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Assistant Research UIX Designer - National Center for Supercomputing Applications (144992)

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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National Center for Supercomputing Applications

Assistant Research UIX Designer


The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign provides supercomputing and advanced digital resources for the nation's scientific enterprise. At NCSA, University of Illinois faculty, staff, students, and collaborators from around the globe use advanced digital resources to address and research grand challenges for the benefit of science and society. NCSA has been advancing one third of Fortune 50 companies for more than 30 years by bringing industry, researchers and students together to solve grand challenges at rapid speed and scale.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or veteran status. For more information, visit

Embrace variety. Join our team and work on projects that benefit the world! From things like water quality monitoring, to visualizing genetic data, to helping schools adapt to new protocols during a pandemic, the Assistant Research UIX Designer position at NCSA offers a great variety of projects, research areas and problems to tackle within a vibrant software development environment.

Dig in. In this role you will participate in the ideation and design of research software for projects across a wide range of scientific and other academic fields. This will involve interacting with people from diverse academic, scientific, and engineering disciplines to understand research and application objectives, brainstorm solutions to usability challenges, and create innovative user interfaces and experiences.

Design with data. Much of what we do here involves representing, interacting with and visualizing data. This position will provide many opportunities to think and work creatively at helping users understand and find answers in their data.

Advocate for users. Working closely with designers, programmers and project managers, you will participate in validating and prioritizing user requirements, practicing User-Centered Design by helping the project team define and refine the core value proposition of the software from the user’s perspective. You will design interfaces always with the goal of supporting these user-centered requirements.

Be a team member. No design is perfect. The ability to collaborate flexibly and creatively with programmers and stakeholders and produce many iterations of a solution is a must. We will seek your input, ideas and effort in improving the processes, practices and efficiency of the UIX team as it works to support software development at NCSA.

We value you. This position offers a competitive salary, opportunities for growth and advancement within the organization, excellent benefits and support of work/home life balance.

NCSA is committed to increasing the diversity of the campus community. Candidates who have experience working with a diverse range of faculty, staff, and students, and who can contribute to the climate of inclusivity are encouraged to apply.

Key Responsibilities of the Assistant Research UIX Designer

The Assistant Research UIX Designer, both independently and in collaboration with team members, will perform the following:

Research Software and Application Design: (60%)

  • Collaborate on the development of research software with stakeholders, software engineers, designers and scientists from a wide range of disciplines (e.g. medical informatics, biology, genomics, civil and environmental engineering, earth sciences, agriculture, digital humanities, hazard management, astronomy).
  • Design software interfaces, experiences, and data visualizations that integrate powerful backend tools and address real world complex research problems.
  • Apply the fundamentals and principles of design, creative problem solving, and design thinking to create solutions that address user requirements and priorities while also providing excellent user experiences that enable effective use of complex data.
  • Participate in planning and conducting user research, user testing, usability and accessibility assessment, rapid prototyping, and design system development.
  • Create design iterations that integrate collaborative input and new approaches and techniques to address project specific needs and critical technological challenges.

Research Communication: (30%)

  • Contribute to publications, technical reports, and documentation.
  • Communicate findings from research development activities above with project colleagues, including primary investigators, to be used as needed in current programming and design efforts.
  • Develop conversance in UIX best practices, tools, and resources with the goal of continually improving processes and efficiencies for UIX design across NCSA.

Design Systems Collaboration and Support (10%)

  • Participate in the creation and maintenance of enterprise-wide systems for UIX design that improve efficiencies, support designer to developer handoff, enable communication between stakeholders.

Required Education, Training and Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree required in graphic design, UIX design, or related field. Alternative degree fields will be considered if accompanied by equivalent experience (depending on nature and depth of experience as it relates to current NCSA business needs).
  • One year of experience developing design solutions through either academic coursework, employment or research lab experience.
  • Ability to clearly communicate design challenges and solutions verbally and in writing.
  • General knowledge through coursework in either communications, humanities, science or engineering domains.
  • Six months of experience researching, presenting, and/or publishing technical projects or papers in a professional or academic setting.

Preferred Experience:

  • Experience with a user-centered design approach.
  • Experience engaging with users/stakeholders through the design process.
  • Experience writing reports and giving presentations.
  • Experience building, maintaining and/or using design systems is a plus.
  • One or more years of experience in relevant UIX design is a plus.
  • Familiarity with industry best practices and standard tools, such as Sketch App, Figma, InVision App, Adobe Creative Cloud.
  • Basic HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript skills are a plus.

This is a regular academic professional position at NCSA and is an annually renewable, 12/12, 100%-time appointment with regular University benefits. Salary is commensurate with experience and start date will be as soon as possible after the close date of the search. Applicants must possess required education and experience by start date of position. Interviews and hires may occur before the closing date; however, all applications received by the closing date will receive full consideration. For further information regarding our application procedures, you may visit or email [email protected].

To apply, please create your candidate profile at and upload your cover letter and CV/resume by the close date 8/20/2021. Contact information for three references must be included on the application. For full consideration, candidates must complete the Hiretouch application process by the above date. The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. Convictions are not a bar to employment. The University of Illinois System requires candidates selected for hire to disclose any documented finding of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment and to authorize inquiries to current and former employers regarding findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. For more information, visit Policy on Consideration of Sexual Misconduct in Prior Employment. As a qualifying federal contractor, the University of Illinois System uses E-Verify to verify employment eligibility.

College Name or Administrative Unit:OVCRI Category:6-Research Title:Assistant Research UIX Designer - National Center for Supercomputing Applications (144992) Open Date:06/24/2021 Close Date:08/20/2021 Organization Name:Supercomputing Applications


Since its founding in 1867, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has earned a reputation as a world-class leader in research, teaching, and public engagement.


A talented and highly respected faculty is the University's most significant resource. Many are recognized for exceptional scholarship with memberships in such organizations as the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences, and the National Academy of Engineering. 

Our faculty have been awarded Nobel Prizes, Pulitzer Prizes, and the Fields Medal in Mathematics.The success of our faculty is matched by that of our alumni: 11 are Nobel laureates and another 18 have won Pulitzer Prizes.

Academic Resources

Academic resources on campus are among the finest in the world. The University Library is one of the largest public university collections in the world with 11 million volumes in its 37 unit libraries. Annually, 53,000,000 people visit its online catalog. Students have access to thousands of computer terminals in classrooms, residence halls, and campus libraries for use in classroom instruction, study, and research.


Students and scholars find the University an ideal place to conduct research. The Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology is a model for interdisciplinary research, where eighteen research groups from sixteen University departments work within and across three broadly defined themes: biological intelligence, human-computer intelligent interaction, and molecular and electronic nanostructures. The University is also home to the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA).

Undergraduate Education

The University has a fundamental commitment to undergraduate education. Nearly 28,000 undergraduate students are enrolled in nine undergraduate divisions, which together offer some 4,000 courses in more than 150 fields of study.

Undergraduate admission is highly selective. In the 2001 freshman class, students in the middle 50% had ACT scores between 25 and 30 and ranked between the 83rd and 96th percentiles of their high school graduating classes.

The University enrolls over 9,000 graduate and professional students in more than 100 disciplines. It is among the top five universities in number of earned doctorates awarded annually in the United States.

Also integral to the University's mission is a commitment to public engagement. Each year about 65,000 Illinois residents participate in scores of conferences, institutes, courses, and workshops presented statewide. Research and class projects take students and professors off campus to share expertise and technical support with Illinois farmers, manufacturing firms, and businesses. In a typical year, student volunteers log more than 60,000 volunteer hours.

The Arts

A major center for the arts, the campus attracts dozens of nationally and internationally renowned artists each year to its widely acclaimed Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. The University also supports two major museums: the Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion; and the Spurlock Museum, a museum of world history and culture. 

Other major facilities include the multipurpose Assembly Hall (16,500 seats); Memorial Stadium (70,000 seats), site of Big Ten Conference football games; and the Intramural-Physical Education Building, one of the largest recreational facilities of its kind on a university campus.

Inclusive Illinois, one campus, many voices

Inclusive Illinois is the University’s commitment to cultivating a community at Illinois where everyone is welcomed, celebrated, and respected. Illinois is about how we value difference to make a difference.

As evidence of the University’s commitment to enhance the working, living, and learning environment for faculty, staff, and students, the University will encourage a standard of conduct and behavior that is consistent with the values of inclusivity. In an environment of inclusivity, there is no place for acts of hatred, intolerance, insensitivity, bigotry, threats of violence, harassment or discrimination.

Inclusive Illinois, one campus, many voices

Inclusive Illinois is the University’s commitment to cultivating a community at Illinois where everyone is welcomed, celebrated, and respected. Through education, engagement, and excellence, each voice creates the Inclusive Illinois Experience.

How can we appreciate difference to make a difference?

Illinois is the place where we embrace difference. We embrace it because we value it. We value it because we know that we have so much to learn from each other in our living, learning, and working environment.

Illinois is the place where we recognize the power of possibility and where great potential is realized. Inclusive Illinois is the vision of that place: a vision made real by leadership and commitment.

Illinois is the place where consensus is forged by discourse and where everyone’s contributions are recognized: significant contributions that elevate us because they are informed and enhanced by race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation and gender identity, age, physical ability, religion, class, and national origin. We are enriched by these perspectives, and we are united by the very discourse that brings these views together.

It is a process. It is transformative. And we celebrate the remarkable changes we set in motion here … taking an important step … crossing boundaries … starting with our own.

It all starts with each of us: with our willingness to embark on the journey in the search for answers, and with our openness and acceptance of the answers we find. Illinois is the place where it all comes together.

Learn more about how Inclusive Illinois promotes diversity here.

Commitment to Equal Opportunity

The commitment of the University to the most fundamental principles of academic freedom, equality of opportunity, and human dignity requires that decisions involving students and employees be based on individual merit and be free from invidious discrimination in all its forms, whether or not specifically prohibited by law. Among the forms of invidious discrimination prohibited by the University policy but not law is discrimination, including harassment, on the basis of sexual orientation. Complaints of invidious discrimination in violation of University policy are to be resolved within existing University procedures. The policy of the University of Illinois is to comply with all federal and state nondiscrimination, equal opportunity, and affirmative action laws, orders, and regulations. The University will not engage in discrimination or harassment against any person because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, disability, unfavorable discharge from the military, or status as a disabled veteran or a veteran of the Vietnam era. This nondiscrimination policy applies to admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in University programs and activities

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