Ensembl User Experience Analyst

Key information

  • Location: EMBL-EBI Hinxton
  • Staff category: Staff Member - Administrative and support
  • Contract duration: 3 Years
  • Grading: Grade 5 or 6 (starting at £2,738 - £3,063 after tax per month)
  • Closing date: 1 October 2020
  • Reference number: EBI01696

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About this position

Ensembl is looking for a talented UX and usability specialist with a particular interest in user research, user testing and solutions design.

Genomics is one of the fastest growing areas of science and a field with huge contributions to make towards human health, food security and climate change. Based at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory's European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) located on the Wellcome Genome Campus near Cambridge in the UK, Ensembl is one of the world's leading resources for genomic research and is accessed by thousands of researchers from around the globe every day. You will have a unique opportunity to change the way users can view and use this genomic data.

You will work with our Senior UX Designer, Outreach and a team of highly skilled developers to help advance and refine how we conceptualise, communicate and present data to maximise benefit to our users - scientific, medical and agricultural researchers - as they navigate and explore big genomic data. We encourage you to be creative, finding solutions that are both functional and elegant as they meet our users needs. Please note, this is not a mobile first project.

Your role

As a member of the Genomics Technology Infrastructure team you will play a key role in the redevelopment of the Ensembl website (http://2020.ensembl.org). You will help identify user needs, adding value by turning their requirements into outstanding experiences through planning, conducting and analysing research activities including:

  • Organise and conduct remote user interviews & surveys (supported by our Outreach team)
  • establish and refine usability through concept or prototype testing
  • gather analytics and other usage data from multiple sources
  • organise, facilitate and analyse findings from (occasional) collaborative UX workshops
  • create solutions that will ensure our web interfaces deliver an effective and consistent user experience
  • present evidence-based solutions in appropriate prototype and/or specification formats
  • work closely with the team to ensure proposed solutions are fit for development before going into production
  • continue engaging with internal and external users during design and implementation phases

You have

You will bring significant experience working in a user research centric role, with a demonstrable ability to create and take solutions through to implementation. Appropriate experience may have been in any combination of commercial, production or academic research settings.

As an excellent communicator, you will have a talent for working with a diverse audience and the teamwork skills to work closely with others to shape and implement your ideas. You should also understand the principles of interaction design and how they apply to web interfaces.  Accuracy and attention to detail are essential.

Our web development team uses industry-standard approaches and technologies in our projects including HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, responsive design and modern web frameworks. Candidates should possess a good understanding of how and when these tools are used, so that they can effectively collaborate with the wider team. Candidates should also be aware of additional libraries that may be used to visualise data such as d3.js and Prototype.

We take an agile approach to our work in response to user and scientific input, so you will need to quickly adapt and change solutions as required.

You might also have

Experience in using Google Analytics, Adobe XD and Omnigraffle would be an advantage. Previous experience of working with biological data would be advantageous.

Why join us

At EMBL-EBI, we help scientists realise the potential of ‘big data’ in biology by enabling them to exploit complex information to make discoveries that benefit mankind.

Working for EMBL-EBI gives you an opportunity to apply your skills and energy for the greater good.

As part of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), we are a non-profit, intergovernmental organisation funded by 27 member states and two associate member states.

We are located on the Wellcome Genome Campus near Cambridge in the UK, and our 850 staff are engineers, technicians, scientists and other professionals from all over the world.

EMBL is an inclusive, equal opportunity employer offering attractive conditions and benefits appropriate to an international research organisation. The remuneration package comprises a competitive salary, a comprehensive pension scheme and health insurance, educational and other family related benefits where applicable, as well as financial support for relocation and installation. For more information about pay and benefits click here

We have an informal culture, international working environment and excellent professional development opportunities but one of the really amazing things about us is the concentration of technical and scientific expertise – something you probably won’t find anywhere else.

If you’ve ever visited the campus you’ll have experienced first-hand our friendly, collegial and supportive atmosphere, set in the beautiful Cambridgeshire countryside. Our staff also enjoy excellent sports facilities including a gym, a free shuttle bus, an on-site nursery, cafés and restaurant and a library.

What else you need to know

To view a copy of the full job description please click here

To apply please submit a covering letter and CV through our online system. Applications are welcome from all nationalities and this will continue after Brexit. For more information please see our website. Visa information will be discussed in more depth with applicants selected for interview.

This position is limited to the project duration specified.

EMBL-EBI is committed to achieving gender balance and strongly encourages applications from women, who are currently under-represented at all levels.

Appointment will be based on merit alone.

Applications will close at 23:00 GMT on the date listed above.