Research Assistant

Expected compensation: $50.00 – $55.00 per hour

HireArt is helping Toyota Research Institute hire a Research Assistant to support the execution and analysis of human-centered research studies.

We’re looking for someone with experience managing and analyzing quantitative data using Python, MATLAB, Simulink, or similar. You’ll also have a degree in Human Factors, Human-Computer Interaction, Cognitive Science, Psychology or a similar field emphasizing human performance and behavior.

As a Research Assistant, You’ll:

  • Assist with user testing preparation activities (e.g., coordinating with recruiters and writing study protocols).
  • Administer user questionnaires, surveys, and interviews.
  • Collect, analyze, and interpret user study data to generate insights, recommendations, and reports.
  • Assist with physical tasks involved in running studies (driving simulator operation, prototype transportation, etc.).
  • Conduct literature reviews and competitive analyses.
  • Collate and archive user information and data.


  • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent work experience) in Human Factors, Human-Computer Interaction, Cognitive Science, Psychology, or similar
  • Experience managing and analyzing quantitative data using Python, MATLAB, Simulink, or similar
  • Experience in a research lab setting–academic is fine–including proctoring your own user studies
  • Friendly, empathetic, and patient disposition when working with older adults
  • Strong oral and written communication skills and comfortable giving/receiving feedback

Nice-to-have Experience:

  • Master’s degree in a relevant field
  • Professional lab experience, preferably in the robotics or autonomous vehicles industries
  • Experience generating categories from qualitative data and performing coding
  • Survey design experience (i.e., survey logic, randomization, etc.)
  • Experience generating study stimuli (e.g., descriptive scenarios, animation, video, physical mockups)


  • PTO and paid holidays!
  • Pre-tax commuter benefits
  • Employer (HireArt) Subsidized healthcare benefits
  • Flexible Spending Account for healthcare-related costs
  • HireArt covers all costs for short and long term disability and life insurance
  • 401k package

Commitment: Commitment: This is a full-time,12-month contract position through HireArt, with the possibility for shorter periods if requested, or extensions to additional years. It will be available to candidates who are local to the Cambridge/Boston, MA area.

HireArt provides Equal Employment Opportunity without regard to the applicant’s race, color, creed, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, medical condition, religion, marital status, genetic information, veteran status, or any other status protected under federal, state or local laws.

💰$50 - $55/Hourly

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