Lead Design Researcher

Job Locations US-PA-Coopersburg | US-PA-Philadelphia
Position Type
Regular Full-Time


Lutron is a design-driven technology company with a history of industry-disrupting innovation. Since our invention of the rotary dimmer in 1959, we have become the world leader in smart lighting controls and automated shades, providing IoT products for millions of homes and buildings, including some of the most prestigious architecture around the world. 


At Lutron, you’ll join a diverse and creative group of researchers, interaction designers, and visual designers who share a passion for human-centric design and have numerous patents to their name. You’ll work with teams across the organization to imagine and build innovations for Lutron’s customers, designing for a variety of platforms, devices, and services, and exploring new technologies like AR, VR, voice, and more. 


As a Lead Design Researcher, you will have the opportunity to work on challenging projects at the intersection of the physical and digital world, using your skills to: 

  • Define or review research strategies, aligning with stakeholders on goals, success metrics, and deliverables

  • Lead and mentor Design Researchers throughout the lifecycle of research projects

  • Guide and conduct generative and evaluative research

  • Ensure findings are effectively presented and communicated to stakeholders

Review and build hypotheses and brainstorm concepts for a variety of technologies like AR/VR, IoT, and conversational UI

  • Adopt best practices in design thinking, lean, & user-centered design principles

  • Improve upon existing design research tools and methodologies and create best practices

  • Help grow the team by hiring and onboarding exceptional design researchers


The ideal candidate has a project portfolio highlighting the following qualifications / skills: 

  • Bachelors or Master's in Human-Computer Interaction, Information Science, Computer Science, Design, Marketing, Psychology, or related field 

  • 8+ years of industry experience and 3+ years mentoring junior researchers 

  • Minimum, cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher+ 

  • Experience in: 

    • Leading a team of designers and researchers in large, complex projects 

    • Hiring, onboarding and mentoring design researchers 

    • Using quantitative and qualitative techniques like contextual inquiry, interviews, surveys, wizard-of-oz, and others

    • Working in an agile environment

Lutron Electronics’ position as the leading manufacturer of lighting controls worldwide, our unsurpassed quality, the breadth and depth of our product offerings, and our commitment to servicing our worldwide customers have resulted in annual double-digit growth. This growth has allowed the company to continue to invest in finding and retaining the best people we can find to service our customers. Continuous growth has also fueled our ability to constantly develop new technologies and processes that drive the creation of new or better products, solutions, and services.  


Lutron offers a competitive compensation and benefits package and a dynamic and professional work environment. We also offer continued growth through increased job responsibilities, courses offered through Lutron University and advancement opportunities.  For more information, view our website at  www.lutron.com 


Lutron Electronics is an Equal Opportunity – Affirmative Action – Employer. We welcome qualified, motivated applicants regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. 


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