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Senior Researcher, Platform

Slack is hiring a Senior Researcher who will be based in our San Francisco office. This researcher will work with our Platform team and help design the future of Slack apps. Just like Slack connects people, apps connect teams with all the tools they need to make their working lives simpler, more pleasant, and more productive. In this role, you will lead research efforts partnering with stakeholders in product, design, analytics, developer relations, business development and PMM. This role will involve working both with our end customers as well as the developers who are building on top of our platform. If you’re excited about the opportunity to grow the platform, please apply!

The Research team aims to improve product value throughout the entire customer experience by understanding the how and why of team workflows, communication processes and cultures. To do this, we provide research at every stage of the product development cycle, and as a researcher, you are embedded in a product vertical alongside a team of designers, PMs, engineers, and other cross-functional partners. In addition to conducting many different types of practical and impactful research, you are also excited about helping to build and maintain the strong user-centered culture at Slack.

Our work ranges from formative to evaluative, with everything in between. The right candidates will be strong researchers, excellent communicators, passionate about technology, comfortable in a flat, fast-moving organization, excited to collaborate, and focused squarely on impacting the design of Slack. You'll help us conduct best-in-class research in order to better deliver on Slack’s mission: to make your working life simpler, more pleasant and more productive.

Responsibilities

  • Gather and prioritize key questions from product, design, engineering, and developer relations teams.
  • Plan and conduct practical and impactful research throughout the entire product cycle, to answer the questions posed above.
  • Gather insights about customers and developers from a variety of research methods, including surveys, interviews, diary studies and usability studies.
  • Analyze qualitative and quantitative results and convey those insights to the appropriate people in the most engaging and actionable manner.
  • Work closely with the product teams to help them use research insights to make Slack better.
  • Work closely with other insights teams to tell a cohesive story about our Platform.
  • Act as an internal evangelist for customer and product research.

Requirements

  • Masters or PhD in Human-Computer Interaction, Sociology, Psychology, Information Science, Computer Science (or similar), or equivalent experience
  • 5+* years industry experience
  • 3+ years platform research experience
  • Experience with qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis
  • Experience managing projects involving cross-functional teams
  • Highly effective collaborator and communicator
  • Willingness to "get your hands dirty" doing a wide variety of research-related tasks, including recruiting participants

*Through trial and error we've learned that people don't apply unless we provide a guideline. But what’s more important to us than a number are the experiences you’ve had, and the skills you’ve developed, regardless of the length of time it took you to get where you are. Have 20+ years? Awesome, please apply. Have only 2 years, but feel you meet the requirements above? Great, please apply.

 


Slack is the collaboration hub of choice for companies of all sizes, all across the world. By using Slack, they ensure that the right people are always in the loop, that key information is always at their fingertips, and new team members can get up to speed easily. With Slack, teams are better connected.

Launched in February 2014, Slack is the fastest growing business application ever and is used by thousands of teams and millions of users every day. We currently have nine offices worldwide, in San Francisco, Vancouver, Dublin, Melbourne, New York, London, Tokyo, Toronto and Denver.

Ensuring a diverse and inclusive workplace where we learn from each other is core to Slack's values. We welcome people of different backgrounds, experiences, abilities and perspectives. We are an equal opportunity employer and a pleasant and supportive place to work. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

Come do the best work of your life here at Slack.