Valve is looking to hire a psychologist with at least four years' worth of experience in experimental design and research methods.
The opening comes as a result of Valve wanting to "know about human behavior and about the motivations and influences underlying how and why people do what they do".
Valve Hiring Psychologist
"We believe that all game designers are, in a sense, experimental psychologists. That is why we’re looking for an experimental psychologist with superior research skills to apply knowledge and methodologies from psychology to game design and all aspects of Valve’s operations.", the job listing reads.
"We want to leverage your experience with experimental design, research methods, statistics, and human behavior to help craft even more compelling gameplay experiences for future Valve titles. We’d also expect you to research and weigh in on any and all topics that are relevant to improving the experiences of our customers, partners, and employees.", it continues.
The open psychologist position is part of a broader hiring drive that also sees Valve looking for an economist and statistician alongside more traditional roles such as game designer or software engineer.
Nonetheless, it's good to see that Valve potentially intends to return to developing games in the coming years. The developer is currently preparing for the launch of Half-Life: Alyx, its VR flagship title that's set to launch in March.
You can check out all the job listings over on Valve's website.