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App User Experience Researcher

App User Experience Researcher

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Temporary Full-Time
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Laboratory Research Sciences

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Cures Start Here. At Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, home to three Nobel laureates, interdisciplinary teams of world-renowned scientists seek new and innovative ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening diseases. Fred Hutch’s pioneering work in bone marrow transplantation led to the development of immunotherapy, which harnesses the power of the immune system to treat cancer with minimal side effects. An independent, nonprofit research institute based in Seattle, Fred Hutch houses the nation’s first and largest cancer prevention research program, as well as the clinical coordinating center of the Women’s Health Initiative and the international headquarters of the HIV Vaccine Trials Network. Careers Start Here.


The Tobacco and Health Behavior Science Research Group (led by Dr. Jonathan Bricker) is part of the Cancer Prevention Program in the Division of Public Health Sciences at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Our research includes a focus on testing innovative behavioral interventions to change unhealthy behaviors (e.g., smoking). Our group is now conducting several clinical trials to test a new form of therapy, called Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, to help people quit smoking.


We are looking to add to our team a UX researcher passionate and curious about the topic of mobile health interventions to be responsible for leading UX research of mHealth applications, and translating findings into actionable design decisions. Your expertise in research and strategy will help the team provide the best user experience for users. The ideal candidate will have experience in motivational and/or behavioral UX research experience preferred. This role is full time, on-site, to start immediately.


  • Lead the UX research on the design of new, and redesign of existing, mHealth apps for specific target populations
  • Lead and grow a UX research/design team, including professionals and student interns
  • Own research responsibilities on UX research and design projects, manage day-to-day work flow while maintaining project timelines and deliverables, with a high level of self-sufficiency – from beginning design concept to end product
  • Design and conduct variety of user research methods for mHealth interventions to meet team needs, ranging from formative to evaluative research
  • Work closely with both internal and external UX/UI Designers, as well as other internal collaborators on specific projects
  • Contribute to the design by creating personas, writing scenarios/stories/journeys
  • Provide expert evaluations, such as heuristic evaluation
  • Lead and contribute to brainstorming and cross-team collaboration sessions
  • Clearly communicate progress, design recommendations, and feedback to larger team of both designers and non-designers
  • Remain aware of advances in the field and apply them appropriately
  • Attend ongoing in-person meetings with the research team


  • Min. of Master’s degree in relevant field such as HCDE, HCI, Psychology, Anthropology, or closely related field
  • Min. of 1-2 years professional experience in UX Research or related job
  • Strong portfolio demonstrating thought process surrounding research design and impact of research
  • Ability to navigate in complex and ambiguous topics and comfort with working in a flexible manner
  • Has the patience and persistence needed to iteratively test designs
  • Strong knowledge and comfort with the user centered design, usability, and interaction design principles
  • Demonstrated quantitative and qualitative analysis skills pertinent to UX Research
  • Ability to collaborate with and communicate ideas to interdisciplinary scientific team
  • A passion for tobacco cessation and/or health-related behavior change applications is desired.
  • An interest in behavioral interventions is desired.
  • Comfort interacting with and interviewing patients and clinicians is desired.