Senior UX Researcher - Evaluation and Experimentation, Apple Media Products

Seattle, WA 98104
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Posted: Aug 14, 2021

Weekly Hours: 40

Role Number:200272706

The Apple Media Products Engineering team is one of the most exciting examples of Apple's long-held passion for...Summary


Posted: Aug 14, 2021

Weekly Hours: 40

Role Number:200272706

The Apple Media Products Engineering team is one of the most exciting examples of Apple's long-held passion for combining art and technology. These are the people who power the App Store, Apple TV, Apple Music, Apple Podcasts, and Apple Books. And they do it on a massive scale, meeting Apple's high expectations with high performance to deliver a huge variety of entertainment in over 35 languages to more than 150 countries.

The Apple Media Products Experimentation team is looking for a Senior User Study Researcher to design, coordinate, execute, and monitor human-centered studies which enable the development and validation of machine learning models.

User Study Researchers work to answer the most challenging questions in design. In this role, you will reveal what our users need from our products by conducting primary research, exploring the behaviors and motivations of our users, and working with teams of Data Scientists, Product Managers, Engineers, and others to develop new evaluation methodologies and user research studies. You'll inspire change at all stages of product development by delivering exciting oral, written and visual presentations about our findings. Most importantly, your job as a researcher is to help the Experimentation team understand what would make a user's experiences feel more intuitive, accessible, fun-and even magical!

With considerable experience, you evaluate all the features contributing to user experience, providing expertise, collaborating internally and occasionally leading projects. You contribute new processes and identify product and use requirements.

You will combine skills in experimental design, statistical analysis, programming, and human-computer interaction to shape the product and research direction for products used and loved by all Apple customers. As a key member of our team, you will be leading our design and research on user focused evaluation.

You will identify and quantify problems, and embark on new research areas worth exploring through innovative methods by applying principles of rigorous and ethical research to build and improve products that satisfy users' needs and exceed their expectations.

Key Qualifications

  • At least 8+ years of experience conducting primary and secondary research in User Experience or human factors
  • Generate hypotheses and develop research plans for quantitative or mixed quantitative/qualitative research into user behaviors of in-person and remote research projects with users
  • Ability to formulate and advocate for R&D objectives and results to cross-functional team members including executive business leadership and product management
  • Knowledge of product development process for both hardware and software products, including data driven algorithm development process
  • Proficient in data management and data visualization, with an ability to prioritize and communicate multi-dimensional information
  • Ability to write technical documents including study instructions, operating procedures and training documents for study moderators
  • Proven success mentoring and advising accomplished researchers on quantitative techniques, problem solving approaches
  • Identify meaningful patterns and correlate signals to provide a coherent research insight and develop code and statistical models to analyze large-scale data sets and understand user behaviors
  • Transform research findings into recommendations for the design and product management teams. Inspire change by communicating findings to stakeholders in the company
  • Preferred qualification: Established contributor and/or reviewer of research for top conferences and publications, ideally attracting invited talks and submissions to such


Lead the innovation agenda for a rapidly growing, unique experimentation research team

Examine existing data, product designs, and prior research to identify research gaps.

Work on unusually complex technical problems, providing solutions that are highly innovative and inventive, impacting Apple and/or industry

Review state-of-the-art research relevant to problems machine learning teams are working on, and determine approaches to apply that research to our work

Find opportunities to improve the capabilities we deliver in terms of revenue and profitability, performance, explainability, stability, robustness, etc.

Work with team leadership to set research and development roadmap to deliver benefit to Experimentation, designing and suggesting improvements across multiple domains

Participate and lead Apple internal Data Science & Machine learning interest groups, meet ups, and conferences

Communicate at all levels of the company, presenting hypotheses, proposals, and experimental results, and making valuable contributions to the discussion of such contributions from colleagues in internal, Apple wide, and external professional settings

Lead the team to take well-considered risks in our pursuit of solutions to difficult technical problems

Navigate across Apple, pulling in peers where needed and providing valuable expertise across the company

Education & Experience

Masters or PhD in Psychology, Cognitive Science, Human-Computer Interaction or related field

Additional Requirements

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Senior UX Researcher - Evaluation and Experimentation, Apple Media Products

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Seattle, WA 98104

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