Freelance UX Research jobs for world-class designers

At Toptal, you get to work on freelance UX Research jobs and projects with top clients who understand the value of elite design talent. As a former lead UX Research designer, manager, or specialist, you gain the opportunity to design your own schedule, get real-time help from a global community of experts, and enjoy top professional development opportunities.

Hiring UX researchers? Learn more about Toptal.

Why should you use Toptal to build your career?

At Toptal, you’ll always have plenty of opportunities available to grow personally and professionally. From working with cutting-edge design tools to getting real-time feedback from a global community of top designers, there are always options for creating value for yourself here.

Grow your career by working with top companies

Grow your career by working with top companies

At Toptal, you’ll choose from projects with industry leaders like Airbnb and NetApp and learn cutting-edge design methodologies and skills.

Never worry about payments

Never worry about payments

At Toptal, you set your own rate, always get paid on time, and never have to worry about negotiating with clients or competing with cheap, inexperienced designers.

Design your own lifestyle

Design your own lifestyle

No offices, no useless meetings, and no mandatory hours. You choose your own availability and enjoy the freedom to work from wherever you want.

Learn from peers and take advanced technical courses

Learn from peers and take advanced technical courses

Have a question? Ping the Toptal Slack Community for real-time, on-demand support from a global network of top designers. Want to learn a new skill? The Toptal Academy is designed to help you rapidly learn new skills from your peers.

Get featured on the Toptal Design Blog

Get featured on the Toptal Design Blog

With hundreds of thousands of subscribers, advanced design studies, and frequent syndication requests from top industry publications, publishing on the Toptal Design Blog is a unique chance to show off your top work to the best in the industry.

Speak at conferences and attend events

Speak at conferences and attend events

Not only will you be able to attend Toptal Community events in cities all around the world, but as part of the Toptal Speakers Network, we’ll also help you attend leading conferences, submit papers, and prepare and deliver keynote speeches.

Meet members of the Toptal UX Research community:

James Tucker

San Francisco, CA, United States

James is an idea machine and master problem-solver when it comes to user interfaces. He is passionate about making users love the produc... Read More

Lara Chikhani

Beirut, Lebanon

Along with having 11 years of experience in UX design, Lara is an independent consultant who works with startups, agencies, and establis... Read More

Katrina Talley

Phoenix, AZ, United States

Katrina is an innovative user experience and interaction designer with more than a decade of experience in product design for the web, d... Read More

Zeltonique Damon

Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa

Zeltonique's primary goal as a product designer is to help create awareness for inclusive design within the industry. As a product desig... Read More

Arthur Badalian

New York, NY, United States

Arthur is an advertising strategist with a deep passion for design-led solutions. His master’s in advertising coupled with UX/UI design ... Read More

Esperanza Garcia

Christchurch, New Zealand

Esperanza is an experienced UX/UI designer who has worked on a variety of projects spanning web and mobile applications for a variety of... Read More

Hardeep Majithia

Toronto, ON, Canada

Hardeep is a design specialist with eight years' experience in UX and strategy. He has contributed to award-winning, customer-focused di... Read More

Marco Righetto

Gijón, Spain

Marco creates positive changes via human-centered innovation. A well-rounded designer, he's honed his skills at international consultanc... Read More

Jay Oldaker

Canton, OH, United States

Jay is a user experience and product design veteran. For the past 14 years, he's worked on web and mobile applications spanning healthca... Read More

Lander Muruaga

Bilbao, Spain

Lander is a UX design expert with more than 15 years of experience helping companies to conceptualize, design, and launch easy-to-use pr... Read More

Mini Kim

New York City, NY, United States

Mini has worked with a diverse array of clients for over a decade in New York City. She enjoys learning about different industries and t... Read More

See 3 typical UX Research jobs you’ll have access to at Toptal:

Top clients, ranging from industry-leaders to rapidly growing start-ups, use Toptal to hire elite UX researchers for their mission-critical jobs.

Director of UX Research
User Experience Design, User Experience Research, User Centered Design

We are a large semiconductor manufacturer with a strong product innovation team. We are hiring a Director of UX Research to generate a strategic vision and UX roadmap for our entire product suite of hardware and software. The ideal individual will ensure research quality and consistency across all use cases while leading our 50+ person group of designers, scientists, engineers, and marketers.

Lead UX Designer
User Experience Design, A/B Testing, Information Architecture, User Journeys

We are a boutique design consultancy seeking a seasoned Lead UX Designer to join our ambitious team. The Lead UX Designer will need to stay on top of the pace of change in consumer behavior and technology, as well as conduct remote user tests with our customers, map user personas and journeys, analyze and create sitemaps, and design and execute A/B tests.

Senior UX Researcher
User Experience Research, UX Design, User Centered Design

We are an innovation lab kicking off primary and secondary user research to support our understanding of current and future customer needs, motivations, and behaviors. We are looking for a Senior UX Researcher with a strong research and design foundation, along with the experience extracting insights from ambiguous data, who can collaborate with teams of marketers, designers, engineers.

Enjoy competitive, worry-free compensation.

At Toptal, you set your own rates and never have to spend time marketing yourself, billing clients, etc. Most Toptalers make substantially more through Toptal than they did at their previous jobs, and we’ll always pay you on time, even if clients have not yet paid us. Never worry about payments again.

Trusted by:
HP Enterprises worked with Toptal to add freelance developers to their team in Israel.
Airbnb trusted Toptal to help hire programmers to support their Berlin office.
Zendesk trusted Toptal contractors to develop their key software applications.
Thumbtack hires software engineers from Toptal for their mission-critical initiatives.
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NetApp hires software engineers from Toptal for their mission-critical initiatives.

Design your own lifestyle.

At Toptal, you can choose your own schedule and work from anywhere in the world that has Internet. Whether you want to spend more time at home with your family or start traveling and work from exotic beaches, the choice is completely up to you. No offices, no mandatory hours, just complete freedom to work in the way that suits you best.

Join design conferences, advanced skill development sessions, and more.

Not only will you be able to attend Toptal Community events in cities all around the world, but if you join the Toptal Speakers Network, we'll also help you attend leading conferences, submit papers, and prepare and deliver keynote speeches.

Publish advanced papers alongside UX researchers on the Toptal Design Blog.

The Toptal Design Blog features hundreds of thousands of subscribers, daily in-depth design studies, and frequent syndication requests from leading publications across the design industry. By joining, you’ll be able to publish on the Toptal Design Blog and show your top work off to a global audience of top UX researchers.

Why do top UX Research experts join Toptal?

Mariana Garcia

UX Design Lead
Guadalajara, Mexico

Mariana has more than 10 years of experience working with digital products. She has worked in both digital agencies and in software. Most of her experience is oriented towards software/mobile application definition and user interfaces, Mariana also has experience with data visualization, information architecture, user testing, A/B testing, multivariate testing, heuristic evaluation, and research.

Toptal gives me access to amazing clients and design opportunities that allow me to exercise my skills in UX research and testing. In addition, I love the flexibility and work/life balance, knowing that I can work from anywhere and at any time. Toptal provides so many benefits a standard 9-5 job just can’t offer.

Mirna Majstorović

UX Research & Web Developer
Zagreb, Croatia

Mirna is a UX designer with a strong background in HTML/CSS coding and experience in designing and developing web applications. She enjoys turning complex workflows into simple, seamless, and pleasant experiences. She loves delivering intuitive design solutions based on the needs of users, the goals of the business, and the constraints of technology.

Toptal is a consistent source of interesting client projects, where I can put into practice much of the UX/UI design knowledge I’ve acquired over the years. Thanks to the Toptal matching process, I get introduced only to the clients and jobs that can really benefit from my skills, with the usual “noise” in client communications reduced to a minimum.

Jenny Shen

Interaction Designer
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Jenny is an award-winning senior UX designer who specializes in user experience and conversion optimization. She has worked with clients from innovative startups to brands like eBuddy, Deskbookers, and Megabite Pizza. Today, she focuses on solving difficult UX challenges in the travel, e-commerce, and SaaS markets.

Toptal offers UX Research specialists like me a platform to work with quality clients, with the hardest parts of freelance work — finding clients, invoicing, and selecting client — all taken care of by Toptal. In addition, the Toptal community is incredible. Toptal members can take advantage of professional development and training, which are rarely offered among freelance communities. Being a part of Toptal is a dream-come-true for any freelancer.

By joining Toptal, you’ll have full flexibility over which projects you choose and when you want to work.

Aside from enjoying the benefits of our amazing community, you’ll have full flexibility to accept or reject projects as you prefer. Whether you prefer to work full-time at Toptal or you’d rather just take on occasional hourly jobs, the choice is yours.

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