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Job Announcement: NSIDC Lean User Interface/User Experience Designer

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NSIDC needs a Lean User Interface/User Experience Designer

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.

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 Schema.org tagging).

How we do it:

We enjoy a casual environment with good benefits, generous vacation and sick time, and flexible schedules. We work with smart people in a highly collaborative environment. Our development staff are organized into small teams, and we use Agile methods (Scrum, Kanban, Lean). We provide significant input to the products, from conception to implementation. We challenge each other to learn new skills and consistently improve our craftsmanship and take pride in creating quality software in intelligent ways.

About you:

You are a designer who enjoys working in an agile environment alongside developers. You are familiar with agile practices and have some experience with lean user experience or lean user interface design. You have also done front-end programming in HTML5, CSS, JavaScript, and possibly worked with CSS preprocessors like Sass or Less before. You have a couple of portfolio pieces that you would share with us demonstrating a clean finished design, and would be prepared to talk about usability challenges in those and other designs. You work well in a team environment, and enjoy learning and mentoring others on the team. You also 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 early and often. 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 www.jobsatcu.com 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 apply.dev@nsidc.org to get the process started quickly. We will ask the best candidates to apply formally.

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