, USA; San Francisco, CA, USA; Sunnyvale, CA, USA.
Minimum qualifications:

Bachelor's degree in Anthropology, Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), Human Factors, Psychology, Sociology, or a related field or equivalent practical experience.
Experience with research design utilizing various methods (e.g., usability studies, contextual inquiry, and surveys).
Experience in product research, either in an end-to-end, usability, or generative setting.

Preferred qualifications:

Master's in Human-Computer Interaction or related discipline.
Experience conducting analysis with Python, SPSS, or R.
Experience with planning, designing, conducting, and analyzing research and communicating research to broad audiences.
Experience with statistical analysis of experimental data.
Experience working with multiple research methodologies, including both qualitative (e.g., ethnographic, archival, usability, interview) and quantitative (e.g., survey-based, statistical, computational) methods.
Prior publication history in relevant venues (e.g., CHI, CSCW, DIS, ACCESS).
About the job
At Google, we follow a simple but vital premise: "Focus on the user and all else will follow." User Experience Researchers (UXRs) make this possible.

Google User Experience (UX) is made up of multi-disciplinary teams of UX Designers, Researchers, Writers, Content Strategists, Program Managers, and Engineers: we care deeply about the people who use our products. The UX team plays an integral part in gathering insights about the needs, attitudes, emotions, and behaviors of people who use our products to inspire and inform design. We collaborate closely with each other and with engineering and product management to create industry-leading products that deliver value for the people who use them, and for Google’s businesses.

As a User Experience Researcher (UXR), you’ll help your team of UXers, product managers, and engineers understand user needs. You’ll work with stakeholders across functions and levels and have impact at all stages of product development. You’ll play a critical role in creating useful, usable, and delightful products. You’ll explore user behaviors and motivations by conducting primary research such as field studies, interviews, diary studies, participatory workshops, ethnography, surveys, usability testing, and logs analysis.

The UXR community at Google is unique and will help you do your best work. You’ll have the opportunity to work with and learn from UXRs across Google through regular meetups, mentor programs, and access to internal research tools.

As a User Experience Researcher, you will help generate, refine, and evaluate the standards that will inform the design of the next generation of products, both within Google and beyond.

Google Research is building the next generation of intelligent systems for all Google products. To achieve this, we’re working on projects that utilize the latest computer science techniques developed by skilled software engineers and research scientists. Google Research teams collaborate closely with other teams across Google, maintaining the flexibility and versatility required to adapt new projects and foci that meet the demands of the world's fast-paced business needs.

Responsibilities
Conduct quantitative and qualitative research focused on evaluating the usability, accessibility, and beauty of Material Design components, patterns, and guidelines.
Design, conduct, and analyze the results of experiments to precisely quantify the impact of varying Material Design components.
Document research findings in a format suitable for our internal and external audiences, including global a11y standards (WCAG) and for external peer reviewed publications.
Partner with designers, engineers, and stakeholders to conduct foundational and experimental research to drive design, brand perception, adaptive design, ambient devices, motion, and color.
Collaborate with design system researchers and designers across Google to synthesize and amplify insights across the broader organization.
Google is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity or Veteran status. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. See also Google's EEO Policy and EEO is the Law. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please let us know by completing our Accommodations for Applicants form.

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