Visual Product Designer - CIPHER

Atlanta, GA
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Visual Product Designer - CIPHER

ID: 494531
Type: Researchers
Location: Atlanta, GA
Categories: Software Development/Design, Cybersecurity, Human Factors, Information Technology

Job Description

Do you get excited about solving customer needs? Do you have an eye for visual consistency? Do you have a passion for usability and a knack for reducing complexities to bare essentials? Fantastic! Come work with us at CIPHER!

The Cybersecurity, Information Protection, and Hardware Evaluation Research Lab (CIPHER) of the Georgia Tech Research Institute is seeking a talented Product Designer with 3 - 7 years of experience that will design product initiatives while advocating for the end-user in all things related to our platform. Great design and sophisticated simplicity is vital to engaging users and driving adoption. We are looking for a designer who wants to learn more, do more, and be more; as they create elegant customer experiences. 

Job Responsibilities

  • Design beautiful and easy to use interfaces. Direct the visual appearance of new features and enhancements on our software application
  • Design elegant solutions to complex workflows. Design things that people will talk about (in a good way!)
  • Act as the user advocate during the development process, subjecting early-stage designs to usability testing or expert reviews, and offering implementation suggestions from a user-centric perspective
  • Act as resident expert with in-depth knowledge of user interface or information architecture best practices and standards
  • Use user insight, analytics, best practices, market analysis, design theory, and research services to support your recommendations and design decisions
  • Effectively negotiate trade-offs with product management and engineering.
  • Continuously review user interfaces, experiences, product designs, and usability; providing quality assurance to ensure consistent and quality products
  • Ensure consistent design decisions are made across applications and modules
  • Document design standards and decisions
  • Create developer guides and resources

By 30 Days In

  • Become the expert on the market and its problems by interviewing and observing users by utilizing a proxy
  • Identify quick win improvements in the current user experience that improve the day-to-day lives of users
  • Support the product development team on achievement of goals, working closely with Product Owners and Scrum Masters to prepare designs for development that align with product vision
  • Learn and understand our development process for feature releases, team communication, and processes. Offer solutions for how to inject design into the development process

By 60 Days In

  • Have credible conversations with engineers about technical design tradeoffs including development frameworks, scalability, and performance
  • Collaborate with engineering on product development during the discovery phase to assess value, usability, and design of product features
  • Active involvement in strategic (the “why”), not just tactical (the “how”) realities of the design decisions you make

By 90 Days In

  • Help with larger design initiatives, the overall visual consistency of the platform, and contribute to ongoing design process improvements that help the organization build beautiful experiences at a fast pace
  • Champion user feedback and translate into major themes that reflect our stakeholders' perception of our products
  • Offer suggestions on continuous improvements that win our stakeholders' and users' hearts
  • Initiate, suggest, and spearhead UI refactorings for a more intuitive user-experience

Travel Requirements

10% - 25% travel

Education & Length of Experience

Research Engineer/Scientist/Technologist/Associate I

  • A Bachelor's degree in Human Computer Interaction, Product Design, Graphic Design, Web Design, Computational Media, or other design related fields of study.

Research Engineer/Scientist/Technologist/Associate II

  • A Master’s degree in Human Computer Interaction, Product Design, Graphic Design, Web Design, Computational Media, or other design related fields of study and three (3) years of relevant full-time experience after completion of that degree,
  • A Master’s degree in Human Computer Interaction, Product Design, Graphic Design, Web Design, Computational Media, or other design related fields of study and five (5) years of relevant full-time experience after completion of a Bachelor’s degree, or
  • A Doctoral degree in Human Computer Interaction, Product Design, Graphic Design, Web Design, Computational Media, or other design related fields of study.

Required Minimum Qualifications

  • A strong foundation in user-centric design methods and the ability to communicate design decisions effectively to senior stakeholders and team members
  • Ability to plan your work and execute against deadlines. Find ways to maximize your efficiency within your team's development methodology
  • A grasp of popular, lightweight user research practices
  • Existing portfolio demonstrating samples

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ability to see all tasks through to completion, consistently, with a high attention to detail
  • Strong collaboration skills
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent presentation abilities
  • Decisive decision maker
  • A continual learner that stays up-to-date on the latest technologies and design trends
  • Entrepreneurial, with a proven ability to take ownership and responsibility of tasks
  • Able to create wireframes, prototypes, journey maps and other design materials for presenting to stakeholders, users, engineers, and/or key influencers

U.S. Citizenship Requirements

Due to our research contracts with the US federal government, candidates for this position are required to be US Citizens.

Clearance Type Required

Ability to obtain Secret Clearance upon hire

Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) at Georgia Tech Research Institute aims to enhance the Institute’s mission of solving the world’s most complex technical problems by creating a workforce with a shared appreciation for diversity, raising awareness around inclusiveness, and fostering a sense of belonging and appreciation for all members of our community.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Georgia Tech Research Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity among its employees. .



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