Graduate Human Factors Researcher

Matt Woodward

Graduate Human Factors Researcher

About Us

Kinneir Dufort is a world-class innovation, design and product development team with a driven purpose to design a better world, and a strong track record of delivering successful products and experiences for clients in medical, consumer and industrial sectors.  To support the growth, we are looking for a Human Factors Researcher to join our Human Factors team.

Human Factors is an important representation of KD’s user-centred approach to innovation, design and product development, and is a key part of KD’s medical offer.  Our work involves strategic planning, risk analysis and formative studies to set directions at early stages, and rigorous testing, analysis and summative studies during development and verification stages.

The role involves the application of HF methods and principles to the design and evaluation of products in a consultancy environment. As such we are looking for someone who is able to apply a professional and hands-on approach to deliver projects to clearly defined timescales.

We think Kinneir Dufort is a special place.  Our team are intelligent, hard-working, fun, non-egocentric, and collaborate brilliantly together to produce effective results, working with some of the biggest, best and most interesting clients you’ll find anywhere.  We’re also highly successful, growing to 75 people, from our origins as a product design consultancy to the multi-expertise team we are today, encompassing Research, Innovation, Human Factors, Digital UX, Product & Packaging Design, Engineering, Prototyping, and Electronics & Software.

About the Role

Key responsibilities activities are likely to include:

  • Providing Human Factors input to multi-disciplinary design and product development projects in medical, but also consumer and industrial sectors.
  • HF study design and setup.
  • Preparation of research materials and documentation (protocol, discussion guides, etc.)
  • Set up and management of projects, including recruitment, logistics, venue scoping etc.
  • Moderation and note taking during fieldwork (test sessions, focus groups, contextual inquiry, ethnographic research).
  • Data analysis & reporting.
  • Working closely to relevant medical device standards such as IEC 62366.
  • Sharing your experience of tools and methods with the team.

About You

You may be a graduate in Human Factors / Ergonomics, Product Design or Medical Engineering, with a strong interest in the usability of products and systems, looking for an opportunity to develop within an ambitious and professional environment.  You’ll be talented, a good team-player and keen to learn and develop your knowledge and skills.

Your Skills and Experience

  • A degree in Human Factors / Ergonomics, Product Design or related subject, or relevant work experience.
  • Broad knowledge and appreciation of Human Factors methods, such as contextual inquiry/ethnography, usability testing, task analysis, application of anthropometric data.
  • An interest in the design and development of medical devices.
  • Some experience in setting up, conducting and moderating user interviews (e.g. structured interviews, user trials, focus groups)
  • An analytical approach and mindset, with the ability to process complex data sets to identify key findings.
  • Attention to detail in all aspects of data analysis and report writing.
  • A well-organised time manager, with the ability to work within project deadlines.
  • A team player, with the ability to work well with others.

Other information:

This is a full-time role based in central Bristol. The role involves a significant amount of travel to undertake fieldwork (typically up to 20% of time – mainly in other UK locations and the US).

Salary commensurate with experience.

To apply, please send your CV and covering letter to  [email protected]  by  Friday 7th June, referencing ‘KDGHFE’ and your name in the subject.

Get in touch

To find out more about joining the KD team, contact Matt Woodward