Visual Designer
Virginia Tech - United States

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The Virginia Bioinformatics Institute ( VBI ) at Virginia Tech is currently seeking a Visual Designer to join its CyberInfrastructure Division ( CID ) to be responsible for designing cutting edge user experiences for the division as well as for institutional development projects. The Visual Designer will work as part of a team of scientists, researchers, and software engineers to design, develop, and support bioinformatics analysis and visualization software tools and web applications. The Visual Designer will be expected to participate in developing websites that promote advanced scientific research through innovative data handling, analysis and visualization methods, as well as institute-wide applications promoting communication and collaboration, both employing intuitive easy to use interfaces (,,

In accordance with the university hiring practices for non-student positions, this position will require a conviction check prior to beginning an employment engagement.

Required Qualifications:
- MFA or MS in Graphic/Web Design, Human-Computer Interaction, User Experience (UX) Design, Usability, Industrial Design, Visual Communications, Computer Science or related field. A lesser degree such as BFA or BS with equivalent education, experience and training may be considered in lieu of an advanced degree.
-Demonstrated strong foundational knowledge of layout, color, grids, icons, typography, proportion, photography, motion/rich media and brand to create elegant, smart solutions and high-quality deliverables.
-Advanced knowledge of visual design principles and how they apply to the web.
-Advanced knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite.
-Understanding of the capabilities and limitations of languages such as CSS3, HTML5, and JavaScript.
-Must be a creative and collaborative team player with the ability to interact with a diverse team and a proven history of accepting and giving constructive feedback.

Preferred Qualifications:
-Front-end development skills (HTML5, CSS3).
-Experience deploying and supporting websites with established user bases.
-Expertise in User Experience (UX) Design.
-Experience developing scientific illustrations, designs, and graphics for a research or scientifically-based environment.
-Expertise in information visualization.
-Background in biology.

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Must have a criminal background check

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Employment Comments:
As part of on-going efforts to enhance safety and security at Virginia Tech university policy will require anyone hired into a non-student position on, or after, July 1, 2012 to complete a criminal conviction check before starting employment.

This position will hold the special research faculty rank of Project Associate. For more information on the university’s faculty ranks, please review the Faculty Handbook located at

How to Apply for this Job:
Upon applying, interested applicants should provide a current resume/CV, cover letter, list of professional references, and at least five examples of graphic and web-based design projects from their portfolio in addition to submitting their faculty application.

Applications for this announcement may be received through the university’s employment website at posting number 0121908.

To be considered, applications must be received through the website and not through alternative channels. Candidates that best meet a combination of required qualifications and preferences will be invited to interview on-site.

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Special Research Faculty

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Exempt: Not eligible for overtime

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Project Associate

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Non-Tenure Track

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