IDEO Chicago is looking for Design Researchers who can lead teams in qualitative research across many different types of projects, including generative “blue sky” opportunity finding, nimble iterative loops of prototyping and user feedback, and qualitative studies that bring confidence and move ideas closer to market launch.
As an IDEO Design Researcher, you will work on multidisciplinary teams and use research findings to inform and inspire strategic decisions and design solutions for a variety of client organizations. You’ll translate research insights into powerful stories that shift hearts and minds and directly influence the final design.
IDEO creates positive impact through design. Our design work is based on insight generated by project teams, and Design Researchers lead the approach. Design Research at IDEO inspires design in a wide range of disciplines, and inspires clients to create human-centered impact. It’s at the heart of IDEO’s work.
Your primary role will be to discover and synthesize the diverse stories and insights that form the foundation for our designs, collaborating with your team and client and inspiring them with learning throughout the iterative design process. Although you may not lead every project you are on, as a project lead you will also be responsible for facilitating team progress and energy, project budget, and relationships with team guides and clients. Project leadership at IDEO means supporting teammates in their individual disciplines and finding opportunities for all to lead and contribute.
IDEO is a place unlike any other. At IDEO you can solve diverse, complex challenges alongside thoughtful, intelligent individuals who lead with curiosity, empathy, and optimism. Most of us feel that we get to do the best work of our lives at IDEO. Sure we work hard, but we also intentionally craft moments that allow our community to pause, create, and connect. We encourage our community to bring their whole selves to work, we respect the need for work-life balance, and we allow for autonomy in the design process and people’s career development.
If you identify with our values, are excited about great design, and would like to contribute to our studio, we would love to see your resume and example(s) of your work. Your work examples should include two projects you’ve worked on in a research capacity. Please use this as a way to showcase your communication skills, both visual and written. In your work examples, focus on:
We know that many of you are coming from fields outside of design. We think of design very broadly! So, include examples of products, services, programs, businesses, organizations, or other experiences to which your research has contributed.
IDEO is an equal opportunity employer; applicants are considered for all roles without regard to race, color, religious creed, sex, national origin, citizenship status, age, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, marital, parental, veteran or military status, unfavorable military discharge, or any other status protected by applicable federal, state or local law.