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UI/UX Designer, Emerging Technology Observatory (ETO)

Georgetown University k

Washington, DC

Jun 20
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UI/UX Designer, Emerging Technology Observatory (ETO), Center for Security and Emerging Technology (CSET) -- Walsh School of Foreign Service (SFS), Georgetown University

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UI/UX Designer, Emerging Technology Observatory (ETO), Center for Security and Emerging Technology (CSET) -- Walsh School of Foreign Service (SFS) - Georgetown University

The, under the School of Foreign Service, is hiring a UI/UX Designer. The UI/UX Designer will be part of the CSET Data Science Team's new effort, working with software engineers, data scientists, and research fellows and analysts on a small but passionate team focused on building tools and datasets that assist with decision support. Day to day, the UI/UX Designer will be responsible for performing user interviews, writing user stories, creating user interface mockups, and conducting usability testing for public-facing Observatory products.

About CSET and the Emerging Technology Observatory:

CSET is a research organization focused on studying the security impacts of emerging technologies, supporting academic work in security and technology studies, and delivering nonpartisan analysis to technologists and policymakers. The Emerging Technology Observatory team focuses on building products that leverage CSET's data resources and infrastructure to give external users visibility into emerging technology trends. We are located in Washington, DC near Union Station.

About the UI/UX Designer Role:

The UI/UX designer will report to the ETO Technical Lead and will be responsible for:

• Conducting user interviews with government officials, policy analysts, and research scientists in collaboration with the ETO Technical and Analytic Leads
• Writing user stories to convey user experiences and requirements to ETO team and inform product roadmaps
• Organizing and tracking user feedback on wireframes, product prototypes (betas), and released products
• Helping select and prioritize features to address user requirements
• Creating design mockups using Figma or similar interface design tools
• Iterating designs in collaboration with the ETO team and external users
• Developing usability testing plans and conducting usability testing
• Developing accessibility testing plans and ensuring compliance for all product releases

Depending on experience and interest, they may also assist with:

• Collaborating on technical documentation to ensure usability
• Designing API specifications
• Designing data schemas
• Creating stylesheets
• Creating automated front-end tests
• Helping design written products (e.g., static pages, pdfs) for the broader CSET team


• Bachelor's degree;
• 2+ years of user interface design experience with attention to accessibility;
• Experience using Figma or similar tools;
• Ability to work successfully in a highly collaborative team environment;
• Ability to conduct user interviews and identify underlying needs that may not be explicitly articulated;
• Interest in understanding the complex requirements and use cases of subject matter expert users;
• Clear written and verbal communication that enables discussion of design tradeoffs;
• Motivated, enthusiastic and self-driven.

Preferred qualifications:

Our ideal applicant has at least 1-2 of the following additional skills:

• Knowledge of front-end testing
• Experience using databases or APIs, or interest in learning
• Experience with SQL or a scripting language, or interest in learning
• Experience writing technical documentation
• Experience collaborating on Github
• Experience working with engineers on small teams

This UI/UX Designer position is based in the United States and offers no relocation assistance. This position is not eligible for a specialty-occupation sponsorship and, accordingly, this position requires that all applicants be legally eligible to work in the United States without sponsorship from Georgetown University.

Application upload requirements:

Complete applications require a resume/CV, cover letter, and design portfolio.

Work Mode: Hybrid 4 Days. Please note that work mode designations are regularly reviewed in order to meet the evolving needs of the University. Such review may necessitate a change to a position's mode of work designation. Complete details about Georgetown University's mode of work designations for staff and AAP positions can be found on the Department of Human Resources

The role may be eligible for a fully remote (telework) work arrangement, but will require some in-person meetings with users. Up to 10% travel may be required to meet with customers and stakeholders - more if the candidate is not based in DC.

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