: Research Leader, Instagram - Interests

Intro

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Summary

Instagram is looking for a Research Leader with excellent research, communication and people management skills. Instagram is a diverse product it's ripe for research. But figuring out the right research, the appropriate involvement, and the ideal touch points is a delicate balance when there are so many important things to understand. What makes a good candidate? Someone who has exceptional research skills, but who also is able to strike the right balance between scrappiness and rigor and clearly communicate how research translates into design and product decisions. It's not enough to answer interesting questions about user behavior; our team focuses on impact. You will oversee a team of world-class researchers across a key product vertical and across multiple research disciplines. The role requires you to be an expert researcher with a proven track record of doing mixed-methods research that impacts a complex, diverse, global product. The role also requires you to have a proven track record of building and managing high-performing teams, preferably with researchers of different disciplines. You will be required to articulate the vision of the team to design and product leadership and be a strong advocate for the role of research in product development. You must become a trusted, strategic partner to product stakeholders by communicating and demonstrating the value of user research and by delivering insights that lead to demonstrable business value. You must be a data expert, but also know when to trust your gut. You must be strong in design and strategic discussions and an overall expert in the relationship between research, design, marketing and product. You must build strong relationships with other research teams at Facebook, Inc. to ensure a cohesive and cross-functional vision for Research at Facebook.

Required Skills

  • Ability to build meaningful cross-functional relationships
  • Keen eye for and focus on research impact
  • Resource Allocation - ensure we are always focusing on the highest priority things, focusing both on the short term needs as well as looking ahead to the next big challenges
Full-time

Employee Testimonials

Edward Fagin (Photo credit: Ryan Mack)
Edward Fagin
Engineering Manager

I'm an engineering manager on our real-time infrastructure team, and my team focuses on GraphQL Subscriptions — a component of the widely-used GraphQL open source query language for APIs — that makes it easier for engineers to build real-time features into their products. At Facebook, this framework powers a number of features that people use every day, including comment-typing indicators and streaming reactions on live videos.

At Facebook, you have the opportunity to contribute to an incredibly wide range of infrastructure projects. While our engineers have a variety of expertise, they share a passion for solving complex engineering challenges at scale. It's humbling to know that everything you work on can potentially impact more than two billion people around the world.

Vaneeta Singh (Photo credit: Ryan Mack)
Vaneeta Singh
Engineering Manager

We develop the network software for Facebook applications on iOS and Android platforms. This includes measuring and improving performance, reliability, security, and efficiency of network communication with Facebook servers. Getting the most out of a diverse set of worldwide mobile networks, and millions of handsets with a wide range of hardware capabilities is challenging as well as fun. All this while we play good citizens in these networks and are mindful of the device battery, storage, and data consumption.