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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline your skills and related experience.

Job Summary

The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR, is part of the Institute for Social Research (ISR) at the University of Michigan. The consortium maintains the world’s largest archive of social science data with 10,000+ studies relating to education, aging, criminal justice, substance abuse, terrorism, and more. A global leader in data science, ICPSR also supports continuing education in research design, statistics, and data analysis. 

The team at ICPSR is creating meaningful impact by enabling researchers across domains to make new discoveries. Our project work and design systems span mobile and web interfaces. We also have a lot of fun doing it. We are at an exciting moment in our growth. We are looking to establish a product design practice that is user-centered, collaborative and delivery-driven. As a product designer, you will report to the Computing & Network Services user experience team lead. Working with your fellow designers, engineers and product owners, you will form the foundations of a design practice that brings users, technology and business together in very meaningful ways. You will help transform ICPSR from being design-aware to being design-driven.



You Will:

  • Be involved in all parts of the design process: concept development, creative visualization, user research and testing, User Experience (UX) writing, system design, prototyping, and delivery. 

  • Work as part of an Agile software development team, with two week design sprints being completed prior to the two week development sprint

  • Help create web front-ends with a modern technology stack. 

  • Create user flows, wireframes, mockups and prototypes that lead to intuitive user experiences.

  • Take a user-centered design approach and test and iterate your designs.

  • Identify design problems and design elegant solutions.

  • Ask smart questions, take risks and champion new ideas.

  • Accomplish other tasks as assigned.

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s degree in UX, a similar field, or equivalent experience

  • 2 or more years of experience with Lean User Experience (UX), including user-centered design, conducting user research, personas, journey maps, user testing, A/B testing, rapid prototyping, heuristic analysis, usability and accessibility concerns. Portfolio should include items from two week (or shorter) design sprints.

  • Experience co-creating a product with a cross functional team. Collaborative design is your way of life, no islands here.

  • Knowledge of Atomic Design principles and experience adhering to a design system

  • Experience with rapid prototyping at a range of different fidelities and using a range of tools (Paper, Digital, Web-based, Mobile-based, Experiential etc)

  • Familiarity with Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG).

  • Experience with moderated and unmoderated usability testing

  • 3 or more years of experience with web and mobile, and responsive User Interface (UI) design 

Desired Qualifications*

  • Experience in Continuous Customer Discovery with examples of checking in with customers every 2-3 weeks. Examples of early customer validation prior to MVP releases.

  • Experience with design tools such as Adobe suite (CS, XD), Sketch, Axure, Figma, Omnigraffle, or Balsamiq.  

  • 2 or more years of experience working with an Agile software development team.

  • Experience designing and facilitating co-creation sessions such as Google Ventures Design Sprints and Gamestorming techniques. 

  • Experience with social science or academic research fields.

  • Experience with full stack software engineering, UI component design, and frameworks, technologies, and techniques such as NodeJS, React, NextJS, Jamstack, single page web apps, search-engine optimization, REST & GraphQL API.

You will be asked to share a portfolio or show other work samples.


Underfill Statement

This position may be filled at the intermediate level with a salary range of $65,000-75,000.  Lesser-experienced candidates will be reviewed at the associate level with a salary range of $45,000-60,000.

Additional Information

Institute for Social Research job openings are posted for a minimum of fourteen (14) calendar days. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled any time after the minimum posting period has ended.

We are currently working remotely due to the ongoing pandemic. This is expected to continue until Fall 2021. When face-to-face work resumes, this position will require on-site work at our offices in Ann Arbor, although ICPSR is committed to family-friendly, flexible work-from-home policies. If relocation is required, we will allow for reasonable time and flexibility to make necessary arrangements.

The Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan wants to employ a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the diverse people of Michigan, to maintain the excellence of the university, and to ground our research in varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning.

Benefits at the University of Michigan

In addition to a career filled with purpose and opportunity, The University of Michigan offers a comprehensive benefits package to help you stay well, protect yourself and any eligible family members and plan for a secure future. Benefits include:

  • Generous time off

  • A retirement plan that provides two-for-one matching contributions with immediate vesting upon meeting eligibility requirements

  • Many choices for comprehensive health insurance

  • Life, dental, and vision insurance

  • Long-term disability coverage

  • Flexible spending accounts for healthcare and dependent care expenses

  • Access to multiple learning resources


U-M EEO/AA Statement

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