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Interaction Designer, Computer Science, Faculty of Science

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Job ID: 15258

Updated: April 23, 2018

Location: Main Campus

Position Overview

The Department of Computer Science in the Faculty of Science invites applications for an Interaction Designer . This Full-time Fixed Term position is for approximately 6 months (based on length of grant funding), with the possibility of extension.

This interaction design position will have a major focus on data visualization. This person will work closely with an innovative design team creating visualizations for open data that will impact and empower the public. Their work will include interviewing stakeholders, attending workshops, concepting, creating, and fine-tuning designs. Opportunity to provide design leadership for a group of undergraduate students and/or research assistants for various phases of the project.

They will report to the principal investigators, Dr. Sheelagh Carpendale and Dr. Wesley Willett. As such, they will work as part of a team in both the Innovations in Visualization (InnoVis) research group, and the Data Experience research group in the Interactions Lab (iLab) at the University of Calgary. This is a full time (35h/week) fixed-term position with a reasonably flexible schedule.

Position Description

Summary of Key Responsibilities (job functions include but are not limited to):


  • Gain understanding of data through collaboration and workshops with the NEB data specialists.
  • Work together with the research team to build data visualization concepts
  • Create innovative designs that will map data to meaningful visual representations for the individual phases of the project
  • Make detailed design decisions such as choice of icons, colors, layout, and general visual and spatial impact, for the style guide
  • Be able to present design ideas and rationalize design choices
  • Recommend and design solutions that incorporate quality interaction attributes to offer smooth flowing, predictable, and comprehensible interaction designs to meet social and technological requirements.
  • Demonstrate deep passion for understanding and fulfilling people's needs and achieving high level of satisfaction
  • Collaborate with stakeholders and developers


  • Provide leadership for the design team of undergraduate students and/or research assistants for one or more phases of the project that together make up an end-to-end solution
  • Be able to provide day-to-day supervision of and delegate work to undergraduate summer research assistants
  • Provide accurate time and resourcing needs and take responsibility for progress
  • Ensure team meets or exceeds established quality goals and deadlines
  • Assist with refining requirements and be part of making design decisions for choosing the appropriate methods, procedures and practices
  • Assist with publications, and prepare and give presentations

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree in either Design, Fine Arts, Computer Science (with a focus on Interaction Design) or equivalent is required; Master's degree is preferred, a related PhD degree would be considered a great asset
  • Minimum of 2-3 years of experience in professional design, a design focused research lab or design in industry is preferred; however a combination of education and experience will be considered
  • Excellent team work skills, particularly in design, visualization and interaction design
  • Strong ability to work independently with minimal or no direction
  • Excellent verbal, written and visual communication skills
  • A proven track record of successful results-oriented project delivery
  • Resourceful, innovative and creative problem solving

Application Deadline: April 16, 2018

We would like to thank all applicants in advance for submitting their resumes. Please note, only those candidates chosen to continue on through the selection process will be contacted.


Additional Information

This position is part of the AUPE bargaining unit, and falls under the Specialist Advisor Job Family, Phase II.

To find out more about management and staff opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Management and Staff Careers website. For more information about the Faculty of Science visit Careers in the Faculty of Science


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