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Quantitative Design Researcher

In a nutshell:

IDEO San Francisco is in search of a Quantitative Design Researcher who is well-versed in both quantitative and qualitative research methods who will inform design, innovation, and strategy across a broad spectrum of client projects in IDEO’s Design for Food team.

Why is this role important for IDEO’s work?

A Quantitative Design Researcher makes the biggest impact by seamlessly integrating quantitative research methods into the wider design research process. This person is able to analyze existing data sets, as well as create new ones to generate insights for design. They are responsible for structuring human-centered research and leading multidisciplinary internal and client teams through designing quantitative research plans, designing quantitative research activities and tools, communicating with data-driven clients, conducting fieldwork, leveraging other available data sources, and otherwise finding smart ways to augment qualitative insights with quantitative backing.

Experience and confidence leading qualitative research and a demonstrated ability to establish empathy with participants in a variety of contexts is advantageous.

Interest and some experience with, but not necessarily deep expertise in data science is a bonus.

Once here you will: 

  • Use quantitative data and insights to inform the design
  • Teach others about data
  • Develop mixed-method research approaches to innovate on common market research practices
  • Tell stories with data

Relevant experience:

  • Hold a degree in decision sciences, statistics, marketing research, design research, anthropology, sociology, or other research-heavy life sciences
  • Experience with questionnaire design, sample design and data visualization
  • Experience with quickly cleaning, analyzing and making sense of large, complex data sets
  • Experience designing and executing research plans—integrating both qualitative and quantitative research methods
  • Experience bringing data to life via visualizations and storytelling
  • Excellent at making data human and sharing results simultaneously to those with and without deep quantitative experience
  • Management of 20+ large-scale research studies in an industry (versus academic) setting

You have worked with several types of the following research methods:

  • Survey design and analysis, including coding of online surveys using Qualtrics, or similar systems
  • Sample design, including the creation or acquisition of panels
  • Standardized concept testing, e.g. BASES
  • Experimental methods (lab or natural)
  • Web analytics and analysis
  • Measurement design
  • Helpful but not required are experience with semantic and/or network analysis or advanced statistical analysis (e.g. familiarity with SPSS, Stata, R, Sawtooth, Python)

What does IDEO offer you?

IDEO is a place unlike any other. It’s a place where you can solve diverse, complex challenges for our clients or the organization, alongside thoughtful, intelligent individuals who lead with curiosity, empathy, and optimism. 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, respect the need for work-life balance, and allow for autonomy in the design process and your career.

Application requirements and instructions:

Along with a resume and cover letter, please include a portfolio or sample of your work that you think is most applicable to this role. For each project, please be clear about what you were trying to learn, what you did learn, how you communicated the results and the specific nature of your role. 

Equal Opportunity Employer

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.