Senior Design Researcher

| Santa Monica
About the Senior Design Researcher at Headspace:
Headspace is building a team of researchers who are passionate about improving the health and happiness of the world, and with more than 30 million users in over 190 countries, we are well on our way. At Headspace, you’ll have a chance to tackle challenging and complex problems through research, working on cross-functional teams with other researchers, designers, behavioral scientists, data analysts, product managers, engineers, customer experience specialists, and more. 
This is a rare opportunity to work with a talented and diverse team on one of the world’s most loved apps. We’re at an exciting time in our history — we’re essentially creating new verticals (meditation, sleep, and beyond) and our lofty goals need great people who are excited about:
Exploring the topic of health & happiness in great depth, using mixed methods research 
Working with designers and behavioral scientists to craft emotional experiences that support healthy routines
Helping shape our product, content, and business strategy as we explore new opportunities and audiences
Leveraging research to facilitate innovation beyond the app (AI, voice, healthcare, airlines, etc.)

How your skills and passion will come to life at Headspace:

  • Inform and participate in product decisions from definition to launch (and after), working at both a strategic and tactical level
  • Conduct practical and impactful research across the product cycle, from formative to evaluative and everywhere in between
  • Bring insights about users by a variety of methods whether it be surveys, interviews, log analysis, usability studies, diary studies, ethnographic observation, or a new method you invent
  • Share findings with designers, engineers, product managers, and others, creating a smarter, more informed and more empathetic product team
  • Participate in outreach to the company by teaching, telling stories, and creating experiences

What you’ve accomplished:

  • 5+ years of experience in product research, user experience research, or market research in a fast-paced product environment
  • Expert in a range of qualitative research methods, including, but not limited to: survey design, semi-structured interviews, ethnography, observation, concept evaluation, card sorts, usability testing, participatory design, etc. (Added bonus if you have familiarity/experience using research platforms like, SurveyMonkey, dSCout, or Lookback. )
  • Expert storytelling and communication skills
  • Proven ability to influence product or business strategy through research
  • A genuine interest in health & wellness
  • Educational background in Human Factors, Psychology, Anthropology, Sociology, Public Health, or Cognitive Science 
  • Past experience working in healthcare or education

How to get started:
If you’re excited by the idea of seeing yourself in this role at Headspace, please apply with your CV and a cover letter that best expresses your interest and unique qualifications.

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
    • JavaLanguages
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • SwiftLanguages
    • MicroservicesLanguages
    • TypescriptLanguages
    • ReactLibraries
    • Node.jsFrameworks
    • MySQLDatabases


Headspace is located in the heart of Santa Monica on Michigan and Cloverfield. Bergamont train station is right behind our office.

What are Headspace Perks + Benefits

Headspace Benefits Overview

Unlimited Time Off
Lifetime Headspace Subscription
$500/year learning and development budget
$75 gym stipend
Daily catered lunch and fully stocked fridge
Full Medical, Dental, Vision Coverage
Voluntary Coverage
Basic Life AD&D
Flexible Spending Account
Commuter Benefit

Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
$75 gym stipend each month
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Flexible Work Schedule
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Unlimited Paid Time Off Poilicy
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Free Daily Meals
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Relocation Assistance
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
$500 Conference budget
Tuition Reimbursement
Diversity Program

Additional Perks + Benefits

Quarterly Hackathons. Optional group meditations daily. Competitive salaries. Unlimited PTO. Daily catered lunch.

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