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Senior UX Researcher

software research and engineering | Palo Alto, CA | Full Time

Job Description

Senior UX Researcher

About the Job

PARC's Innovation Services Group is looking for a dynamic design/experience researcher to work with PARC UX designers, technology researchers and software and hardware development teams and conduct a range of UX research for a wide range of Fortune 500 clients. You'll work on teams with designers and technologists to explore the impact of new technologies for our clients. Because of the exploratory nature of PARC's work, our user research ranges from formative to evaluative, and from ethnography to usability, and many things in between. Our ideal candidate is comfortable with a range of qualitative and quantitative research methodologies, mixing methods as needed and working on multiple projects simultaneously in a fast-paced, agile environment. For this position, we are open to a range of expertise and backgrounds, from qualitative specialists to methodological generalists, with broad skills in qualitative and design research methods and an understanding of quantitative concepts. This position is based in our Palo Alto office.


  • Work closely with stakeholder teams to identify research topics
  • Plan, manage and execute UX studies that address user attitudes and behavior
  • Generate insights that fuel ideation and evaluate design concepts
  • Independently plan and conduct research using a wide variety of qualitative and quantitative methods from ethnographic field observation to the occasional survey
  • Work cross-functionally with user experience and service designers, research scientists, technologists, marketing, software developers and hardware engineers
  • Recruit participants and field sites by the project scope and objectives, working through client contacts or with outside recruiting agencies[
  • Schedule travel to field sites and manage all project costs per scope and approved budget[
  • Present research plans to PARC's Institutional Review Board for approval
  • Creatively communicate results and deliver high-quality research reports and deliverables
  • Mentor junior UX Researchers and UX Designers on the team within and across active projects (up to 20% of time)
  • Participate in and support revenue generating activities, including client-facing discussions and negotiations around funded project work (up to 20% of time)

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in user research, qualitative marketing research, or a human behavior related field (HCI, Psychology, Social Science, Information Science, etc.); Ph.D. degree preferred
  • 8+ years experience in applied user field research
  • 4+ years of conducting commercial UX research
  • 4+ years of client-facing experience
  • Active listening, observation, and analytical skills
  • Command of a broad set of qualitative and quantitative user research methods
  • Ability to ask, as well as answer, meaningful and impactful questions
  • Excellent project management skills (scheduling, organizing, risk management, problem-solving)
  • Excellent multi-tasking and time management skills
  • Ability to be self-motivated and independent, as well as the capacity to flourish in an ambiguous or under-specified work context while creating substantial value for our clients and PARC
  • Ability to travel domestically 10-30% is required; ability to travel out-of-country strongly preferred
  • Comfort participating in research that spans a variety of technical backgrounds, from chemistry and nanotechnology to conversational AI and geometric reasoning

Highly desirable

  • Experience researching for[
    • consumer and industrial hardware
    • service design
    • AI (machine learning, planning, computer vision, etc.)
    • data science for business intelligence
    • office and workplace practices
  • 3+ years project management/coordination experience (multiple concurrent project experience strongly preferred)
  • 3+ years of working in a corporate or large-business environment
  • Ability to work with video a plus but not mandatory
  • Experience working in multi-cultural or cross-cultural contexts
  • Experience mentoring or managing small teams is strongly desired


We offer a very competitive salary package and full benefits (medical, dental, vision, life & disability insurance, 401K. PARC also strives for the best possible work-life balance, so employees benefit from maternity, paternity and adoption leave, as well as a variety of flexible working options. PARC employees enjoy the use of onsite health & fitness center and collegial dining at our onsite cafeteria.  The PARC campus is in a spacious modern building in close proximity to the resources and opportunities of Silicon Valley and benefits from nearby leading universities such as Stanford and Berkeley. It is also close to many amenities, top schools, and outdoor activities (see PARC provides a highly diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer (see

About PARC

PARC, a Xerox company, is in the Business of Breakthroughs®. Practicing open innovation, we provide custom R&D services, technology, expertise, best practices, and intellectual property to Fortune 500 and Global 1000 companies, startups, and government agencies and partners. We create new business options, accelerate time to market, augment internal capabilities, and reduce risk for our clients.

Since its inception, PARC has pioneered many technology platforms – from the Ethernet and laser printing to the GUI and ubiquitous computing – and has enabled the creation of many industries. Incorporated as an independent, wholly owned subsidiary of Xerox in 2002, PARC today continues the research that enables breakthroughs for our clients' businesses.

PARC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion or  belief, sex, age, national origin, citizenship status, marital status, military/veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical or mental disability or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws.  People with disabilities who need a reasonable accommodation to apply or compete for employment with PARC should contact PARC Human Resources.