User Experience Designer (6-month Contract)

Design · Toronto, Ontario
Department Design
Employment Type Contract
Minimum Experience Experienced

BlueDot is growing and as a result we are looking for a User Experience Designer to join our team of BlueDotters! 


We are seeking a creative, analytical User Experience Designer to design infectious disease risk intelligence products and their supporting tools. This role is a rare opportunity to apply your design craft and thinking to the development of socially meaningful, innovative technologies in global health.

This role is a 6-month contract position with a possible extension/full-time role.

Remote role: anywhere in Canada.


Who we are:  


BlueDot protects people around the world from infectious diseases using human and artificial intelligence. Our software-as-a-service solution combines medical and public health expertise with advanced data analytics to track, contextualize, and mitigate infectious disease risks. Our global early warning system combines more than 100 datasets with proprietary algorithms to deliver critical insights on the spread of infectious diseases. In December 2019, we flagged an undiagnosed respiratory syndrome in Wuhan, China. In January 2020, we published the world's first scientific paper on COVID-19, accurately predicting its global spread. Our team understands the complexity of the challenge in front of us – and that the urgency to solve the problem has never been greater.   


Our culture:  


We are a Certified B Corp, have a Glassdoor rating of 4.7, are Diversio certified, a 2020 LinkedIn Top Start-Up and have been recognized as a Top 50 Best Place to Work in Canada, Best Place to Work for Women, Best in Technology, Best for Youth, and Best Start-Up!  


Driven by a Purpose Bigger than Ourselves 

United by a common purpose to create a healthier, safer, and more secure world, free from the impacts of dangerous infectious diseases, we understand the complexity of the challenge in front of us, and that it is so much bigger than any one of us. Together, we are motivated to positively impact lives around the world, to do no harm, and to elevate each other through respect and encouragement. Building careers through collaborative discovery and learning, our people tackle complex challenges with diverse expertise not assembled elsewhere.  We promote personal fulfillment in the workplace by removing barriers, politics and exclusion, believing in the philosophy that by creating a positive environment we all have the opportunity do the most meaningful work of our lives. 

Our values:  


Our values are not just words on a wall. They are our compass and they guide us in our work, in the decisions we make and in how we treat each other:  


  • Be the Change  
  • Think Without Borders  
  • Lift Others Up  

What you’ll be doing:

  • Own user experience design projects for web-based products that generate and distribute critical analytical insights on the global spread of infectious disease
  • Participate in the full spectrum of user-centred design activities, including: exploratory research and framing, interaction and user interface design (wireframes, mockups, prototypes), evaluation (user testing, heuristic evaluations), and final production (design specifications and requirements, asset creation)
  • Design and produce scientific data visualizations that reveal patterns or communicate analyses
  • Work closely with the technology team (software developers, data engineers) and our subject matter experts (mathematical modellers, epidemiologists, clinicians, ecologists) to co-create within constraints and see designs through to implementation
  • Collaborate with cross-functional stakeholders to identify and communicate design priorities, champion the user, and promote high design standards
  • Be a key player in a closely-knit and dedicated design team

We’re looking for someone who has:

  • A passion for applying their design talents to creating solutions for important social problems
  • At least 5 years of experience designing web-based applications
  • Background in interaction design, graphic design, computer science, information science, human factors engineering, or related fields
  • An appetite for solving complex workflow problems (involving data input, management, analytics, and visualization) in elegant ways
  • A strong understanding and application of user-centred design and data visualization principles (you know your Norman and Tufte!)
  • Strong visual skills and sensibility that fuses beauty with usability
  • Proficiency with vector-based interface authoring tools (e.g., Figma, Sketch, etc.) and interaction prototyping tools (e.g., Framer, Principle, etc.)

Ideally, you also have:

  • Experience designing, conducting and interpreting user research studies

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