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Research Intern – UX & Human Factors in power grids

Location: Saint-Laurent, Quebec, Canada
Job ID: R0037165
Date Posted: Feb 13, 2024
Segment: Green Energy & Mobility
Business Unit: Hitachi Energy
Profession (Job Category): Administration & Facilities
Job Type (Experience Level): Internship
Job Schedule: Full time
Remote: No

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At Hitachi Energy, our purpose is advancing a sustainable​ energy future for all. We bring power to our homes, schools, hospitals and factories. Join us and work with fantastic people, while learning and developing yourself on projects that have a real impact to our communities and society. Bring your passion, bring your energy, and be part of a global team that appreciates a simple truth: Diversity + Collaboration = Great Innovation

General Information:

Hitachi Energy has an opening for the position of Research Intern in the field of User Experience (UX) and applied human factors in power grids. The hired intern will work under the supervision of Research Scientist(s) in the North America Hitachi Energy Research center (Montreal, Canada). As of now, this position will be held remotely in Canada.  

Internship duration: 3-6 months

Start date: Flexible, preferably June 2024


  • Perform literature survey to explore state-of-the-art user experience methods in one or more of the following fields: human-autonomy teaming, dynamic graph visualization, or quantifying UX contributions in complex technology-oriented projects.

  • Contribute to UX projects by leading your own work in one or more of the following: user research, data analysis, human-automation interaction, and design & evaluation of work support tools.

  • Define and evaluate user workflows with emphasis on human-automation interaction.

  • Implement medium fidelity working prototypes of novel user interfaces informed by user research findings, focusing on front-end programming.

  • Assist in technical report writing & present research findings to multi-disciplinary design teams.


  • Masters or PhD student in Human Computer Interaction, Industrial Engineering, Human Factors & Ergonomics, Design, or a related discipline required (e.g., Psychology, Computer Science).

  • Knowledge of at least one programming language well purposed for frontend development required (e.g., JavaScript, Python).

  • Knowledge of at least one frontend library and/or framework required (e.g., React, QT, jQuery).

  • Knowledge of human factors or human centered design research methodologies, including qualitative and quantitative methods of investigation required.

  • Prior software development experience is preferred.

  • Prior experience in writing scientific articles and technical reports preferred.

  • Familiarity with power grids would be beneficial.

  • Ability to do critical and innovative thinking. Ability to take lead in realizing ideas.

  • Prior experience of working in groups.

  • Excellent communication skills (both written and spoken).

More about us

Hitachi Energy is a global technology leader that is advancing a sustainable energy future for all. We serve customers in the utility, industry and infrastructure sectors with innovative solutions and services across the value chain. Together with customers and partners, we pioneer technologies and enable the digital transformation required to accelerate the energy transition towards a carbon-neutral future. We are advancing the world’s energy system to become more sustainable, flexible and secure whilst balancing social, environmental and economic value. Hitachi Energy has a proven track record and unparalleled installed base in more than 140 countries. Headquartered in Switzerland, we employ around 38,000 people in 90 countries. In fiscal year 2020 we generated business volumes of around $10 billion USD as reported by Hitachi.

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