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Research Assistant

Toyota Research Institute

Full time

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Location:
Cambridge, MA
Expected Pay Rate:
$50.00 - $55.00 per hour
Schedule:
40 hours per week, Monday-Friday
Assignment Length:
Contract
Job Description

HireArt is helping Toyota Research Institute hire a Research Assistant to support the design, execution, and analysis of human-centered research studies.

We’re seeking a Research Assistant with experience conducting behavioral studies and an interest in the overlap between behavioral sciences and technology.

The ideal candidate is also proactive, detail-oriented, and an excellent communicator.

As a Research Assistant, you will:
  • Assist with and administer human-centered studies including questionnaires, surveys, interviews, and focus groups.
  • Design experiments and create stimulus content.
  • Analyze/interpret data and generate insights, recommendations, and reports, present findings to stakeholders.
  • Manage user data and experimentation platform accounts.
  • Conduct literature reviews.
Requirements
  • Bachelor's degree in human factors, human-computer interaction, cognitive science, psychology, UX, or a similar field emphasizing human performance and behavior
  • 1+ years experience conducting behavioral studies
  • Experience designing and proctoring behavioral studies
  • Experience coding qualitative data and generating themes and categories
  • A strong interest in the overlap between behavioral sciences and robotic technology
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication
  • Excellent transcription, note-taking, and organizational skills
  • Detail-oriented and able to work independently and collaboratively with cross-disciplinary and cross-site teams
  • Excellent time management skills and the ability to prioritize effectively
  • Eager to learn new technical, design, and/or research skills
  • Focused and self-motivated, especially in a remote work environment, and comfortable with high levels of interaction over video conferencing
Additional qualifications:
  • Experience managing and analyzing quantitative data using Python or R
  • Experience with survey designs (e.g. survey logic, randomization, etc.)
  • Experience with online experimentation platforms, such as Qualtrics or Survey Monkey, and online collaboration tools, such as Mural or Miro
  • Experience generating study stimuli (e.g. descriptive scenarios, animation, and video)
  • Familiar with or fluent in Japanese

Commitment:This is a full-time (40 hours per week) ongoing contract position staffed via HireArt and based in Cambridge, MA. It will be fully remote until offices reopen and is available to candidates local to the Greater Boston area.

HireArt values diversity and is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are interested in every qualified candidate who is eligible to work in the United States. Unfortunately, we are not able to sponsor visas or employ corp-to-corp.

Company Description

At Toyota Research Institute (TRI), we’re working to build a future where everyone has the freedom to move, engage, and explore with a focus on reducing vehicle collisions, injuries, and fatalities. Join us in our mission to improve the quality of human life through advances in artificial intelligence, automated driving, robotics, and materials science. We’re dedicated to building a world of “mobility for all” where everyone, regardless of age or ability, can live in harmony with technology to enjoy a better life. Through innovations in AI, we’ll... 

● Develop vehicles incapable of causing a crash, regardless of the actions of the driver. 

● Develop technology for vehicles and robots to help people enjoy new levels of independence, access, and mobility. 

● Bring advanced mobility technology to the market faster. 

● Discover new materials that will make drive batteries and hydrogen fuel cells smaller, lighter, less expensive and more powerful. 

Our work is guided by a dedication to safety – in how we research, develop, and validate the performance of vehicle technology to benefit society. As a subsidiary of Toyota, TRI is fueled by a diverse and inclusive community of people who carry invaluable leadership, experience, and ideas from industry-leading companies. Over half of our technical team carries Ph.D. degrees. We’re continually searching for the world’s best talent ‒ people who are ready to define the new world of mobility with us! 

We strive to build a company that helps our people thrive, achieve work-life balance, and bring their best selves to work. At TRI, you will have the opportunity to enjoy the best of both worlds ‒ a fun start-up environment with brilliant people who enjoy solving tough problems and the financial backing to successfully achieve our goals. If you’re passionate about working with smart people to make cars safer, enable the elderly to age in place, or design alternative fuel sources, TRI is the place for you. ‒ Start your impossible with us. 

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