User Interface/User Experience Designer

Posting Date: 
9 July 2014
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About NSIDC: 
The mission of the National Snow and Ice Data Center is to make fundamental contributions to cryospheric science and excel in managing data and disseminating information in order to advance understanding of the Earth system. NSIDC is a trusted source of cryospheric data and services, and is a leader in research and development within this field. We enjoy a broad stable funding base which collectively supports our infrastructure and provides growth in numerous technical fields.
About this job: 

What we do:

We offer online access to scientific data and information to a broad community of scientific users. We implement service-oriented web applications and science data programs, contributing to a valuable scientific mission. We have a variety of interesting, meaningful technical and design challenges to solve, and we have recently tackled searching (NSIDC Data Search and the Arctic Data Explorer), exposing data to broad audiences (Greenland Today, Arctic Sea Ice News and Analysis, and Satellite Observations of Arctic Change), and incorporating data management best practices (Digital Object Identifier Landing Pages and tagging).

How we do it:

We enjoy a casual environment with good benefits, generous vacation and sick time, and flexible schedules. We work with talented people in a collaborative environment. Our software development staff is organized into small teams, and we use Agile methods. We create cross-functional project teams to produce a variety of Web applications. We challenge each other to learn new skills and consistently improve our craftsmanship and take pride in creating quality software applications in intelligent ways.

About you:

You are a mid- to senior-level designer with well-developed aesthetic skills and solid Web design skills. You know what makes software usable, and you can articulate the principles behind your design decisions. You enjoy collaborating with developers and designers. You are familiar with Agile practices and have worked alongside software developers. You have done front-end programming in HTML5, CSS, JavaScript, and possibly worked with CSS preprocessors like Sass or Less before. You have a portfolio demonstrating a clean finished design that you can share with us, and you can talk about challenges in those and other designs. You can also share JavaScript code samples.

You work well in a team environment, and enjoy learning from and mentoring others on the team. You have the experience and confidence to disagree when appropriate, and the soft skills to do so respectfully. You take pride in your ability to incorporate feedback in your designs from test users and other designers. You are excited by solving technical and design problems, especially in the intersection of the two. You hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university (the University of Colorado requires this).

Search using job posting number RF00974 to formally apply for this position. Be prepared to upload your cover letter, a current resume, contact information for three references, proof of your degree (upload under Doc 1), and complete the Faculty/Exempt Professional and EEO Data (application) form. Please note: we fully understand that these University hoops one must jump through might deter qualified candidates, so we encourage you to first send a cover letter and resume to to get the process started quickly. We will ask the best candidates to apply formally.

The University of Colorado is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to building a diverse workforce. We encourage applications from women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans. Alternative formats of this ad can be provided upon request for individuals with disabilities by contacting the ADA Coordinator at (303) 492-1334. The University of Colorado at Boulder conducts background checks for all final applicants being considered for employment.