Junior/Mid-Weight Games User Researcher (Montréal, CA)

We’re seeking passionate candidates for Junior and Mid-Weight Games UX Researchers in our new Montreal studio. Player Research are offering a unique opportunity to get involved in the next and most exciting chapter of our company development, as part of the Keywords Studios family.

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Job title: Junior/Mid-Weight Games User Researcher

Location: Montreal, Canada

Reports to: Company Director

Salary: Competitive, depending on experience

Player Research are the world’s leading independent video games user research and playtesting studio. We provide award-winning research services to the video games industry across the globe, including expert playtesting, usability reviews, play diaries and so much more. As a part of the Keywords Studios family we’re excited to be expanding to additional regions globally, bringing our passion for accessible and actionable games UX research to Canada and North America from our new studio in Montreal.

To learn more about Player Research read our reasons to work with us.

Responsibilities

As a Junior or Mid-Weight Game UX Researcher at Player Research you will be preparing, conducting and reporting upon research in our state-of-the-art facilities in Montreal. By working with our team of experienced Senior Researchers you’ll be analysing and evaluating pre-release video games to aid studios with their playability, accessibility, usability and maximising enjoyment for their players. You’ll be expected to learn, conduct and master the research processes we’ve designed, eventually growing to lead projects and client relationships.

Taking part in all aspects of the user research and playtesting process including recruitment, technical setup, meeting and greeting participants, behavioural analysis, recording/reporting of the players’ experiences, presentation of results via report and in person, and other research related activities

Skilling-up with a broad range of user research methods including (but not limited to) playtesting, usability testing, interviews, surveys, heuristic evaluations, group discussions and playdiaries

Write and edit research reports, provide design suggestions based on observation, research, and your own relevant expertise

Communicate directly and work on-site with clients as a consultant

Help find ways for Player Research to do better, in everything we do

Anything else you feel you can do that will contribute to the growth of both yourself and Player Research globally

Applicant Profile

MUST HAVE:

An academic background in Human-Computer Interactions (HCI), Computer Science, Psychology or similar fields, or work experience to an equivalent level

A robust understanding of research methodologies and principles of good interaction design

A boundless enthusiasm for playing and understanding video games, user research and player experience. You should be playing a wide variety of game genres on all platforms

Adaptable and actively seeks to learn new things, always looking for new ideas and solutions

Strong interpersonal communication – both written and verbal to ensure the maximum impact of your work

The ability to translate research findings into actionable next steps. The ability to work under pressure, and with short timescales

Legal right to work in Canada

IDEALLY HAS:

At least one year experience conducting user research for video games, or two years’ experience conducting user research for websites or apps

Knowledge of statistics, programming, graphic design, video/audio production, or any other relevant fields

Fluent English, ideally bilingual with French this is not a requirement

Above all, applicants should be approachable, resourceful, quick to learn, and be ready to work in video gaming’s most exciting and fastest moving domain: making games better through playtesting and user research.

To Apply

For speculative applications please send us a CV and a covering letter to hiring@playerresearch.com.

Stand out and be passionate. Good luck.

Player Research are hiring a Senior Games User Researcher for a newly-established Canadian presence in Montreal.