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Senior Quantitative UX Researcher

Thumbtack, San Francisco

We’re building the destination for getting things done


Have you ever tried to hire a plumber? How about a house cleaner? If you have, chances are it took you way longer than it should. In the era of instant-everything, it’s crazy that you still have to waste an entire afternoon researching, calling and vetting local service professionals whenever you need one. The market for hiring them is huge — $1 trillion in the US alone — but the process is inefficient and largely offline. 

Thumbtack is transforming this experience end-to-end, building a marketplace that matches millions of people with local pros for almost any project. In making these connections, not only do our customers get more done every day, our pros are able to grow their businesses and make a living doing what they’re great at.

These customers and pros come from all walks of life and every zip code in the country. We want our team to reflect that. If you come from an underrepresented background in tech, we strongly encourage you to apply. We challenge ourselves every day to make this a place where you can thrive just the way you are, so we can build a product that does the same for our customers and pros.

About Research & Design At Thumbtack

We’re a tight-knit and highly-collaborative team of designers, researchers, content strategists, and analysts working closely with engineers and product managers to discover, validate, and iterate on well-crafted user experiences that are innovative, engaging, and delightful. We collaborate regularly through design critiques, work sessions, and presentations to inspire and inform the direction of the product and company as a whole.

About The Role

Quantitative UX Researchers at Thumbtack are embedded within product teams and serve as advocates for the needs of customers and Pros alike. You will be responsible for scoping and executing research projects (often with overlapping timelines) and providing insights that will drive key product decisions. The ideal candidate will be a social scientist with expertise in experimental and survey methodology, behavioral data analysis, and statistics.

As a Senior Quantitative UX Researcher at Thumbtack, you will: 

  • Collaborate closely with multiple teams within the organization to identify and prioritize research topics in a fast-paced environment.
  • Design and execute studies that seek to understand user motivations, attitudes, and behaviors
  • Work collaboratively within the research, data analytics, product management, marketing, design, and content writing team to assess larger user trends and determine strategies for further investigation and/or synthesis. 

Must-Have Qualifications 

If you don't think you meet all of the criteria below but still are interested in the job, please apply. Nobody checks every box, and we're looking for someone excited to join the team.

  • 3-7+ years in applied product research in fast-­paced, consumer-facing product organizations
  • Experience working with large-scale data in multi-method studies 
  • Expertise in survey design, analysis, and response effects 
  • Proficient in coding, writing queries in R, SQL, SPSS or Python 
  • Experience using a variety of research tools (such as Qualtrics, SurveyMonkey, R, SPSS, Ethnio, Mode Analytics, Tableau) and familiarity with recruiting and analytics suites
  • Degree, preferably MA/MS/PhD in human behavior-related field such as Human-Computer Interaction, Cognitive Science, Experimental Psychology, Anthropology, Sociology, Information Science, Computer Science, Economics, Political Science, related fields, or equivalent practical experience
  • Strong understanding of strengths and shortcomings of various qualitative and quantitative research methods, including when and how to apply them during product phases

Nice-to-Have Qualifications

  • Experience collecting and analyzing user behavior through unmoderated experiments (A/B testing), in-person studies, and remote studies
  • Experience with user research supporting accessibility, a big plus

More About Us

Thumbtack is a local services marketplace that connects customers who need to get things done with local, skilled professionals who can help. From plumbers and painters to DJs and personal trainers, Thumbtack helps millions of customers find the right professional for their project in 1,000 unique categories. Founded in 2009 and headquartered in San Francisco, Thumbtack is backed by over $420 million in investment from Sequoia Capital, CapitalG, Tiger Global Management, Javelin Investment Partners and Baillie Gifford.

Thumbtack embraces diversity. We are proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and do not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, citizenship, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

The California Consumer Privacy Policy Act (the "CCPA") obligates covered businesses to disclose to consumers (including employees and job applicants), at or before the point of collecting personally identifiable information ("PII"), the categories of PI to be collected and the purposes for which the categories of PI shall be used. 

In the course of the job application process, we may collect the following categories of PI for the purposes of evaluating you as a job applicant: 

  • Identifiers such as a real name, alias, postal address, unique personal identifier, online identifier, Internet Protocol address, email address, account name, driver’s license number, passport number, social security number, or other similar identifiers;
  • Professional or employment-related information. 

We will not collect any additional categories of personal information or use your personal information collected for any other purpose without providing you with additional notice consistent with the CCPA.

About Thumbtack

Solving one big problem In 2009, three friends—Marco, Jonathan, and Sander—noticed a problem. Customers needed help connecting to qualified, local professionals. The same professionals needed customers. As a solution to bring the two together, Thumbtack was born. Since then, we’ve helped millions of customers with their projects and generated more than $1 billion in annual revenue for our pros. We’re reshaping local economies. We’re changing lives. And true to the spirit of our customers and pros, we’re getting things done.

Want to learn more about Thumbtack? Visit Thumbtack's website.