Human Factors Intern

Sony Electronics Inc - San Diego, CA4.1

Part-timeEstimated: $29,000 - $40,000 a year
EducationSkills
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The User Experience design (UX) Group of the Sony UX & SW center in San Diego has an opening for human factor engineering /user researcher position. We are looking for a creative researcher with passion for user experience and consumer products who can plan and conduct user research, analyze data, and propose unique, innovative, problem solving, user friendly yet sophisticated experience for Sony products. The UX Group is part of a multi-disciplinary team that designs user interfaces for many of Sony products. Our group gathers market and user requirements, creates scenarios, use cases, plan and conduct research, user test, create and propose user experience, document user interface specifications, and performs usability and benchmarking testing and analysis.

The ideal candidate will have extensive study with user-centered design of consumer products and usability evaluations at various stages of product development, with back ground of user research. He or she will have experience with effectively negotiating interactions with various stake holders such as designers, engineers, and business development. It is inevitable to have good visual presentation skill such as flash, photo shop, power point for quick prototyping for internal discussions and/or negotiation with related groups.

Responsibilities:
Primarily:
Conduct user research to examine and understand user’s needs
Design user experiments and collect/analyze quantitative and qualitative data.
Plan and conduct usability studies to evaluate new and existing products, and making constructive suggestions for change.
Conduct benchmarking studies of competitor products from a human interface standpoint.
Coordinate and/or conduct user test, analyze the result and report

Secondary:
Generate creative ideas and solutions
Generate scenarios and use cases to build information archtecutre.
Communicate with different teams and individuals, including marketing, product planners, hardware and software engineers, GUI designers, QA to define product user interface specifications
Mock up paper and Flash prototypes
Create user interface design specification documents.

Requirements:
Bachelors Degree (or higher) in Human Factors, Human-Computer Interaction, Product Design, interaction design or graphic design with demonstrated experience in an equivalent field min of 5 years
Demonstrated experience with developing user-friendly interfaces for embedded systems and consumer products is desirable but not required
Basic knowledge and hands on experience on, photo shop, illustrator, visio, power point, word, and excel.
A portfolio of user study or design /specification ( past project or create your own ) is required
A portfolio of past user study or design samples ( past designs or create your own ) is required

Desired Skills:
ability to focus on the customer’s needs
knowledge of basic interaction design/user-centered design principles
familiarity with UI industry standards for interface design and user testing methodologies
some experience with statistical analysis of user research
working knowledge of documentation tool for specification documents
ability to work independently and efficiently on complex projects
ability to deliver high quality work on tight schedules
careful attention to detail
strong verbal and written communication skills
ability to collaborate and work as a team
understanding for multi cultures

Sony Electronics is an Equal Opportunity Employer that values employees with a broad cross-cultural perspective. We strive to create an inclusive environment, empower employees and embrace diversity. We encourage everyone to respond. All applicants will receive fair and impartial treatment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, age, legally protected physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, status in the U.S. uniformed services, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information or on any other basis which is protected under applicable federal, state or local law.

Disability Accommodation for Applicants to Sony Electronics, Inc.

Sony Electronics, Inc. provides reasonable accommodation for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in job application procedures. For reasonable accommodation requests, please contact us by email at talenthelp@am.sony.com , or you can mail your resume to: Sony Electronics, Human Resources Department, 16535 Via Esprillo, San Diego CA 92127. Please indicate the position you are applying for.