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Belfast Office or Remote UK

Student Placement - User Researcher

We are looking for placement students to join our team to put theory into practice in an exciting, fast-paced environment where everyone is set up for success. We are a small company so this will be a hands-on placement experience, you will learn lots and get to work as part of a team to contribute to real projects and make a difference.

Our Company

Whitespace is a team of researchers, engineers, innovators, creatives and technologists who design, develop and build new ideas and products for organisations to solve their tricky problems. We were founded in 2016 as a tech start-up based in Belfast & London. In 2019 we won Digital DNA's Company of the Year and the Digital Innovation Project of the Year in 2022.

Today we have nearly 50 employees and are continuing to grow and flourish!

We help businesses innovate, from the small things that can make a big difference to more-involved 'Eureka!' projects. We work with global clients to develop products, markets and ventures that will change things for the better. So when the future rolls around, they’re ready.

Whitespace has 3 core work streams:

Innovation Community: We provide a safe space for innovators and leaders to communicate, network, and swap ideas.

Innovation Lab: Together, we use our skills to solve existing problems and find new answers. And then we build the tech.

Leading-edge Technologies (IP): We have some pretty cool tech to share with the world. We take collaboration and decision-making to new heights.

We also believe our people come first, that's why we're proud of the culture at Whitespace. Our teams are given the tools and information they need to do their jobs and the freedom to get on with it! We have some cool perks too: 4 days working weeks in December & August, the last Friday of every month off, a monthly team breakfast and regular social gatherings.

We are looking for placement students to join our team to put theory into practice in an exciting, fast-paced environment where everyone is set up for success. We are a small company so this will be a hands-on placement experience, you will learn lots and get to work as part of a team to contribute to real projects and make a difference.

The Role

User Researchers at Whitespace play a critical role in our Innovation process, acting as an empathetic voice for the user and helping to uncover insights and opportunities.

As a placement user researcher, you’ll work as part of the design team, and closely with other researchers, to:

While the details will vary depending on the project you are working on, getting started as a User Researcher with Whitespace will give you a great year of practical experience to take back to the final year and kick-start your tech career!

We have a very flexible approach to work so you have the option to work either in the office or remotely.

Some other cool perks include:

Candidate Criteria

Ideal candidates will have some familiarity with user experience design and/or research methodologies including from academia, but it's more important to us that you can demonstrate your passion for technology, a curiosity about people, and a desire to learn and be part of a growing company. However, you must be currently studying an undergraduate degree in a related field.

The expected start date for our student placements is June 2023 (this may be subject to change) and will be a temporary contract for 1 year.

Email your CV to [email protected] to apply now!