Senior Design Researcher - Ujo Music

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ConsenSys is a venture production studio and the leading technology firm in blockchain globally. We deliver products, solutions and platforms built using blockchain technology.

Our teams are busy at work building the future of identity, financial markets, commerce, the music industry, security, and infrastructure, and more. To accomplish this we've built out a flat organizational structure which we call the ConsenSys Mesh: a network of individuals & teams working autonomously and towards the same goal.  Our mission is to use these decentralized solutions to fundamentally reshape the economic, social, and political operating systems of the planet.

The Design Research practice at ConsenSys is driven by a primary principle, construct curiosity . We are as rigorous about the form of inquiry as we are impassioned. We design with people, ensuring that everything we design is grounded in a deep, contextual understanding of what matters to people. Empathetic and forward-thinking, our objective is to inform and inspire the design of systems, services, and experiences. As pragmatic and applied, our practice enables us to act with intent.

Design researchers at ConsenSys bring their inquisitive nature and interpretive skills to bear on all aspects of their work—from framing inquiry to designing new propositions and evaluating prototypes with users. We are growing the Design Research practice and looking for a Senior Design Researcher to help shape the future of our practice and be an advocate and evangelist for human insight on the Ujo team and across ConsenSys.  We are especially interested in hearing from researchers who are driven by inquiry and have a background in design.

About Ujo at ConsenSys:

Ujo Music is a ConsenSys Spoke, with a vision for a music industry that allows creators to grow and thrive independently. It is a platform that uses the ethereum blockchain as the substrate for innovation by empowering artists, digitizing their music rights and metadata, sharing this information in an open environment, and thus enabling new applications, products, and services to license their catalogs and pay artists directly with minimal friction. We are aiming to enrich the lives of artists and fans through a shared love of music, and excitement for the potential of decentralized technology.

We introduced the music industry to smart contracts & blockchain technology and aim to continue bringing this technology to many artists: from more Grammy winners to more bedroom producers.  

Within the Ujo Team:
  • We value learning & personal growth.
  • We value balance in life. We aim to work hard in improving the industry, but we can only do that if we also take care of ourselves: mentally & physically. Take off time when you need it.
  • We strive to be accountable towards ourselves & our teammates: we go further when we go together.
  • We value diversity in perspectives. Music reaches everyone & as a team we want to work with individuals from all walks of life.
  • We value open, accessible, and constructive communication amongst everyone.
  • We value the open source community & contributing towards a shared future.

About the Senior Design Researcher at Ujo:

Ujo is looking to expand the team with a passionate, open-minded, solution oriented design researcher, that is interested in music and wants to empower it using the transparent web of tomorrow. We ask that you have some knowledge around blockchain in general, Ethereum in particular is a plus. Don’t worry, we’ll fill in the gaps where needed.

Key responsibilities include:
  • Strong communication and documentation skills as well as proven ability to work within a team. We work better together when we strive to communicate as best we can.
  • Designing, planning, resourcing, and executing design research
  • Identifying research needs in partnership with the product team
  • Independently seeking out and identifying opportunities for research to inform strategy
  • Understand and incorporate business requirements into research
  • Synthesizing and communicating complex findings and insights in appropriate, intelligible, and compelling ways
  • Collaborating with multidisciplinary teams to construct and implement insights from research
  • Advocating and guiding strategy for design and product direction by telling the user’s story
  • Representing Ujo and ConsenSys within the wider research community, for instance by publishing articles on behalf of ConsenSys and presenting at conferences as a ConsenSys discipline leader.

Your skill-set and experience likely include:
  • Comfort with ambiguity, yet driven to create order out of chaos
  • Experience conceptualizing and facilitating design research initiatives, from problem identification and evaluation through user engagement, ensuring that insights shape the design of systems and experiences
  • Strong strategic, analytical, and creative skills with a history of tackling and solving complex design research opportunities
  • Ability to work collaboratively and communicate effectively with teammates, community members, customers, and partners
  • Understanding of digital product design and systems design
  • Passion for evolving design research techniques
  • Flexibility to see opportunities for design research where others might see constraints

Relevant experience:
  • Degree(s) in design, anthropology, human factors, psychology, human-computer interaction, behavioral science, cognitive science, other social sciences, a related field, or equivalent practical experience
  • Extensive professional design/ux research experience; preferably on agile teams
  • Extensive professional design experience; preferably as a product designer on agile teams
  • Experience leading and collaborating with multidisciplinary teams
  • Experience mentoring other design researchers
  • Experience with a variety of research methods, collecting and analyzing both qualitative and quantitative data
  • Demonstrated understanding of the strengths and shortcomings of diverse research methods, including when and how to deploy them and experiment with novel techniques during the product development process
  • Experience with storytelling through various mediums and formats
  • Experience applying research insights to create design experiences

We are working in a new, exciting frontier. If you don’t feel that you precisely match the responsibilities of the role outlined above, but still feel that you can contribute to building this future with us, don’t hesitate to apply regardless.

We’d love to talk.

 

Bonus points for:
  • Excitement & passion for music, media, and art applications.
  • Experience working within true agile environments.

 

Here are some of the perks of being part of a unique organization like ConsenSys:

The forefront of a revolution. At ConsenSys we fundamentally believe that a next generation of technologies presents the opportunity to create a more just and equitable society.

A dynamic startup environment. ConsenSys is a thought leader in the blockchain space and we are absorbing a significant portion of the mindshare. This is both exciting and challenging, as we learn to scale our organization while adhering to the principles of decentralization.

Continuous learning. You’ll be constantly exposed to new languages, frameworks and ideas from your peers and as you work on different projects -- challenging you to stay at the top of your game.

Deep technical challenges. This entire ecosystem is about 10 years old. Ethereum itself is still a toddler. There is much work to be done before these platforms can scale to the order of millions or billions of users. ConsenSys is building the technology platforms that can get us to those next thresholds of scale.

 

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