Founded by Dr. Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg in 2015, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) is a new kind of philanthropy that’s leveraging technology to help solve some of the world’s toughest challenges – from eradicating disease, to improving education, to reforming the criminal justice system. Across three core Initiative focus areas of Science, Education and Justice and Opportunity,  we’re pairing engineering with grantmaking, impact investing, policy work, and movement building, to help build an inclusive, just and healthy future for everyone.

Our Values

We believe we can help build a future for everyone.

  • We aim to be daring, but humble:  We look for bold ideas — regardless of structure and stage — and help them scale by pairing engineers with subject matter experts to build tools that accelerate the pace of social progress.
  • We want to learn fast, but build for the long-term: We want to iterate fast and help bring new solutions to the table, but we also realize that important breakthroughs often take decades, or even centuries.
  • Stay close to the real problems: We engage directly in the communities we serve because no one understands our society’s challenges like those who live them every day.  

Our success is dependent on building teams that include people from different backgrounds and experiences who can challenge each other's assumptions with fresh perspectives. To that end, we look for a diverse pool of applicants including those from historically marginalized groups — women, people with disabilities, people of color, formerly incarcerated people, people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or gender nonconforming, first and second generation immigrants, veterans, and people from different socioeconomic backgrounds.

The Opportunity

Designers at CZI Science are building tools that support the science and technology that will make it possible to cure, prevent, or manage all diseases by the end of this century. You will work in a cross-functional team with product managers, engineers, and scientists to design and build impactful experiences. As a product designer, you'll be responsible for what you design from start to finish: brainstorming solutions, iterating on interactions, creating visual polish, and giving design guidance to engineers as they implement.

We are seeking an experienced product designer to join our Single Cell Biology team within the Science Initiative, as a critical partner to shape product features and provide valuable input during the development process. This role will conduct design tools and services to foster faster-paced and more open, collaborative scientific discovery.

You will

  • Be responsible for end-to-end product design, including ideation, interaction design, visual design and collaboration through to implementation
  • Work closely with scientists and researchers in biomedical and/or life sciences to better understand the needs of scientific users, and to design solutions that meet those needs
  • Partner closely with a cross-functional team to scope projects, understand and prioritize user needs, and then translate those needs into meaningful product ideas that we can test and evaluate
  • Produce user flows and prototypes that will solve scientists’ problems and drive the vision of the product
  • Introduce new design patterns or standards that will become adopted by others 
  • Be an advocate for product quality 
  • Play a key role in growing our design team through craft leadership and by participating in critiques

You have

  • 5+ years designing and shipping products that demonstrate a high level of empathy for the end-user
  • A portfolio demonstrating product design, interaction design and visual design experience
  • Ability to take the lead through a product design process from concept to implementation 
  • Clear communication and facilitation skills that drive effective decision making on a cross functional team
  • A fearlessness for diving into complex design problems
  • Passion for designing responsibly and ethically
  • An understanding of best practices for delivering software, and the ability to identify and leverage domain-specific design patterns. Fluency in designing for responsive web and mobile is a plus
  • Passion for impacting the future of science. Prior experience working in a biomedical or life sciences field, or working closely with scientists and researchers, is a plus but not required
  • A curious streak, and interest in learning about new topics and domains, with proven experience designing for specialist or expert users who may have their own vernacular or ways-of-working
  • A commitment to actively seeking feedback and improving from it   
  • Ability to thrive in fast-paced, growing organizations
  • Curious, collaborative and inclusive spirit

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