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Design Intern

Design Intern

At Sage Bionetworks, we believe that we can learn more by learning from each other. By improving the way scientists collaborate, we help to make science more effective. We partner with researchers, patients, and healthcare innovators to drive collaborative data-driven science to improve health. Making science more open, collaborative, and inclusive ultimately advances biomedicine.

Designers at Sage help design and build applications and platforms for scientists working on  neurodegenerative diseases and oncology research. Our team is responsible for all aspects of product design, including research, large systems thinking, development of interaction models, and interface design.

We are looking for Design Interns with skill sets in one or more of the following:

  • Product Design
  • UX Research
  • Visual Design

This is a unique opportunity to gain hands on product design experience while working on projects that have the potential to make significant advances in the area of human health.

What you’ll be doing:

  • Working with our designers and research scientists on solving systems design problems, and learning to design platforms and applications that last.
  • Defining and conducting user research activities for existing projects, and foundational research for new ones.
  • Creating feature-level interaction and interface designs for web and mobile applications.
  • Participate in all design team activities, such as product design reviews and ideation sessions.
  • Working with the developers and product managers to integrate your research findings and UX designs into existing products.

We’d love to hear from you if you have:

  • Enrollment in an accredited degree program working towards a degree  in interaction design, graphic design, HCI, or a related field.
  • Experience with mainstream quantitative and qualitative user research methodologies.
  • Portfolio demonstrating work in one or more of the following areas of Design:
    • Feature level product design.
    • User research study design and execution.
    • Visual design for user interfaces.
  • Ability to design for different form-factors and application types, including web and mobile applications.
  • Ability to work in a fully remote environment, due to Covid-19 restrictions.
  • A self-starter attitude with the ability to multitask and drive projects to completion.
  • A curious, open mind with passion for learning.
  • Available for a minimum of 3 months.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Candidates working towards an MS degree.
  • Prior domain knowledge or experience in life sciences.
  • Experience  with complex systems or platforms.
  • Knowledge of agile development practices, and experience working with product teams.
  • Demonstrated proficiency with design tools (ex. Figma, our design tool of choice).

We are currently accepting applications for the Fall 2020 / Winter 2021 internship program. 

In light of recent concerns of Covid-19, all interviews will be conducted remotely, and most positions will be remote through at least June 30, 2021. The option to work on-site at our Seattle office prior to June 30, will be considered upon request.

About Sage Bionetworks

Sage Bionetworks is a nonprofit biomedical research and technology development organization that was founded in Seattle in 2009. Our focus is to develop and apply open practices to data-intensive research for the advancement of human health. Data-driven research has become an important component of biomedicine, but it’s not always easy to understand how to apply computational approaches appropriately or how to interpret their results. Sage believes open practices can help. Our interdisciplinary team of scientists and engineers work together to provide researchers access to technology tools and scientific approaches to share data, benchmark methods, and explore collective insights, all backed by Sage’s gold-standard governance protocols and commitment to user-centered design. Sage is supported through a portfolio of competitive research grants, commercial partnerships, and philanthropic contributions.

Sage embraces diversity, equity and inclusion. We are committed to pay parity and making our salary ranges available to all employees. We invite you to apply and we welcome a conversation. We are based in Seattle, WA, and collaborate broadly throughout the world.

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