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Job Summary

Help the University of Michigan reimagine the potential and impact of educational technology and online learning experiences. Join our team and become a driver of innovation at the world’s great public research university! The Office of Academic Innovation is seeking a talented User Experience Designer to play an active role in the software development team in the Office of Academic Innovation (AI).


Academic Innovation applies design and development expertise in the creation and iteration of cutting edge digital education tools and technologies to enable innovative learning practices and personalization at scale across the U-M community and beyond.


This new position, focused on graphic design, user experience design, and user interface development will operate within the dynamic team environment of Academic Innovation. Its focus will be designing and implementing the visuals, interactions and experience for promising software applications and prototypes across a range of exciting new projects and technologies.

The designer selected for this position will collaborate closely with other members of the Academic Innovation Team including software developers, behavioral scientists, researchers, user community mobilizers, faculty and student innovators. It will include oversight of graphic design and user experience interns and close collaboration with faculty innovators.

Some things about you:

You are an intellectually curious, creative problem solver. You lead by listening, by collaborating, and by encouraging. You think impractically before layering in constraints. You challenge yourselves and your collaborators to think about impact and design solutions to identifiable challenges. You care about the usability, functionality and presentation of the applications you design. You have experience creating something new and helping an organization and community to realize its potential.

A little bit about us:

The Office of Academic Innovation is a strategic priority for the University of Michigan. Through curricular innovation, leadership in learning analytics and personalization at scale, AI aims to shape the future of learning and redefine public residential education at a 21st century research university by unlocking new opportunities for the U-M community and learners around the world.

Our preferred future includes:

  • An open model for pre-college learning and preparation that broadens access and enhances participation
  • A personalized, rigorous, and inclusive model for residential education grounded in learning analytics and experimentation
  • A flexible and networked model for global and lifelong learning that embraces the evolution of a more permeable university
  • A participatory and inclusive model for public engagement that accelerates bilateral knowledge construction and sharing

As we reimagine the global public research university and create a culture of innovation in learning, we value:

  • boldness and humility
  • creativity and process
  • risk taking and tradition
  • personalization and scale
  • openness

For more information, please visit our website: Academic Innovation.

Note: This is a three year, term-limited appointment with the possibility of renewal.


  • Produce designs, prototypes and graphics for web and application products
  • Implement application designs using HTML/CSS/JS
  • Collaborate with other designers and developers to conceptualize and iterate on application interfaces
  • Interact with various stakeholders as needed, including analytics and research teams, end users, and technology partners
  • Collaborate closely with Academic Innovation software developers, instructional designers, faculty, and students
  • Analyze software design choices faced by AI project teams and make recommendations, based on in-depth reviews and analysis of available options
  • Employ a pragmatic approach which appreciates the trade-off between a perfect solution and a working solution
  • Work closely with the team to solve problems, transfer knowledge, and develop overall product design, where required

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design, Interaction Design, User Experience Design or related field, or an equivalent combination of education and relevant experience
  • Experience with brand development and design, (typography, color palette, logo design)
  • Experience with Illustrator, Photoshop, Sketch, and similar design tools
  • Experience implementing all stages of software design (User Flow Diagrams, Wireframes, Mockups, CSS/HTML)
  • Experience applying methodologies of user experience design and research to website, mobile, and product development
  • Strong verbal and visual communication skills
  • Ability to work well in a multicultural and collaborative environment
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a multidisciplinary team

Desired Qualifications*

  • Experience working with and designing for dynamic content
  • Experience with CSS Preprocessors (LESS, Sass, SCSS, etc.)
  • Experience with JavaScript and JavaScript libraries such as jQuery
  • Experience with JavaScript frameworks (Vue, React, Angular, etc.)
  • Experience with responsive web design and device-agnostic design principles and practices
  • Familiarity with templating languages or frameworks such as Haml, Jinja, Django, etc.
  • Have participated in the successful development of early stage software projects from the idea phase, through scaling up for eventual launch, and into sustained support

Underfill Statement

This position may be underfilled at a lower classification depending on the qualifications of the selected candidate.

Additional Information

Excellent benefits are available, for details, see


Position receives 24 days of vacation a year, and 15 days of sick leave a year with provisions for extended benefits, as well as opportunities for professional development and travel. TIAA-CREF and Fidelity Investments retirement options available.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.