Thursday, September 4, 2008

Senior Usability Specialist, The MathWorks, Natick, MA

Company Description: The MathWorks is the leading developer and supplier of software for technical computing and Model-Based Design. Employing more than 1,900 people, The MathWorks was founded in 1984 and is headquartered in Natick, Massachusetts, with offices and representatives throughout the world. The company has been profitable every year since its inception and is privately held.

Over 1,000,000 engineers and scientists in more than 100 countries, on all seven continents, use MATLAB® and Simulink®. These products have become fundamental tools for work at the world's most innovative technology companies, government research labs, financial institutions, and at more than 3,500 universities.

MATLAB and Simulink users are making better and faster progress in vital areas; they are advancing our knowledge of the earth, the environment, and the universe; they are making our cars safer and more fuel efficient, and improving air travel safety; they are making our phone calls clearer and measurement devices more accurate; they are making advances in medical research and diagnostic techniques; they are searching for new sources of energy; and they are educating the next generation of scientists.
Job Description: Senior Usability Specialist

Job #: 6907-JS
Job Title: Senior Usability Specialist
Location: Natick MA
% Travel: None to Minimal
Area of Interest: Senior Usability Specialist

Job Summary
You will be responsible for leading user-centered design activities related to several MathWorks software applications. You will work with teams to understand their projects' user-centered design requirements, and then develop creative solutions for meeting those needs.

Make recommendations to team members about which usability methods to use to answer their questions about users and design directions based on their projects' needs, goals and constraints.
Work closely with the team members to help them develop user profiles and create task lists.
Help them create paper prototypes, and review online prototypes developed by others.
Run usability tests, conduct interviews and site visits, organize surveys, and complete any other usability assessments you think are appropriate.
Help the developers' record and interpret the results, and you will be responsible for making sure that the project team understands what users' feedback means and how to transform that feedback into actionable goals.
Help the team decide what to do about feedback, and will provide input for design decisions based on that feedback.

Apply: email your resume to

BA or MA in cognitive psychology, human factors, or related field, or equivalent experience
4-8 years as a usability engineer in software development, with direct experience with a variety of usability methods
Strong leadership skills
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
Ability to balance needs of a large number of concurrent projects
Knowledge of MathWorks products a plus
Knowledge of Perforce a plus

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