Microsoft AR/VR Job | Senior UX Researcher

Job(岗位): Senior UX Researcher

Type(岗位类型): Design & Creative

Citys(岗位城市): Redmond, United States

Date(发布日期): 2022-3-2


Microsoft is committed to ensuring we design and deploy the most ethical, equitable, and safe platforms and experiences for the next generation of computing. The Mixed Reality team is developing future technologies to support richer human interactions between physical and virtual worlds that uphold existing responsible AI principles and go further to ensure trust and safety is at the forefront of all that is created.

The Responsible MR Studio is a division of the Mixed Reality Design & UX Research team. The Studio lead will take a design-led approach to uncovering opportunities and establishing design guidelines for ethical hardware and software that powers mixed reality experiences, including first party devices, first and third-party software solutions, and platform services. The studio will work closely with product teams to help articulate and bring to life requirements that span architecture to potential societal implications of mixed reality technology.

We are looking for an experienced User Researcher who’s also highly capable in Product Planning, Human-Computer Interaction, and User Experience Design. In this role, you’ll help uncover unmet user needs and discover new opportunities for our technologies that balance business motivations, end-user value and ethical, responsible, and sustainable outcomes. You will guide our experience engineering and design teams through user research, end user engagement, and activating human insight into our first-party experiences and devices.

If you’re a great communicator who is always curious, searching to solve hard human problems, read on.


What you’ll need

  • 7+ years of hands-on experience in user research, product planning and customer engagement methods, activities, practices, and planning.
  • A minimum of MA/MS in Experimental Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Human Factors, Human-Computer Interaction, Design Research, Anthropology, Political Science or a related field OR several years of additional industry experience.
  • Experience working through complete, complex product cycles with an understanding and application of human-centered design and prototyping approaches.
  • Experience with a wide variety of research methodologies including, but not limited to: literature reviews, surveys, in-depth interviews, heuristic evaluations, concept validation, focus groups, competitive reviews, participatory designs, and surveys.
  • Experience or expertise in the impact of technology on society, ethics, inclusive design, and accessibility
  • Experience with Human-Computer Interaction as it applies to Mixed Reality and AI experiences
  • Strong understanding and experience in the scientific method as it applies to commercial, consumer, and public sector experience development, design of experiments, and creative generative research approaches.
  • Ability to balance strong empathy for users with the vision and constraints of business and engineering stakeholders
  • Qualitative and quantitative data gathering, analysis, and insight discovery capability.
  • A high tolerance for ambiguity and change.
  • Excellent communication, design, and problem-solving skills

Microsoft is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws, regulations and ordinances. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please send a request via the Accommodation request form.

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What you’ll do

  • Plan and execute multi-method user research with target customer segments across public, commercial and consumer groups, discovering unmet needs, activating insights into actionable, measurable outcomes that solve human problems, leveraging Mixed Reality and AI experiences.
  • Discover future business opportunities and influence product strategy through identifying unmet user needs and new applications of our technologies to meet those needs.
  • Support identified new opportunities, as they arise and as needed, balancing business motivations and end-user value.
  • Conduct research to support current products in development
  • Collaborate closely with product teams, Microsoft designers, PMs, engineers, and business developers to plan, execute, measure and report findings and insights through user studies, juries, and touch points.
  • Develop continuous improvement practices, leveraging the work of others, for efficient and effective research and insight delivery and communication into our experience designs, software, hardware, and human factors capabilities.
  • Communicate and evangelize research results to partner teams.
  • Develop repeatable practices that have been validated through previously shipped products.