— 6 January 2005 —

Job Opening: MathWorks

MathWorks is located just outside Boston. You’d be working for Mary Beth Rettger, who is (and has been for a while) very active with UPA and is also really nice and funny too. Following is the position announcement. There are three positions available.

Senior Usability Specialists

This is your dream job… come work where:

  • The development organization understands and supports user centered design.
  • User centered design happens on our products, our web site, and the internal tools our employees use to do their jobs.
  • You won’t need to sell usability.
  • You can be part of a dynamic team of other usability specialists.
  • The company is profitable, growing, fun, and exciting.

So what will you do?

You will be responsible for providing user centered design activities related to several MathWorks product areas. You will work with teams to understand the user centered design needs of their projects and then develop creative solutions for meeting these needs.

You will make recommendations to team members about what usability methods to use to answer their questions about users and design directions for their projects. You will work closely with the team
members to help them develop user profiles and create task lists. You will help them create paper prototypes, and review online prototypes developed by others.

You will run usability tests, conduct interviews, organize surveys, and complete any other usability assessments you think are appropriate. You will help the developers’ record and interpret the results, and you will be responsible for making sure that the project team understands what users’ feedback means. You will help the team decide what to do about feedback, and will provide input for design decisions based on that feedback.


  • BA or MA in cognitive psychology, human factors, or related field, or equivalent experience
  • 4-8 years as a usability engineer in software development, with direct experience with a variety of usability methods.
  • Knowledge of MathWorks products a plus.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Ability to balance needs of a large number of concurrent projects.

For more information or to submit your resume, please contact Mary Beth Rettger, Director of Usability.

About The MathWorks

The MathWorks is the leading developer and supplier of technical computing software in the world. Employing more than 1,000 people, The MathWorks was founded in 1984 and is headquartered in Natick, Massachusetts, with offices and representatives throughout the world. The company has been profitable every year since its inception and is privately held.

Our customers are 1,000,000 of the world’s leading technical people, in over 100 countries, on all seven continents. These technical people work at the world’s most innovative technology companies, government research labs, financial institutions, and at more than 3,500 universities. They rely on us because MATLAB and Simulink have become the fundamental tools for their engineering and scientific work.

MATLAB users are making better and faster progress in vital areas; they are advancing our knowledge of the earth, the environment, and the universe; they are making our cars safer and more fuel efficient, and improving air travel safety; they are making our phone calls clearer and measurement devices more accurate; they are making advances in medical research and diagnostic techniques; they are searching for new sources of energy; and they are educating the next generation of scientists.

Come join us!

Join us in accelerating the pace of discovery, innovation, and learning in engineering and science. At The MathWorks, we cultivate a vibrant, participatory environment that nurtures individual growth, celebrates diversity, encourages initiative, values teamwork, and rewards excellence.

We work hard, but we maintain an atmosphere that’s relaxed, collaborative, and fun. Doors are always open, and you can feel free to approach anyone in the organization with questions or ideas – from the latest new hire to the chief scientist. You’ll be valued for your talents, and appreciated for what you contribute.

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