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Principal Researcher, Sensory Explore - Nike Sport Research Lab Behavior and Experience Team

Company: Nike
Location: Beaverton
Posted on: January 18, 2023

Job Description:


+ I have a Master's degree or higher in sensory science, sensory neuroscience or related field or combination of relevant education, experience and training.

+ Experience in creation of a vision and strategy with respect to implementation of sensory science insights, capabilities and knowledge to product or service.

+ An understanding of, and experience and comfort with, applying existing and developing new, innovative technical measurement tools and approaches (e.g., EEG, fMRI, fNIRS, BP, HRV, quantitative surveys...)

+ Experience in implementing research agendas, with specific expertise in the scientific method, including: observation, formulation of testable hypotheses, experimental design, statistical methods, data analysis and interpretation of results.

+ Experience driving impactful research aimed at understanding product and service levers through an enhanced sensory or neuroscience lens.

+ Experience leading and mentoring researchers.

+ A proven track record of applying scientific knowledge and insights to products or services. Willing to jump in and get "hands-on" with product and prototyping.

+ Creative scientist, with experience or skills for acting as a catalyst for new product innovation. Open and able to work effectively with creative and technical product teams across NXT and Nike.

+ Skilled and experienced in communicating scientific research, and insights and story telling internally with both scientists, non-scientists, and externally facing at conferences and with the external media.

+ Bonus: knowledge, experience and comfort in cognitive neuroscience, or behavior science.

Innovation is oxygen for NIKE, Inc., and the company depends on its passionate, global workforce to breathe originality and curiosity into everything they do! The Nike Advanced Innovation team strives for lighter, faster, bigger, smarter, smaller, more efficient, more sustainable and more personal! They envision, research, analyze and invent the next industry-changing technology to advance athletic performance. In roles that span research, design, materials and manufacturing, the Advanced Innovation team looks to the future and focuses on making the seemingly impossible, possible.

The Nike Sport Research Lab (NSRL) is a multidisciplinary team of researchers, innovators, and scientists who lead with science to make athletes* measurably better. We deliver validated insights and innovative capabilities to drive the future of Nike products and services. As diverse as our athletes* are, our evidence-based solutions meet the constantly evolving demands of sport and life. We apply scientific methods and research results to drive new concepts and platforms across multiple innovation teams.


We're looking for a Principal Researcher, Sensory Explore. This role leads the implementation of a sensory explore research program at Nike - defining a vision, strategy, aligning partners, and being a creative catalyst for new innovation - through a portfolio of evidence-based research programs in the Nike Sport Research Lab. Whether for performance, experience, modifying behavior, or stimulating the senses, your research will aim at understanding the product and service levers that can provide measurable and palpable benefits for athletes across gender, sport and geographies.

Our team seeking a candidate who is an applied, creative expert in the areas of sensory science, sensory-motor neuroscience, or related field and has the ability to lead a team of scientists and influence product teams across Nike.


+ As the Principal Researcher, Sensory Explore, you will build a vision and strategy for implementation of a sensory explore and sensory neuroscience research capability at Nike. You will also build the opportunity landscape, with recommendations for where Nike should focus.

+ Serve as a driver of a robust portfolio of research sought at stimulating and influencing the body's sensory system to provide enhanced experiences and performance with products and services, with a focus across gender, sport, geographies and abilities. You act as the Principal Investigator, ensuring that all processes and procedures are followed (e.g., IRB, Informed consent).

+ A creative catalyst for new product innovation, who will help guide different innovation teams to creative solutions by apply scientific knowledge and insights to new products and services.

+ The knowledge-based expert at Nike in the area of neuroscience and sensory science as it applies to the opportunities for Nike.

+ As the Principal Sensory Researcher, you will represent Nike at external conferences and with media.

+ As a technologist, you will drive the use of and development of new and creative measurement / technical tools and work cross-functionally with Nike tech teams.


+ As an applied expert you will influence creative product teams across NXT and Nike.

+ You will engage with teams at different points in the spectrum of concept development, from those looking to understand athlete sensory science opportunities, to teams that have ideas and solutions in mind.

+ "Hands-on" with product "solutioning" in collaboration with a number of teams including innovation, product development, and tech.

+ You will report on and share storytelling of program progress and impactful insights with a variety of Nike leaders.

+ You will mentor, guide and lead researchers on the team in a portfolio of work.

+ You will also work with researcher experts in the field and around the world to help inform and implement your portfolio of work.

NIKE, Inc. is committed to employing a diverse workforce. Qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, protected veteran status, or disability. NIKE is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If, because of a medical condition or disability, you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process, please call +1 503-671-4156 and let us know the nature of your request, your location and your contact information.

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