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UX Designer/Developer

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Our client, a university in Cambridge, is looking for a UX Designer/Developer to join their team! This role is onsite in Cambridge and starts the first week of May. This is a long term contract (12 months+)

They are looking for a trained designer who can code and create a slick, highly usable format end. The talent needs to understand cognitive factors and have heavy emphasis in the other technical skills referenced below.

The User Experience Developer will work in a large-university educational-technology setting to plan, design, code and test the user workflows, behaviors and interfaces of web-based applications. This role will work to understand the needs of an application's users and translate that knowledge into the creation of workflows and experiences that promote learning, with special emphasis on usability. As a member of the User Experience & Interaction team, this candidate works closely with product management, programmers and other designers to translate product requirements into highly usable web applications using cutting edge technology. The UX Designer must be comfortable addressing a complex and diverse set of interaction problems, and researching and/or developing new solutions to design/technology challenges.

This role must be comfortable working both independently and collaboratively, with good time management skills, solid team experiences and proven judgment in order to plan, prioritize and accomplish goals. Strong creative skills and effective decision-making skills are required.

Minimum of 5 years of web development experience with web based applications or highly interactive web sites is required.

At least 3 years of experience designing significantly complex UI designs for web applications.

In-depth knowledge of User Experience Design principles, Human Factors, Human and User-Centered Design Processes, Interaction Design guidelines, Usability Testing Methodologies, web-industry standards and trends, platform standards, software development process, and prototyping/design.

BA/BS required

• Develop conceptual models, storyboards, scenarios, flowcharts, prototypes, detailed UI design requirements and interface designs.
• Build and write design deliverables to effectively communicate functional behavior to stakeholders.
• Create, run and analyze usability tests to measure effectiveness of UI solutions; incorporate results into overall UX design through assessment and prioritization of business, technical and user constraints.
• In-depth knowledge of and ability to code clean, valid, lightweight javascript
• Experience with jQuery a big plus
• Knowledge of ARIA, usability, accessibility (508-compliance) and cross-browser compatibility
• Familiarity with best design practices and patterns for Web 2.0 workflows
• Expert-level CSS2 skills
• Establish level of effort estimates and manage priorities based on data analysis, business objectives, technology constraints and return expectations.
• Evaluate effectiveness of new and existing projects and features through performance metrics, customer feedback, competitive landscape, and industry standard best practices to evolve and continuously improve user experience.
• Perform necessary research for each project including ethnography, competitive analysis, and participatory exercises.
• Advise client/team/stakeholders on user experience and human factors best practices.
• Present prototypes to client/team/stakeholders and iterates as appropriately.
• Proficiently use design tools such as OmniGrafffle, Photoshop, Illustrator, and BBEdit.
• Proficiently code in HTML, XHTML and CSS; advocate web standards, cross-browser compatibility and semantic mark-up; hold basic understanding of Javascript/AJAX.

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