Amusing job post - UX researcher, mad SQL 2000 skillz required

30 Nov 2007 - 8:07pm
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dmitryn
2004

This is almost as funny as the "interaction designer, must be a C++
expert" job posting that provoked a huge discussion on this list a
little while ago.

Coincidentally (or not?), this also comes from a recruiter working
with a certain large Redmond-based company. :)

Dmitry

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Anne Garber <AnneG at sakson.com>
Date: Nov 30, 2007 11:30 AM
Subject: UX Researcher - mobile (perm)
To: CHI-JOBS at listserv.acm.org

This is a FT/perm position in Redmond, WA
Do you want to play an active role in shaping the next wave of mobile
user experience? You can be a part of determining the future of
mobile computing by owning and delivering a key part of our client's
wireless device technology!

We are looking for a UX Researcher with strong analytical,
quantitative and project management skills to help drive and establish
our instrumentation program. You will be responsible for creating,
optimizing, and managing mission-critical databases to collect,
analyze, and report out end-user usage data in order to drive changes
into our product. Ideal candidates will have a combination of skills
in research and database development including:

· 5+ years of industry experience in human factors/usability, business
analytics, applied statistics, or other quantitative research.
· 2+ years in SQL 2000 or higher
· Experience writing SQL queries (including joining tables) to
aggregate data and/or do complex calculations
· Create, interpret and report on trends and usage patterns
· Basic knowledge of statistics (descriptive and inferential stats)
· Must have excellent communication skills, the ability to iterate
quickly, the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and
work collaboratively as part of a diverse project team with a wide
range of skills.

Please send resumes to anneg at sakson.com

----------------------------------------------------------
Anne Garber
Sakson & Taylor / AQUENT
1109 North 36th Street, Seattle, WA 98103
Phone: 206 545 3634 | Fax: 206 632 6927 anneg at sakson.com

We represent more than 400,000 marketing and creative professionals
around the globe.
Visit aquent.com to learn more.

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2 Dec 2007 - 12:34pm
Alexander Baxevanis
2007

Where exactly does it say "interaction designer"?. As far as I can
see, the job role is "User Researcher" and they make it quite clear
what kind of research they will be doing (statistical analysis of some
form of analytics). You can debate whether such techniques will lead
into something useful or not, but the job posting itself certainly
does not look misleading or self-contradictory.

Regards,

Alex

On Dec 1, 2007 1:07 AM, Dmitry Nekrasovski <mail.dmitry at gmail.com> wrote:
> This is almost as funny as the "interaction designer, must be a C++
> expert" job posting that provoked a huge discussion on this list a
> little while ago.
>
> Coincidentally (or not?), this also comes from a recruiter working
> with a certain large Redmond-based company. :)
>
> Dmitry
>
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: Anne Garber <AnneG at sakson.com>
> Date: Nov 30, 2007 11:30 AM
> Subject: UX Researcher - mobile (perm)
> To: CHI-JOBS at listserv.acm.org
>
>
>
> This is a FT/perm position in Redmond, WA
> Do you want to play an active role in shaping the next wave of mobile
> user experience? You can be a part of determining the future of
> mobile computing by owning and delivering a key part of our client's
> wireless device technology!
>
> We are looking for a UX Researcher with strong analytical,
> quantitative and project management skills to help drive and establish
> our instrumentation program. You will be responsible for creating,
> optimizing, and managing mission-critical databases to collect,
> analyze, and report out end-user usage data in order to drive changes
> into our product. Ideal candidates will have a combination of skills
> in research and database development including:
>
> · 5+ years of industry experience in human factors/usability, business
> analytics, applied statistics, or other quantitative research.
> · 2+ years in SQL 2000 or higher
> · Experience writing SQL queries (including joining tables) to
> aggregate data and/or do complex calculations
> · Create, interpret and report on trends and usage patterns
> · Basic knowledge of statistics (descriptive and inferential stats)
> · Must have excellent communication skills, the ability to iterate
> quickly, the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and
> work collaboratively as part of a diverse project team with a wide
> range of skills.
>
> Please send resumes to anneg at sakson.com
>
> ----------------------------------------------------------
> Anne Garber
> Sakson & Taylor / AQUENT
> 1109 North 36th Street, Seattle, WA 98103
> Phone: 206 545 3634 | Fax: 206 632 6927 anneg at sakson.com
>
> We represent more than 400,000 marketing and creative professionals
> around the globe.
> Visit aquent.com to learn more.
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4 Dec 2007 - 11:46pm
Manish Govind P...
2006

I'll second that. The job is for a User Researcher and
its pretty valid that he understand the clients
technologies better: a platform he has to work on. It
could be finding programming patterns or limitations
of using SQL or Java or C++ in relation to UI design.
Let me point out this line "You will be responsible
for creating, optimizing, and managing
mission-critical databases to collect,analyze, and
report out end-user usage data in order to drive
changes into our product."
Fair enough. A company may need someone who understand
server technologies and help them define UIs for the
applications that use those technologies. Even if they
need to hire a Interaction Designer with those skills,
its pretty much justified. To each his own. The roles
of the User Researcher and Interaction Designers
stretch boundries in smaller organisations. I may be
called in to help some BA out with requirements or if
the need be, help someone out configuring a UI in c++.
If a concern, needs someone with that profile, well
its pretty much justified. If you fit the bill, apply,
if you dont, well.
I dont find the post funny at all.

Manish Govind Pillewar
UI Analyst
Thoughtworks Pvt. Ltd
Bangalore, India
www.thoughtworks.com

Where exactly does it say "interaction designer"?. As
far as I can
see, the job role is "User Researcher" and they make
it quite clear
what kind of research they will be doing (statistical
analysis of some
form of analytics). You can debate whether such
techniques will lead
into something useful or not, but the job posting
itself certainly
does not look misleading or self-contradictory.

Regards,

Alex

On Dec 1, 2007 1:07 AM, Dmitry Nekrasovski
<mail.dmitry at gmail.com>
wrote:
> This is almost as funny as the "interaction
designer, must be a C++
> expert" job posting that provoked a huge discussion
on this list a
> little while ago.
>
> Coincidentally (or not?), this also comes from a
recruiter working
> with a certain large Redmond-based company. :)
>
> Dmitry
>
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: Anne Garber <AnneG at sakson.com>
> Date: Nov 30, 2007 11:30 AM
> Subject: UX Researcher - mobile (perm)
> To: CHI-JOBS at listserv.acm.org
>
>
>
> This is a FT/perm position in Redmond, WA
> Do you want to play an active role in shaping the
next wave of mobile
> user experience? You can be a part of determining
the future of
> mobile computing by owning and delivering a key part
of our client's
> wireless device technology!
>
> We are looking for a UX Researcher with strong
analytical,
> quantitative and project management skills to help
drive and
establish
> our instrumentation program. You will be responsible
for creating,
> optimizing, and managing mission-critical databases
to collect,
> analyze, and report out end-user usage data in order
to drive changes
> into our product. Ideal candidates will have a
combination of skills
> in research and database development including:
>
> · 5+ years of industry experience in human
factors/usability,
business
> analytics, applied statistics, or other quantitative
research.
> · 2+ years in SQL 2000 or higher
> · Experience writing SQL queries (including joining
tables) to
> aggregate data and/or do complex calculations
> · Create, interpret and report on trends and usage
patterns
> · Basic knowledge of statistics (descriptive and
inferential stats)
> · Must have excellent communication skills, the
ability to iterate
> quickly, the ability to manage multiple projects
simultaneously and
> work collaboratively as part of a diverse project
team with a wide
> range of skills.

Thanks and Regards
Manish Govind Pillewar
Sr. User Interface Designer-UXD
Bangalore-India

Tel. +91 9880566951 (M)
+91 80 41113967 (Eve.)
Smith & Wesson: The original point and click interface :-)

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5 Dec 2007 - 1:32pm
dmitryn
2004

On Dec 2, 2007 9:34 AM, Alexander Baxevanis <alex.baxevanis at gmail.com> wrote:

> As far as I can see, the job role is "User Researcher" and they make it quite clear
> what kind of research they will be doing (statistical analysis of some
> form of analytics).

Exactly. My point was that this is a job description for someone who
will be analyzing data, pure and simple, abstracted away from actual
users and their behaviour.

So, to me, calling this position "User Researcher" is either
misleading or amusing, depending on one's perspective. Since my
original post was made late on a Friday afternoon, I chose the latter.
:)

> You can debate whether such techniques will lead
> into something useful or not, but the job posting itself certainly
> does not look misleading or self-contradictory.

I respectfully disagree. Conferring the title of "user researcher" on
someone who runs SQL queries all day is, to me, muddling and
diminishing what actual user researchers do. (Note that I occasionally
run SQL queries as part of my work, and have the utmost respect for
people who do this for a living. I just don't think they are doing
user research.)

I do realize that job descriptions and divisions of labour in our
field are usually far from clear. But, I think the line has to be
drawn somewhere, or at some point we will start seeing janitorial
services companies posting job ads for "bathroom experience planners".
:)

Dmitry

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