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Senior Interaction Designer at IBM Research

Science and Research

Biological Research


Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

Thomas J. Watson said it best: “Good design is good business.” Visualization is critical to discovering data-driven insights and effectively communicating that knowledge to others. Designers at IBM work to create experiences that work together, work the same, and work for our clients. Does the thought of creating the platform at the heart of solutions like Watson, Blockchain, IoT, and Security excite you? If so, read on!

Your Role and Responsibilities

As a Senior Interaction Designer at IBM Research on the Product Incubation team, you'll be contributing to converting early-stage technologies into real-world impact through a user-centered approach. You will design experiences that translate complex AI technologies into delightful, intuitive, and compelling prototypes to accelerate the lab-to-market pipeline.

Your role and responsibilities:

  • Design the user experience of digital tools to explore potential applications of IBM Research AI technologies.

  • Translate the complexity of early-stage technologies into intuitive and compelling solutions.

  • Design and demonstrate detailed interaction design through storyboards, mock-ups, and clickable prototypes in Figma.

  • Create prototypes applying the IBM Design language, through applying and extending the IBM Carbon Design System.

  • Collaborate with other UI/UX designers to define end-to-end detailed interfaces and interactions.

  • Collaborate with design researchers to understand user needs and iterate on user experiences based on user feedback collected.

  • Collaborate with product managers, engineers, and stakeholders to understand constraints and requirements and provide creative solutions.

Required Technical and Professional Expertise
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent practical experience in Design or a related field.

  • At least 8 years of experience designing interactive digital experiences.

  • Experience working in multidisciplinary teams, including engineers, product managers, and design researchers.

  • Proficiency working with Figma.

  • Ability to communicate UX concepts to different audiences to advocate for user-centered solutions.

  • Expertise designing AI applications or other highly technical experiences.

  • Portfolio showcasing projects with complex and technical requirements (as in software design).

Preferred Technical and Professional Expertise
  • Experience applying and extending design systems.

  • Knowledge of Carbon Design System.

  • Interest in Generative AI technologies.

  • Experience analyzing usability tests.

  • Experience working with AirTable.

  • Experience working with Github and ZenHub, in collaboration with developers.

  • Experience with data visualization.

  • Experience designing for developers.

About Business Unit
IBM Research is the organic growth engine of IBM and an innovation engine for our customers and partners. As part of this mission, IBM Research anticipates and examines 'What's Next in Computing' to ultimately create and integrate the technologies the world relies upon to solve big challenges and unlock new opportunities. We create and pioneer new markets for IBM, our partners and customers as exemplified in our ongoing quest to reach practical and large-scale quantum computing. Across IBM Research, we realize the power and potential to accelerate discovery with our partners and clients by combining the power of high performance computing, AI, and Quantum, all integrated through the hybrid cloud.

Your Life @ IBM
In a world where technology never stands still, we understand that, dedication to our clients success, innovation that matters, and trust and personal responsibility in all our relationships, lives in what we do as IBMers as we strive to be the catalyst that makes the world work better.

Being an IBMer means you’ll be able to learn and develop yourself and your career, you’ll be encouraged to be courageous and experiment everyday, all whilst having continuous trust and support in an environment where everyone can thrive whatever their personal or professional background.

Our IBMers are growth minded, always staying curious, open to feedback and learning new information and skills to constantly transform themselves and our company. They are trusted to provide on-going feedback to help other IBMers grow, as well as collaborate with colleagues keeping in mind a team focused approach to include different perspectives to drive exceptional outcomes for our customers. The courage our IBMers have to make critical decisions everyday is essential to IBM becoming the catalyst for progress, always embracing challenges with resources they have to hand, a can-do attitude and always striving for an outcome focused approach within everything that they do.

Are you ready to be an IBMer?

About IBM
IBM’s greatest invention is the IBMer. We believe that through the application of intelligence, reason and science, we can improve business, society and the human condition, bringing the power of an open hybrid cloud and AI strategy to life for our clients and partners around the world.Restlessly reinventing since 1911, we are not only one of the largest corporate organizations in the world, we’re also one of the biggest technology and consulting employers, with many of the Fortune 50 companies relying on the IBM Cloud to run their business. At IBM, we pride ourselves on being an early adopter of artificial intelligence, quantum computing and blockchain. Now it’s time for you to join us on our journey to being a responsible technology innovator and a force for good in the world.

Location Statement
IBM offers a competitive and comprehensive benefits program. Eligible employees may have access to: - Healthcare benefits including medical & prescription drug coverage, dental, vision, and mental health & well being - Financial programs such as 401(k), the IBM Employee Stock Purchase Plan, financial counseling, life insurance, short & long- term disability coverage, and opportunities for performance based salary incentive programs - Generous paid time off including 12 holidays, minimum 56 hours sick time, 120 hours vacation, 12 weeks parental bonding leave in accordance with IBM Policy, and other Paid Care Leave programs. IBM also offers paid family leave benefits to eligible employees where required by applicable law - Training and educational resources on our personalized, AI-driven learning platform where IBMers can grow skills and obtain industry-recognized certifications to achieve their career goals - Diverse and inclusive employee resource groups, giving & volunteer opportunities, and discounts on retail products, services & experiences The compensation range and benefits for this position are based on a full-time schedule for a full calendar year. The salary will vary depending on your job-related skills, experience and location. Pay increment and frequency of pay will be in accordance with employment classification and applicable laws. For part time roles, your compensation and benefits will be adjusted to reflect your hours. Benefits may be pro-rated for those who start working during the calendar year. This position was posted on the date cited in the key job details section and is anticipated to remain posted for 21 days from this date or less if not needed to fill the role. We consider qualified applicants with criminal histories, consistent with applicable law.

Being You @ IBM
IBM is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal-opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, caste, genetics, pregnancy, disability, neurodivergence, age, veteran status, or other characteristics. IBM is also committed to compliance with all fair employment practices regarding citizenship and immigration status.