Human Factors Researcher

Mountain View, CA
Posted on:
January 14, 2022

Minimum qualifications:

  • Master's degree in Human Factors or related field with an emphasis on Ergonomics or equivalent practical experience.
  • 2 years of Consumer Hardware research experience as a Human Factor Researcher or related role in industry/academic settings.
  • Experience with applied statistics in one or more programming languages for data and computational statistics (e.g., R, MATLAB).

Preferred qualifications:

  • Experience executing and shaping research programs within teams.
  • Experience working with qualitative/quantitative researchers, on strategic research contributions, and research with a long shelf-life.
  • Experience working with anthropometric database and in quantifying the biomechanics of hands, fingers, grip, and hand gestures.
  • Ability to work with cross-functional partnerships.
  • Excellent quantitative research, as well as written and verbal communication skills.

About The Job

Our mission is to empower anyone to create and access information freely by making computing fast, simple, secure, and intelligent.

As a Human Factors Researcher, you will set the research strategy affecting original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and hardware/software roadmaps. You will be working alongside leadership, product managers, designers, and engineering in daily aspects of product ideation, definition, design, launch, and beyond. You will be working at the tactical, foundational, and strategic levels, influencing product direction and definition.

User experience is at the forefront of how we create intuitive, innovative, and beautiful products that people love. We strive to learn and understand our users’ needs, behaviors, and emotions to gather insights that inform product strategy and design. Our UX teams include designers, researchers, content strategists, and engineers who are passionate about quality, usability, and simplicity. We work on collaborative teams to solve complex challenges and craft experiences that highlight our products’ unique capabilities and personalities. Our work touches billions while exemplifying a key principle that is core to Google’s philosophy: “Focus on the user and all else will follow.”


  • Conduct qualitative and quantitative research and task analysis to collect differing data to research the interaction between humans and products.
  • Utilize human engineering tools and methods (e.g., physical ergonomics, anthropometry, biomechanics, usability evaluation, statistical techniques, task/workload analysis).
  • Collaborate with product, design, quantitative research, and engineering to solve problems, influence product/design direction, and prioritize user experience research questions in line with overall product strategy.
  • Inspire change at all stages of product development by delivering exciting verbal, written, and visual presentations.
  • Identify opportunities for research and strategy and execute on them; use data to set specs for system performance.

Google is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity or Veteran status. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. See also Google's EEO Policy and EEO is the Law. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please let us know by completing our Accommodations for Applicants form .

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