Senior Research Associate (UX Design Research)
Company: San Jose State University Research Foundation
Location: San Jose
Posted on: October 18, 2019
Position: Senior Research Associate (UX
DEPARTMENT: Research will be done under the auspices of the
Department at San Jos State University
IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR: Project Director
POSTING DATE: May 3, 2019
CLOSING DATE: Posted Until Filled
SALARY: Negotiable based on experience plus excellent benefits
EXEMPT STATUS: Exempt (Salary)
GENERAL NATURE OF POSITION:
Do you want to help support NASA s missions, but don t want to go
through astronaut training camp? Do
you like making a difference in the world and want to help progress
the vision of NASA? We work for the
San Jose State University Research Foundation in a partnership with
NASA through grant funding.
The Psychology Department at San Jose State University is involved
in collaborative research with civil
service scientists from the Human-Computer Interaction (HCI)
Research group of the Human Systems
Integration Division at the NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain
View, CA. The research is centered
on the development, design and testing of next-generation mission
ground-systems for NASA s space
We seek a Senior Research Associate who will design, manage, and
deploy research and modeling tools
using established HCI design principles including prototype design
and development support under the
Exploration Systems Directorate (ESD) program milestones. This
person will also be responsible for day-
to-day management of software project documentation, project
management, and project negotiation with
members of the NASA engineering disciplines across Agency
Our work environment is very open, collaborative and welcoming; we
are a diverse and tight-knit team.
We believe that fostering a comfortable workplace for everyone is
important! Our team values a healthy
approach to our work, from providing adjustable desks to
maintaining a balanced work-life schedule. You
will contribute to our wide diversity of skills and incorporate new
ideas into our environment
ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
1) Collaborate on the day-to-day software development effort and
maintenance operations of the
production instances of the Mission Assurance Systems and Dig-IT
(Data Integration Information
Technology). This includes describing desired functionality,
assessing bugs, and completing tasks
with an eye for keeping large/complex deliverables scalable and on
2) Conduct field research including contextual inquiry, interviews,
in situ observation, need
validation, usability testing, task analysis, and to identify and
communicate user, task, and
3) Run usability tests including creating interactive prototypes,
analyzing data, and making updates
4) Prepare presentations of research findings and demonstrations of
technical solutions to NASA
5) Translate user research findings into designs; review designs
with stakeholders; work with the
development and QA team to describe design specification; create
design specification documents
6) Participate in a rigorous and iterative peer design review
process in order to generate compelling
prototypes grounded in HCI methods.
7) Contribute to the deployment of timely and high-quality
production web applications.
8) Support the quality assurance of production applications by
working with a team of testers.
9) Contribute to the design of the evolving component library that
can be utilized in making more
consistent and efficient designs for the re-architecture
1) Reports to the Project Director.
2) Interacts with NASA Ames civil service and Foundation research
staff, including student
assistants, on a daily basis.
1) Education and Experience
a) Bachelor s degree in Computer Science, Psychology, Human
Computer Interaction or related
discipline is required. Master s degree preferred.
b) 2 or more years experience in software development, usability
testing, human computer
interaction, and other relevant skills preferred.
2) Knowledge, Skills, Abilities required
a) Excellent human-computer interface research, design and
b) Working knowledge of cognitive psychology and human factors
c) Ability to lead user debriefing.
d) Ability to organize and analyze data.
e) Strong verbal and written communication skills.
f) Ability to integrate a culturally- and organizationally-diverse
research and development team.
g) Ability to work both as a member of a team and independently, as
3) Physical Requirements
a) Must be willing to travel domestically and internationally.
b) Located at the NASA Ames Research Center. Therefore, the
employee must meet
security qualifications for entrance to the Center.
c) Employee will be a US citizen or a Permanent Resident.
4) Complexity of Duties
a) Exercises independent judgment in the management and completion
of diverse and
complex set of tasks.
The comprehensive benefit package includes:
a) Nine Health Insurance Plans to choose from
b) Free dental and vision for employee and family
c) Paid Federal and State Holidays
d) Retirement Plan: 403 (b) employee contribution plan component
and a 403 (b) employee
e) Vacation and separate sick plans
f) Employee Discounts
g) Paid Training and Conferences
h) Increases based on merit (performance)
None, though may be called upon for advice and direction by
To apply for this position, an applicant must submit a formal
application for employment, as well as a
resume and a cover letter. The applicant may do this via e-mail or
by regular mail. The formal
employment application is located at
It may also be obtained from the Research Foundation through its
web site at
An applicant may also apply in person by visiting the Research
Foundation, located at 210 North 4th Street, 4th
Floor, San Jose, CA (corner of St. James and North 4th Streets).
Please address your formal application, your
resume and your letter of interest directly to:
San Jose State University Research Foundation
Attn: HR/Job Code NASA SRA UX
210 North 4th Street
San Jose, CA 95112
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