User Experience Designer I/II

at The Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine, United States

Job Description


The Jackson Laboratory (JAX), a nonprofit biomedical research organization based in Bar Harbor, ME, is looking for an experienced User Experience (UX) Designer to join our Computational Sciences team. The Designer will design custom software systems supporting research data access and visualization.

The User Experience (UX) Designer leads the design of computational research systems and custom software delivered to internal and external users, and is responsible for delivering improved technology usability for research and data governance.

Join a team of design professionals to successfully create experiences that matter to the global research community. Using your design thinking skills and experience with UX design systems (Invision, Mural, Figma), apply your talents to make a difference in the community working to cure the world's diseases.

Design delightful user experiences to support the leading edge of biomedical research.
Understand the needs of users, explore solutions to key research priorities, prototype possibilities, and evaluate the impact of your designs.
Help in the preparation of and conduct various types of user research including direct interviews of research faculty, computational researchers, external customers, and various stakeholders.
Facilitate collaborative design thinking activities to understand what people need, explore options, and evaluate possible solutions.
Create appropriate design artifacts such as journey maps, user personas, empathy maps, storyboards, stakeholder maps, and assessments.
Perform analysis of user research and collect data from internal and external sources.
Create visual designs through use of layouts, colors, and illustrations using modern design tools and techniques.
Support the development of digital experiences that are responsive and adaptive leveraging knowledge of emerging technologies and UI frameworks.
Collaborate to create and communicate designs that are going to be impactful and attainable.

Level I:  College diploma or university degree in the field of design, visual design, or digital/software design preferred; one year of internship, co-op, or similar experience required, if no college/university degree.
Level II: 3+ years of experience relating to user experience design, visual design, or digital/software design.
Experience with data visualization is a plus, as is some hands-on, front-end development work to ensure that designs are maintainable.
Familiarity with tools and techniques to drive collaborative design, communications, prototyping, and visual representations of user experience.
Understanding of and experience facilitating design activities.
Effective written, oral, interpersonal, and relationship-building skills.
Experience working effectively in a fast-paced team environment, as well as forward-looking development to address changes and challenges.
Self-motivation, proactivity, dedication and drive to succeed and contribute to team success.
Strong interpersonal, professional, and relationship-building skills and ability to maintain a positive and professional demeanor in all situations to effectively work with a diverse workforce.


About JAX:
The Jackson Laboratory (JAX) is an independent, nonprofit biomedical research institution with more than 2,400 employees. Headquartered in Bar Harbor, Maine, it has a National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center in Augusta, Maine, a genomic medicine institute in Farmington, Connecticut, and facilities in Ellsworth, Maine, Sacramento, California, and Shanghai, China. Its mission is to discover precise genomic solutions for disease and empower the global biomedical community in the shared quest to improve human health.
JAX employees work in a collaborative, value-driven, and team-based environment where the focus is on advancing science and improving patients' lives. Researchers apply genetics to increase the understanding of human disease and advance treatments and cures for cancer, neurological and immune disorders, diabetes, aging, and heart disease. JAX was voted among the top 15 "Best Places to Work in Academia" in the United States in a poll conducted by The Scientist magazine!

EEO Statement:
The Jackson Laboratory provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment in all job classifications without regard to race, color, religion, age, mental disability, physical disability, medical condition, gender, sexual orientation, genetic information, ancestry, marital status, national origin, veteran status, and other classifications protected by applicable state and local non-discrimination laws.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

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Job Posting: 771399

Posted On: Jun 21, 2022

Updated On: Jul 06, 2022