The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nation's premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.
The Center for Game Science at the University of Washington builds innovative games that produce real results in key problems facing humanity. We have created games that are affecting change in medicine through protein folding (FoldIt), K-12 education practices (Refraction, Treefrog Treasure) and formal verification of software (Pipe Jam).
Our Computer Science & Engineering, Center for Game Science, has an outstanding opportunity for a UX Designer to help design the next generation of serious games for scientific discovery, learning, software verification, and more.
The UX Designer will work closely with project teams to optimally structure information and organize features, applying the principles of usability, utility, and elegance. The UX Designer will develop scenarios, use cases, high-level requirements, workflows, information architecture, wireframes, click-through prototypes, visual interface design, and mockups as needed for educational games, scientific discovery games, educational tools, and associated websites. The tools and games may need to work across web, tablets, and mobile devices. Since many of our applications will be used in classroom settings, special care will need to be taken in thinking of the classroom environment, including the time pressures on teachers, and the wide range in computer literacy of students.
This position requires the ability to work independently and in team settings. It requires interacting with a diverse group of highly technical users in diverse areas. It operates in an extremely fast-paced and technologically volatile environment. Priorities will change, requiring designs to be adjusted in a short span of time. A high degree of technical skill and judgment is needed to prioritize design work, which goes hand-in-hand with excellent verbal and written communication skills needed to discuss problems and describe problems and solutions to other developers, researchers, and teachers.
The duties will include:
Create use cases, wireframes, user flow diagrams, and high-fidelity prototypes to solidify design direction and plans for games and educational software.
Create compelling visual treatments for UIs and menus that are intuitive, easy to navigate and convey relevant information without being overwhelming.
Communicate and collaborate with all members of the team and with external partners to incorporate a diverse set of requirements into a simplified, elegant design. Participate in playtests and on-site school-based trials. Incorporate feedback from observation, one-on-one interviews, and field studies. Identify priorities and gaps in current designs, and contribute/iterate creative solutions to user experience and interface design problems.
Conduct comparative analysis of other web-based educational tools and educational games, and scientific discovery games, evaluating their design and features
Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Information Technology or related field and/or equivalent experience that demonstrates competency and three years of experience
- Intimate understanding of user interface standards, user-centered design, and informal usability testing
- Excellent skill in UX Design tools such as Visio, OmniGraffle, Axure, or Dreamweaver
- Excellent knowledge of design principles and refined sense of graphic design
- Proficient in Adobe CS products, in particular Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop
- Close familiarity with web technologies such as HTML 5, CSS, Flash/Actionscript, Java, PHP, or Python.
- Excellent communication and documentation skills, and must enjoy working in a fast-paced environment
- Demonstrated ability to work with general supervision-to effectively self-manage and self-motivate
- Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
- Experience with educational tools and applications, and a sense of the unique challenges of that audience
- Experience with designing UI for games and to facilitate social interaction
- Experience in a major research university setting is preferred
- Experience in working with engineering teams by delivering CSS / HTML 5 files that they can build upon
- Experience with UI across multiple screens: desktop, mobile, tablet, etc., and how to adapt functionality for each screen
- Experience with setting up and running playtesting or user testing
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