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User Research Specialist

Date: Jan 4, 2019

Location: Seattle, WA, US

Company: HARMAN International


HARMAN has an upcoming opportunity for a Researcher who will be working in a unique team known for pioneering and institutionalizing the adaption of psychological research methods. This team over the years has constructed a great research operations team founded on specialized disciplines, process, efficient and sustainability.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Collect, analyze, and interpret data in a sound scientific manner.
  • Utilize advanced analysis techniques, or develop new test protocols to understand human performance, technology or materials.
  • Report and present data in a clear and concise manner for a non-technical audience.
  • Maintain expertise by: keeping well-informed of new scientific literature, new instrumentation and new analysis tools, attending research conferences, and maintaining professional contacts.

Knowledge Skills and Abilities:

·     Has experience with both quantitative and qualitative methods and understands the principles behind qualitative vs. quantitative testing.  If that’s somewhat unicorn-like, at least experience with qualitative, an interest and ability to pick up quantitative and the knowledge to tell them apart. 

·     Statistical knowledge or programming skills would be a bonus (Matlab). Atleast ability to use the inbuilt templates if not core programming skills.

  • A background in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), Human Factors, Cognitive Psychology, or similar (Masters or PHD Candidates preferred)
  • Experience with research process and research methods (e.g., surveys and questionnaire design, personas, lab studies, ethnography, and other methods).
  • Experience with experimental design, common data analytic techniques, and effective ways to visualize data.
  • End-to-end experience with all aspects of research (study design, recruiting, moderation, analysis, reporting).

·     Need to be both familiar with and comfortable with interactive usability testing in person with customers.

·     Experience collecting, processing, analyzing and reporting data.

·     Record of presenting and publishing experiments in journals and/or at scientific conferences.

·    Ability to communicate complex technical information, both verbally and in writing, in a simple and exciting fashion.

·    Ability to synthesize data and write test results in a clear and concise manner.


Requisite Education and Experience / Minimum Qualifications:

  • MS or PhD in biomechanics, kinesiology, biomedical engineering, or related field
  • 2+ years of research experience or similar work experience within a product creation team

HARMAN ( designs and engineers connected products and solutions for automakers, consumers, and enterprises worldwide, including connected car systems, audio and visual products, enterprise automation solutions; and services supporting the Internet of Things.  With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson® and Revel®, HARMAN is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform around the world. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and connected car systems. Our software services power billions of mobile devices and systems that are connected, integrated and secure across all platforms, from work and home to car and mobile. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 30,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia. In March 2017, HARMAN became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics. HARMAN is an Equal Opportunity /Affirmative Action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or Protected Veterans status.  HARMAN offers a great work environment, challenging career opportunities, professional training and competitive compensation. Looking for a challenge where your experience is valued? Come see what you can achieve as a leader with HARMAN!  (


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