Full Time Job

Accessibility Researcher


London, United Kingdom 08-30-2023
  • Paid
  • Full Time
Job Description
Why PlayStation?

Role & Responsibilities
• Collaborate with game developers and user researchers to fully understand the needs of each project, and partner with senior researchers in producing research plans that effectively fits accessibility into the development processes
• Plan and design research activities that support inclusive game design that helps improve the product
• Work with studios and producers to set clear expectations for the output of accessibility work
• Communicate findings to more senior researchers as well as directly to technical and non-technical studio members to develop a deep understanding of accessibility needs and potential solutions
• Work across first party studios to ensure that accessibility features and inclusive design choices are applied consistently across all games
• Facilitate inclusive design workshops and accessibility focused training for game developers
• Create, update, and improve accessibility specific processes, methods, and documentation
• Maintain an up-to-date knowledge of accessibility best practices, industry standards, and legal requirements
• Act as an ambassador, sharing knowledge and advocating for accessibility both internally and externally
• Foster relationships and actively engage with the accessibility community and industry experts

Experience & Knowledge
• Have studied Game Design, UX, Product Management or a related subject area to degree level
• Experience in the video game industry in Game Design, UX or Product Management OR prior experience in an Accessibility role in the software, web, or video game industry
• Record of raising awareness and developing accessibility solutions in previous roles
• Knowledge of WCAG guidelines, CVAA requirements, Game Accessibility Guidelines, and other accessibility guidelines and standards
• A passionate interest in video games


The successful candidate should demonstrate:
• Strong verbal and written communication skills; presenting information concisely and efficiently to people at all levels of the organisation
• Good negotiation and influencing skills and be able to work well with cross-functional teams
• Good organisation skills with the ability to prioritise tasks in a fast-paced environment
• Excellent attention to detail and a strong commitment to quality, both in terms of your own work and in improving product quality through accessibility research
• A good grounding in accessibility and excellent analytical ability; able to identify the key problems that need to be addressed
• A commitment to reliability, with a clear understanding and communication of the limitations of research results
• Ability to be open-minded and forward-thinking and actively maintain an interest in the field

Bonus Points
• Familiarity with qualitative and quantitative research methods
• An understanding of the role of user research to support continued development
• You know the game development process and the role and limitations of accessibility at each development stage
• Usability or UX testing experience, including client/account management, creating study designs, moderating sessions, writing reports, and presenting findings to a multi-disciplinary audience
• AbleGamers APXP Certification, CPACC Certification, Section 508 & WCAG Certification, or other related qualifications

Equal Opportunity Statement:

Sony is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All persons will receive consideration for employment without regard to gender (including gender identity, gender expression and gender reassignment), race (including colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin), religion or belief, marital or civil partnership status, disability, age, sexual orientation, pregnancy or maternity, trade union membership or membership in any other legally protected category.

We strive to create an inclusive environment, empower employees and embrace diversity. We encourage everyone to respond.

PlayStation is a Fair Chance employer and qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records will be considered for employment.

Jobcode: Reference SBJ-r142ox-18-205-26-39-42 in your application.

Company Profile

Recognized as a global leader in interactive and digital entertainment, Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) is responsible for the PlayStation® brand and family of products and services.