Research Scientist (HCI/UX)
This exciting and important role is placed within BBC Research and Development, which has a worldwide reputation for helping create many key broadcast technologies over the last 50 years. Most of the research work undertaken involves new technologies that are expected to roll out over the next five years. The work requires both in depth theoretical knowledge and a practical approach to potential deployment.
User Experience Research Scientists are inventive experts and creative problem solvers that help the BBC use cutting-edge technology to create successful experiences for users - whether those users are production colleagues who need the very best craft tools, or members of our diverse audience, with a range of aspirations and requirements. We research and model the behaviour, perception and capabilities of people to ensure that the BBC makes absolutely the best use of new technology in creating experiences.
The Ideal Candidate
- A good degree (2:1 or equivalent) in Human Computer Interaction, Interaction Design, Design Research, Psychology or a closely related subject; or demonstrable equivalent knowledge and experience. Experience or training must include experimental design, as well as some knowledge of user behaviours associated with media navigation & consumption.
- We require at least 2 years professional experience of HCI and/or user-experience research in the digital media sector or closely related field.
- Demonstrable experience of interaction design for digital media platforms, an interest in user interface and interaction technology.
- Experience of using software packages to demonstrate innovative ideas and basic visual design skills, through wireframes, flowcharts and screen layouts.
- Demonstrable experience of current and emerging techniques for user experience based research, such as qualitative & quantitative research methods, card sorting, participatory design, data mapping, alongside basic methods to assess usability.
- Demonstrable understanding of the range of accessibility needs of users, and techniques to assess and meet them.
- Demonstrable ability to identify, refine and resolve important and transformational problems and research questions in interaction with technology; using inventiveness, creativity and scientific work of the highest quality.
- Ability and enthusiasm for developing her / his own original solutions and approaches to technical challenges.
- Experience of working effectively in a team or within a collaborative environment, and demonstrable networking skills.