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Senior UI/UX Designer

Posted on 29 March 2023

Join our team of researchers, engineers, and designers to shape the future of biomedical research!

The Gehlenborg Lab in the Department of Biomedical Informatics at Harvard Medical School is funded to develop data visualization tools and user interfaces for multiple national and international cell atlas projects such as the Human Biomolecular Atlas Program (HuBMAP), the Cellular Senescence Network (SenNet), the Human Tumor Atlas Network (HTAN), the Kidney Precision Medicine Network(KPMP), and the Human Cell Atlas (HCA).

The ultimate goal of these efforts is to create maps of the human body at single-cell resolution with the help of cutting edge technologies that generate large and complex sequencing and imaging data sets. The maps will shape our understanding of processes like aging and usher in a new era of treatments for common human diseases.

Your responsibility will be to ensure that the user experience and user interfaces for our tools meet the needs of a broad community of scientists, clinicians, and other stakeholders. You will accomplish this by applying state-of-the-art user research techniques to elicit personas, use cases, and evaluation criteria. You will create wireframes and high fidelity user interface mockups. You will partner with the software developers and researchers on our team as well as national and international collaborators to accomplish our goals. You will also coordinate and oversee the day-to-day work of other UI/UX designers on the team and develop processes and documentation for UI/UX design work in the Gehlenborg Lab.

We value diversity, creativity, and initiative in a highly collaborative and interdisciplinary work environment. The Gehlenborg Lab has an international reputation for creating high impact data visualization tools and we are driven to solve the most challenging design and engineering problems in biomedical data science. We would love to have you on our team!

Work Environment

The Gehlenborg Lab is using a hybrid workplace model and this position can be fully remote, hybrid, or in-person. All remote work must be performed within a state in which Harvard is registered to do business. Occasional domestic or international travel to attend meetings may be required.

Typical Core Duties

  • Function as subject matter expert to frame, scope, and lead multiple interdisciplinary projects using a collaborative approach
  • Document detailed UX specifications
  • Ensure work delivery, including accurate estimation, time management, & communication
  • Manage UI/UX design multiple projects simultaneously in collaboration with developer lead, project lead, and the principal investigator
  • Coordinate and oversee the day-to-day work of other UI/UX designers on the team
  • Represent the university internally and externally
  • Abide by and follow the Harvard University IT technical standards, policies and Code of Conduct

Basic Qualifications

  • Minimum of 5 years post-secondary education or relevant work experience

Additional Qualifications and Skills

  • Minimum of 3 years of UI/UX design work including user studies, user interface design, and evaluation
  • Master’s degree in a relevant field preferred but not required
  • Comprehensive knowledge of and hands-on experience with user interface and user experience research and design techniques
  • Expert knowledge of Figma or state-of-the-art user interface design tools
  • Strong graphic design skills and experience in creating visual identities
  • Hands-on experience with GitHub or other collaborative version control systems
  • Working knowledge of the web application development life cycle
  • Experience with IRB protocols for human subjects research
  • Understanding of basics of molecular biology and biomedical research is helpful but not required
  • Motivation for mentoring junior team members, interns, and trainees and collaborating with peers across multiple sites


This is a one-year term position with strong potential for renewal.

How to Apply

Apply on Harvard Careers.

Harvard Medical School is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply.