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How to Apply

Submit resume, cover letter, and a portfolio and/or several samples of your work (including a sample of code authored by you), as well as an explanation of your role and contribution to the various project(s), to the University of Michigan through the MCareers site. Within your portfolio, please highlight one project that is most relevant to this position. Portfolio items that cannot be submitted on MCareers may be submitted via email to: Kira Berman, Assistant Director for Education,

Job Summary

The University of Michigan Museum of Natural History, a unit in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, is currently closed and will re-open in 2019 in two stages with all new exhibits and programs in the new Biological Sciences Building. This is an exciting opportunity to be part of the once-in-a-century transformation of a beloved campus and community institution.

The Interactive Media Developer works collaboratively with the UMMNH’s Education team and other units and organizations to develop and evaluate interactive applications for use by museum visitors: families, college students, adults, and K-12 school groups. Evaluation will include both technological and user testing.

This is a full-time, term-limited position for 1.5 years. 

Salary range: Up to $50,000 annually, based on experience.


Investigate Lab Applications - 40%

Develop applications to run on iOS tablets in the museum’s two public Investigate Labs. The applications must provide detailed instructions for museum visitors as they explore laboratory activities, and may include slideshows, video, audio, or text. Primary work will be in developing the applications, with content expertise and design direction from museum staff. In addition to the applications themselves, the Interactive Media Developer will create templates for future work.


Mobile Applications - 25%

Develop programming and content (in collaboration with Education staff) for individual museum visitor’s use on iOS and Android mobile operating systems, both within and beyond the museum. These could include self-guided tours, mobile inquiry programs, social media, or other interactives.


Other Museum Media 25%

Projects may include programming for e-donation stations; coordinating with external technology vendors for digital donor wall; pop-up experiences outside of the building, including information about a sculpture in a gallery visible from the outside; collaboration with outside consultants on the Interactive Naturalist’s Table, Citizen Science exhibit or some website work.


Initiate Collaborations - 10%

Initiate media collaborations with other University of Michigan departments and organizations, including the U-M Library Shapiro Design Lab. The position may also supervise student employees assisting with content and application development. Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s degree in educational technology, instructional design, computer science, or a related field, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • At least 2-4 years experience designing and producing interactive applications or media for classroom or museum use.
  • Application development experience in iOS and Android.
  • Experience with Swift, XCode, Android Studio/SDK, Adobe products, or similar software for use in creating apps and websites.
  • Excellent verbal, written, and visual communication skills.
  • Able to effectively manage multiple, simultaneous tasks.
  • Outstanding and demonstrated collaborative skills.
  • Able to work independently and manage time to respond to and complete requests in a timely manner.
  • Able to effectively supervise student employees as needed and to develop relationships across campus and with outside vendors.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Experience with usability testing and/or a background in user interaction and/or user experience.
  • Experience or educational background in informal learning, natural history content, and/or citizen science.

Additional Information

The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitments to serve the diverse people of Michigan, fulfill the College’s Guiding Principles, and sustain the excellence of LSA.  

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Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.  The University of Michigan is committed to foster learning, creativity and productivity, and to support the vigorous exchange of ideas and information, not only in the classroom but in the workplace by: 

  • Creating a work environment in which people treat each other with respect and dignity, regardless of roles, responsibilities or differences. 
  • Providing support, direction and resources enabling us to accomplish the responsibilities of our jobs and to reach the goals that are set for professional and personal growth.

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.