UX Architect

European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)

Contract Duration: 3 years

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Job Description
We are looking to recruit a UX Architect to join the Literature Services Team at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI) located on the Wellcome Genome Campus near Cambridge in the UK.

This role supports our ongoing UX research and design activities within a rapidly growing, successful team.

You’ll be working as part of a product team which includes a Product Manager, front-end and back-end developers, a Helpdesk and a Community Manager. You will be specifically responsible for:

  • Helping to plan and conduct user research to discover user needs and pain points;
  • Gathering business requests from stakeholders and colleagues;
  • Collaborating with the development team to create elegant interaction design solutions;
  • Maintaining and improving the Europe PMC design system / pattern library;
  • Running usability tests;
  • Helping to analyse user behaviour using web analytics.

Qualifications and Experience
You are expected to have an understanding of UX design principles and ideally 1-2 years of experience working in a UX role, using an iterative user-centred process.

You will have some experience of planning and conducting user research to discover user needs, and presenting research insights.

You will have a proven track record of interaction design and information architecture (IA), for example creating design concepts, interactive prototypes, wireframes, user journeys and navigation structures. You will be comfortable sketching and critiquing design ideas. Experience using Sketch, Invision or similar design software would be an advantage.

Any experience in visual design, using pattern libraries and design systems, web analytics and familiarity with HTML and CSS is desirable, but not essential.

You will have some experience of planning and moderating usability tests, or other methods, such as card sorting, to validate your designs with users.

You will relish solving problems creatively and demonstrate excellent communication skills. The team uses Agile methodologies including Scrum and Kanban, so experience of Agile is useful, but not essential.

Ideally you’ll have a degree in design, human computer interaction, psychology or computer science, or relevant experience working in a UX role. Experience working in bioinformatics, biological resource development and/or technical experience within scientific publishing or information science would be an advantage.

EMBL is an inclusive, equal opportunity employer offering attractive conditions and benefits appropriate to an international research organisation. The remuneration package comprises a competitive salary, a comprehensive pension scheme and health insurance, educational and other family related benefits where applicable, as well as financial support for relocation and installation.

You will be willing to learn and use UX methodologies and tools that you are not familiar with and develop your skills and knowledge on the job. But you will also benefit from mentoring, a range of training opportunities and seminars within the organisation and the opportunity to seek advice from other UX practitioners at EMBL-EBI.

You will have the benefit of working on a fantastic campus with excellent facilities, within an international team. There will be occasional opportunities to travel overseas to conferences.

Application Instructions
To apply please submit a covering letter and CV, with two referees, through our online system.

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