Researcher / analyst
UXLabs is seeking a researcher / analyst for a 4-6 month government-funded project investigating the commercial feasibility of a new approach to search query formulation. The project will involve a programme of qualitative research involving end users and stakeholders from a variety of target sectors. It will also include a competitive analysis of alternative approaches to complex query formulation. The results will be used to identify key user tasks and goals, quantify market opportunities, and drive product development.
We are looking for applicants who are skilled in studying and understanding user behaviours, needs, and motivations through observation techniques, task analysis, and other feedback methodologies. An ideal candidate would also bring an understanding of commercial search and knowledge discovery applications, and be comfortable taking the initiative in delivering on an independent research project.
A competitive salary is available for the right candidate. UK based (Guildford / London preferred), remote and / or part-time working negotiable. Principals only please (no agencies / subcontractors).
- Skilled in using qualitative research techniques to understand user behaviours, needs, and motivations
- Background in human-computer interaction, psychology, information science or related social science discipline
- Experience with commercial search and knowledge discovery applications
- Excellent analysis and problem solving skills
- Excellent communication skills, verbal and written
- Aspiration to produce output of a scientifically-publishable standard
Please send enquiries and applications to: Dr. Tony Russell-Rose FBCS CITP, tgr AT uxlabs.co.uk
For further details see: http://uxlabs.co.uk/rd/
UXLabs provides research and design services to help organisations create user-centred interactive products and services. Our R&D program focuses on human-information interaction; in particular the challenges involved in understanding and modelling the context in which people interact with information systems and in developing novel interaction metaphors and technologies to apply that understanding. Much of our recent work has focussed on the challenges involved in searching, navigating and sense-making within complex information spaces. We have ongoing research collaborations with a variety of organisations, including Sheffield University’s iSchool, City University’s Centre for Interactive Systems Research, Essex University’s Language and Computation Group, and Glasgow University’s Information Retrieval group.