Software Engineer - UX Role

    University of Washington
    Seattle, WA
    Full-time, Part-time
    Similar jobs pay $30.81 - $64.81

    Job Description

    As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world.

    UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty. All of which has allowed the UW to be nationally recognized as a "Great College to Work For" for six consecutive years.

    Electrical & Computer Engineering has an outstanding opportunity for a Software Engineer.

    The Software Engineer will serve as UX designer responsible for user analysis, and Aquarium user interface design and development.

    Position involves applying systems analysis techniques and procedures including consulting with users to determine software system functional specifications. Engineer should have demonstrated professional competence in software development above the journey-level, be able to independently perform work assignments, and be able to devise methods to meet new and unique work requirements and problems in a research context.

    Aquarium ( is an open-source whole-lab automation system built to support a cloud biology lab that performs workflows with human technicians. Aquarium enables researchers to work remotely as they design and launch experimental plans built from a menu of modular protocols. Using the software, plans are executed by the lab in a semi-automated fashion: user requests are scheduled by a lab manager, who assigns each task to a lab technician who performs all aspects of the work guided by a protocol that executes in Aquarium. As a result, technicians with a base level of training are able to execute complex protocols with remarkable reproducibility, traceability, and data integrity. Building upon this platform, and related to the current COVID-19 pandemic, we have funding to adapt Aquarium to deal with resiliency in diagnostic testing and research.

    Toward this goal, we are seeking a UX designer to join our team to help us understand and shape how users experience Aquarium.

    Performs user experience analysis and design in order to guide development of the Aquarium software system.
    • Uses UX design knowledge and experience to contribute to decisions on team methodology, project prioritization and project planning.
    • Selects tasks based on project plan and priorities or Project Lead direction; works without supervision once tasks; collaborates with team members as needed; reports progress per team standards; and gets help from Project Lead or others when needed.
    • Serves as expert on UX design; advises Project Lead on appropriate design and analysis needs; communicates user needs to rest of software development team; and coaches student developers on UX decisions.
    • Contributes to other projects as needed: design of deployment experience, communicating and consulting with user community.
    Participates in sponsor and Klavins Lab meetings and activities.

    • Bachelor's Degree in HCDE, Informatics or Computer Science. Equivalent experience can substitute for degree requirement.
    • Minimum three years work experience in UX design and front-end development for one or more large applications.

    Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.

    • Experience with user cognitive task analysis.
    • Experience with Agile software development and planning on at least one large project.
    • Experience on small teams.
    • Experience designing scientific, workflow or automation software.
    • Background or interest in laboratory science.

    Travel is expected. Minimum is one week every three months.

    Application Process:
    The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These assessments may include Workforce Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others. Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select "Apply to this position". Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your "My Jobs" page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.

    Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, the University of Washington will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.

    The University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship & sustainability, and committed to becoming climate neutral.

    The University of Washington is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 / 206-543-6452 (tty) or

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    Posting ID: 556638451Posted: 2020-05-21