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Human Factors Practitioners
HumanCentric Technologies Inc.
Cary, NC + Chicago, IL + San Diego, CA, USA

ABOUT THIS OPPORTUNITY

Want to work for a company with a unique corporate culture that encourages you to take your talents and ideas to their fullest potential? HumanCentric is the place to consider.

HumanCentric is a company dedicated to assisting its clients in developing compelling user interfaces through the application of skill sets in Human Factors, Design Research, Industrial Design, and Graphic and Interaction Design. Employees are the foundation of our friendly and casual atmosphere, and our professionals enjoy a workplace that strives to maintain the highest level of design, research, and business standards. You will enjoy a dynamic, collaborative, and exciting workplace with the opportunity to grow and experience a variety of projects, products, systems, and industries.

When we Think Design, we Think Human.

ABOUT THIS POSITION

Location: Headquarters in Cary, North Carolina and regional positions in Chicago and San Diego

Experience and Education Required: 3 years/Bachelor's Degree; 2 years Master's Degree

Travel Required: Approximately 20%

We are seeking multiple enthusiastic and qualified Human Factors ("HF") practitioners to augment the existing team of strong in-house HF staff. Our clients include companies in the areas of high-tech consumer electronics, medical devices and health-related fields, ground transportation, financial services, software and web development, and consumer products. A well-rounded HF practitioner will work closely with clients to infuse human factors principles into products, devices, and systems being designed. In addition, s/he will conduct competitive analyses, heuristic analyses, and formative and summative usability testing of various soft and hard interfaces. This position requires a classically trained, experienced HF Engineer, HF Specialist, or similar who is a self-motivated HF practitioner with excellent time management skills, excellent design skills, and strong presentation skills. Some travel is an exciting part of this position and experience with consulting is a plus. Experience in mobile phone UI design is a strong plus.

Job Level Duties

Job duties include working closely with HumanCentric and client teams by:

  • Providing expertise and support to development teams during creation of user interfaces.
  • Rapidly, iteratively, and flexibly creating:
    • Flow charts of task flows or information architecture
    • Design schematics
    • Wire-frames of designs
    • Paper and Interactive prototypes
    • User Interface Specifications
    • Usability test protocols and moderation
  • Driving usability evaluation efforts, when applicable, with the goal of analyzing and translating usability evaluation outcomes into design improvements.
  • Understanding product requirements and user's goals and objectives.
  • Conceptualizing and creating user interface specifications that meet the product requirements of both clients and the clients' customers. Products must meet user, technical, and creative expectations.

Job Requirements

The Human Factors Practitioner candidate should have:

  • 3+ years of relevant, on-the-job experience with a Bachelor's degree.
  • Confidence in one's capability and a strong commitment to excellence and professionalism.
  • Experience working in a team environment.
  • Experience working on a variety of soft and hard interface types.
  • The ability to work on more than one project at a time.
  • A willingness to embrace new technologies in an ever-changing technological environment.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills allowing them to effectively communicate complex specifications.
  • Solid experience with user research, requirement gathering, and information architecture.
  • Experience planning and conducting usability tests.
  • Willingness to work with teams often located in remote geographical locations and time zones.

The Ideal Candidate should have:

  • An advanced degree in HCI, Human Factors, or closely related discipline with 3+ years work experience.
  • A working understanding of HCI processes, techniques, and deliverables.
  • Competency with UI design Standards, Needs Assessments, Heuristic analyses/Expert Review, Paper Prototyping and Wireframing, and Statistical Analyses.
  • Solid experience with user research, requirement gathering, and information architecture.
  • Strong analytical skills permitting the understanding of complex concepts and production of complex specifications.

ABOUT HUMANCENTRIC

HumanCentric (www.humancentrictech.com) is a rapidly growing company. We help companies to understand how a person interacts with products and within systems and then translates that understanding into opportunities. We provide improved product designs as well as new product ideas. Enhancing the user's experiences is what we do by combining human factors, design research, industrial design, and graphic and interaction design. We positively impact the lives our users, and in the process, become a catalyst for our client's business.

We offer an open-door policy in order to ensure a successful and productive relationship and our policies and practices aim to accommodate every employee's busy schedule. To this end, we have flexible office hours to meet the needs of parents, students and families. We also hosts several social gatherings throughout the year that include both employees and their families, as well as regular engage in activities and support local and nationally-recognized charitable organizations.

We offer a comprehensive benefits package and are fully committed to equal employment opportunity for all employees and applicants for employment. All hiring and promotion decisions are based on individual merit, qualifications, and competence as they relate to the particular position and we make every effort to provide reasonable accommodations to assist disabled individuals in performing their jobs.

TO APPLY

Please submit your resume to Melissa Vaughn at mvaughn@humancentrictech.com.

Received: 01-Sep-06

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