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Lead UX Researcher

Full-timeUX Researcher$184,100-$225,000*
San Francisco, United States
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Why PlayStation?

PlayStation isn’t just the Best Place to Play — it’s also the Best Place to Work. Today, we’re recognized as a global leader in entertainment producing The PlayStation family of products and services including PlayStation®5, PlayStation®4, PlayStation®VR, PlayStation®Plus, acclaimed PlayStation software titles from PlayStation Studios, and more.

PlayStation also strives to create an inclusive environment that empowers employees and embraces diversity. We welcome and encourage everyone who has a passion and curiosity for innovation, technology, and play to explore our open positions and join our growing global team.

The PlayStation brand falls under Sony Interactive Entertainment, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sony Corporation.

Lead UX Researcher

San Francisco, CA (SOMA District)

This is an extraordinary opportunity to join the PlayStation UX Research Team and become a key player in defining the product and design strategy of PlayStation’s products and services, and the future of interactive entertainment. In this role, you will be leading a broad range of research projects in collaboration with UX Design, Product Management, Engineering, and other partners. You are an upbeat advocate of a user-centered and insights-based approach to product design and development, a strong performer in Strategic Research (qualitative and quantitative), Design Research, and Evaluative Research. Your role is to complement business strategy, advise direction, and help deliver outstanding creative user experiences. You let your passion shine by consistently advocating for users' needs and collaborate with cross-functional partners to implement the best solutions to user problems. You provide valuable feedback to both peers, and managers and are a model to junior researchers. You have an excellent understanding of the UX Design process and principles, and technological capabilities/limitations.

Role & Responsibilities:

  • Own and conduct end-to-end UX Research - from foundational research to advise product direction, all the way to the concept and usability testing.
  • Conduct Design Research and format findings in impactful UX Deliverables including User Personas, Mental Model Maps, Journey Maps, User-flows, etc.
  • Translate development goals and strategies into research opportunities.
  • Be accountable for ensuring that research deliverables are high quality and meet the established standards and guidelines and go beyond “bullet points”.
  • Be responsible for the work of researchers and vendors, assigning and reviewing tasks across specific domain areas and programs.
  • Coach and mentor researchers toward innovative and creative thinking when approaching research challenges.
  • Orchestrate initiatives to craft new and evolve existing research methods and processes by staying up-to-date with innovations in the industry.
  • Lead communication with partners, including designers, product managers, project managers, and engineers inside various divisions.
  • Handle partner agencies and consultants, advising their efforts through clear input and feedback to ensure high-quality deliverables that suit the needs of the internal partners.


  • Minimum BA/BS degree in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), Human Factors, Psychology, UX Design, related field, or equivalent experience.
  • 8+ years of industry UX Research experience proven in a portfolio of projects.
  • Proven track record of conducting Strategic and Design Research projects.
  • A robust understanding of industry-standard UX research methods including ethnographic methods (e.g., in-depth interview, group interviews), evaluative methods (e.g., concept testing, in-lab/remote usability testing, tree testing, etc.), and quantitative methods (surveys, behavioral analytics, etc.).
  • Thought leadership in UX research – has given talks, published papers that influenced and promoted the field of UX.
  • Extensive experience providing research and deep insights leading to compelling and quality interfaces.
  • Experience mentoring or leading UX researchers and/or designers on high-profile programs and projects.
  • Strong capacity to build and sustain internal and external partnerships.
  • Knowledge of, and passion for the gaming, media, and software industries is a big plus.


Equal Opportunity Statement:

Sony is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All persons will receive consideration for employment without regard to gender (including gender identity, gender expression and gender reassignment), race (including colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin), religion or belief, marital or civil partnership status, disability, age, sexual orientation, pregnancy or maternity, trade union membership or membership in any other legally protected category.

We strive to create an inclusive environment, empower employees and embrace diversity. We encourage everyone to respond.

PlayStation is a Fair Chance employer and qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records will be considered for employment.

Questions & answers for this position
  • What is the type of contract for this position?
    The contract for this position is a Full-time contract
  • What's the salary range for the Lead UX Researcher position?
    The suggested salary for this position is $184,100-$225,000*
  • Is telecommuting possible for this position?
    No, telecommuting is not possible for this position
About PlayStation Global
Explore the new generation PlayStation 4 and PS5 consoles - experience immersive gaming with thousands of hit games in every genre to rewrite the rules for what a PlayStation console can do.
Consumer Electronics, Hardware
5K-10K employees

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