Senior Usability Researcher

3 months ago
Required Clearance
No clearance
User Experience
Employment Type
Full Time

Basic Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in a related specialized area or field or equivalent is required plus a minimum of 2 years of relevant experience; or Master's degree plus a minimum of 0 years of relevant experience

Responsibilities for this Position

General Dynamics Mission Systems 9GDMS) has an immediate opening for a Senior Usability Researcher.  This position provides an opportunity to further advance the cutting-edge technology that supports some of our nation’s core defense/intelligence services and systems.  GDMS employees work closely with esteemed customers to develop solutions that allow them to carry out high-stakes national security missions.



  • Supports the development of individual product/system components, and provides context for their interaction
  • Creates, evaluates, and modifies prototypes, user personas, operational scenarios, and process maps to support product and system development, with emphasis on operational context, interaction, physical manipulation, and task analysis
  • Develops product/system design concepts and implementation specifications, providing context on usability considerations
  • Develops and applies usability design principles in the investigation of technical problems
  • Produces specifications describing product/system requirements, based on user input and operational analysis
  • Identifies creative alternatives when presented with barriers to progress
  • Contributes to efforts focused on optimizing tasks, resources, and deliverables in support of projects/programs 
  • Mid-to-senior-level individual technical contributor
  • Requires less detailed direction from supervisor, demonstrates growing decision-making capabilities
  • Participates as active member of project team on challenging projects/programs
  • Security clearance may be required
  • Travel is required and may be up to 50%


  • Learns, and applies intermediate principles, theories and concepts of research and/or design
  • Very solid communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Very solid ability to apply knowledge effectively in a team environment
  • Ability to accept and integrate constructive feedback 
  • Good understanding of company culture, regulations, policies and requirements
  • Begins to support and respond to project and program interdependencies
  • Takes reasonable risks within defined boundaries
  • Establishes peer-to-peer mentoring relationships
  • Interactions and Interfaces
  • Engineers and managers within several identified work groups
  • Some outside business contact
  • Some cross-discipline communication with higher and lower levels of expertise


Bachelor's Degree in Design, Psychology, Systems Engineering with experience in human centered design research and application is desired.

Due to the nature of work performed within our facilities, U.S. citizenship is required.

Company Overview

General Dynamics Mission Systems (GDMS) engineers a diverse portfolio of high technology solutions, products and services that enable customers to successfully execute missions across all domains of operation.  With a global team of 13,000+ top professionals, we partner with the best in industry to expand the bounds of innovation in the defense and scientific arenas.  Given the nature of our work and who we are, we value trust, honesty, alignment and transparency.  We offer highly competitive benefits and pride ourselves in being a great place to work with a shared sense of purpose.  You will also enjoy a flexible work environment where contributions are recognized and rewarded.  If who we are and what we do resonates with you, we invite you to join our high performance team!


General Dynamics is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer that is committed to hiring a diverse and talented workforce.  EOE/Disability/Veteran


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