Cardiff Metropolitan University is one of the UK’s most progressive new Universities, with around 10,000 students based at its two campuses in Cardiff. It consistently ranks in the top ten per cent of UK higher education institutions for graduate start-ups per student, and this spirit of innovation and enterprise lies at the heart of the University. Programmes and research are undertaken across five key Schools: Art and Design; Education and Social Policy; Sport and Health Sciences; Management; and Technologies. The University is part way through an ambitious strategic plan to 2023 that will see it concentrating on enhanced student outcomes with growth in international activities, disciplinary breadth and overall scale. The University prides itself on the role that translational research plays in enhancing the student experience.
PDR the International Centre for Design and Research is a major award winning, multidisciplinary design consultancy and research centre with a global client base. With extensive facilities and capabilites across many design and advanced prototyping and manufacturing we undertake work with companies from across the UK, Europe, the Far East and US.
Participate in the planning and facilitation of a wide range of qualitative design research methods. This includes in depth interviews, diary studies, usability testing, in context observation and others.
Support senior staff in identifying appropriate research questions and methods with internal and client teams to deliver high quality, ethical and efficient user research.
Contribute to gathering and analysis of research data through collection of notes, transcription of interviews and taking part in collaborative analysis sessions.
Participate in the identification of research insights and translation into product and service design concepts, visualising and communicating these effectively to other team members.
Develop design concepts for products and services in collaboration with internal PDR and external client teams, through strong visual communication, effective use of prototyping and demonstrated understanding of relevant sector and design best practice.
Working alongside other team members to meet with key client contacts, maintain effective client communication to ensure projects are delivered successfully and maintain client satisfaction.
Degree in Product / Industrial Design, Usability Engineering, Interaction Design, Psychology or related subject.
Knowledge of different user research methods inc. Interviews, usability studies, diary studies, observation and similar.
Knowledge of role of research and prototyping within design process
Knowledge of fundamental principles of using research to understand human behaviour in relation to products and services.
Ability to identify most important research findings from complex data and translate into early stage design concepts.
Experience in planning and executing user research methods as part of design projects.
Experience developing design concepts as a response to user research insights
Experience working collaboratively with multidisciplinary teams to solve complex problems.
Willingness to travel internationally.
When applying for this position please submit a CV, portfolio and a covering letter explaining how you meet all of the essential criteria is attached.
Closing Date: Sunday 16th August 2020, 16:30 pm.
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