Junior Associate, Design Research

Boston, MA

We invite highly qualified and motivated candidates to join our Boston-based design research team in helping study, and graphically document how design and the practice of design impacts society.  Working directly under the Chief Design Officer, your primary role will be to support thematic areas of inquiry aligned with organization strategy, which may include topical research related to areas of practice (e.x. Education, health, etc.) as well as industry research relating to methodologies of practice.  Research will be investigative as well as representational, finding ways to assess, and effectively graphically communicate historical and analytical concepts.  You will also have opportunities to work on a range of projects across MASS’s offices, as well as provide support to strategic and operational aspects of the organization.

Who we’re looking for:

The ideal candidate will possess the critical thinking abilities to make observations across scales and disciplines, the knowledge to recognize relationships and deploy a range of methods to understand areas of inquiry, the confidence to invent new methods when alternatives are found lacking, and the skills to communicate new tools and findings to a diverse audience.  To do this, you must have an understanding of general research methods; be knowledgeable and empathetic; be eager to expand a specific area of expertise and apply it to other areas of our work; and be able to contextualize specific data across a range of applications to meet a variety of needs.

 What we’re looking for:

  • Experience with Adobe Creative Suite (specifically InDesign and Illustrator)
  • Self-motivated, self-directed work ethic.
  • Curiosity and a drive to expand skills and knowledge beyond the scope of perceived field.
  • Attention to detail when conducting research and development-related administrative tasks.
  • A Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in a relevant area of study
  • Interest or experience in conducting research, from identifying research questions, to developing methodologies, to executing research projects, to disseminating findings.