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UX Designer/Researcher II

Department: Animated Cell

UX Designer/Researcher II

*We highly value the ability to communicate clearly in written form; applicants are strongly encouraged to include a brief cover letter explaining their interest in the role and elaborating on their experience*

The mission of the Allen Institute is to unlock the complexities of bioscience and advance our knowledge to improve human health. Using an open science, multi-scale, team-oriented approach, the Allen Institute focuses on accelerating foundational research, developing standards and models, and cultivating new ideas to make a broad, transformational impact on science.

The Allen Institute for Cell Science is seeking a talented and enthusiastic early to mid-level UX designer to design, test and improve our software tools. At the Institute, we build open-source community tools that make cell biology more accessible to more people in order to foster scientific collaboration and discovery. We investigate cell behavior by collecting and analyzing hundreds of thousands of 3D microscope images, each containing extensive metadata. We produce tools to store this data as well as tools that allow both our in-house scientists and the general public to access and analyze it. As we collect increasing amounts and types of data, these tools will become more complex and require extensive UX design to make and keep them efficient and elegant.

Our team is composed of highly dedicated and creative people with diverse backgrounds and skill sets who work together on cutting edge development projects. We seek to grow our talented team and promote research-led design. Join our inclusive team to pursue your passion of using user experience design and research to increase scientific and societal impact.

The ideal candidate will be skilled at interfacing across multiple groups and stakeholders, communicating ideas, designs, and owning their projects. They should be well-versed in user research, visual and interaction design, the design thinking process, review/critique, and collaboration and handoff working with engineers. As UX Designer/Researcher I, you will own and drive your own initiatives with the support of the design team. We highly value those who always seek to learn and are diligent and detail-oriented in their work. As a member of our team, you will enjoy professional growth opportunities in a supportive environment and the freedom to contribute value based on your interests and skills.

To learn more about our work at the Allen Institute for Cell Science, please visit:

The Allen Institute believes that team science significantly benefits from the participation of diverse voices, experiences and backgrounds. High-quality science can only be produced when it includes different perspectives. We are committed to increasing diversity across every team and encourage people from all backgrounds to apply for this role.

Essential Functions

Reporting to the Director of Animated Cell (a team that democratizes access to the Instituteís data and tools), the individualís responsibilities will include the following:

  • Gather and evaluate user needs and collaborate with scientists and engineers to build consensus on implementation of design recommendations
  • Coordinate and conduct UX research initiatives as project requires and build methods to iteratively guide projects
  • Develop mockups and/or prototypes that clearly communicate design concepts and specifications, maintaining visual design consistency
  • Demonstrate good judgment in selecting methods and techniques for obtaining solutions
  • Actively contribute to ongoing process evaluation and improvement
  • Manage work with minimal supervision

Note: Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. This description reflects managementís assignment of essential functions; it does not proscribe or restrict the tasks that may be assigned.

Required Education and Experience

  • Bachelorís Degree in human-centered design, information science (or related field), or an equivalent combination of degree and experience, including completion of a UX bootcamp
  • 2 years of proven work experience as a UX/Product Designer or similar role
  • Experience leading user research initiatives
  • Sufficient knowledge of HTML/CSS/JavaScript to interface well with engineers
  • Portfolio demonstrating research and design experience

Preferred Education and Experience

  • 2-4 years proven work experience as a UX/Product Designer or similar role
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience creating and managing style guides and libraries
  • Experience or coursework in biology or related science
  • Experience with agile

Physical Demands

  • Fine motor movements in fingers/hands to operate computers and other office equipment

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

  • This role is currently able to work both remotely and onsite in a hybrid work environment. We are a Washington State employer, and the primary work location for all Allen Institute employees is 615 Westlake Ave N.; any remote work must be performed in Washington State.

Additional Eligibility Qualifications

  • In keeping with our focus on employee safety, all employees must be up to date with vaccinations against COVID-19 as a condition of employment unless a medical or religious accommodation is approved. All employees will be required to keep their vaccination status up to date according to CDC guidance.

Additional Comments

  • **Please note, this opportunity does not sponsor work visas and has no relocation assistance**


It is the policy of the Allen Institute to provide equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, the Allen Institute will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.





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