Zotero is an open-source project that develops software and web services to help people collect, organize, annotate, cite, and share their research. Our software is recommended by most universities and used by millions of students, scholars, scientists, and researchers worldwide.
We’re looking for an experienced UI designer to work on all user-facing aspects of the Zotero ecosystem. You’ll spearhead a major redesign of Zotero’s desktop apps and website and help launch a new mobile app. We’re looking for someone with UI, UX, and HTML/CSS skills — your job will be to design interfaces that are as easy to use as they are beautiful and then to dive into the code to help implement those designs together with Zotero’s developers.
Zotero is a powerful tool used by a wide range of people, to collect, organize, and share everything from scientific articles with hundreds of authors to historical documents to recipes, and one of your challenges will be to design interfaces that can accommodate this diverse range of uses and make Zotero’s advanced functionality accessible to new users. As part of a small team, you’ll have a great deal of autonomy and the freedom to experiment. Most importantly, you’ll participate in a vibrant global open-source community with amazing community developers and passionate users, working on a product you can feel proud of that’s making a difference in people’s lives.
We’re an international, remote-only team. We meet up occasionally around the world (falafel is often involved), but you’ll primarily be working remotely, communicating with Zotero developers and users via chat rooms, forums, and GitHub. We have a collaborative but often-asynchronous workflow, and you’ll be fully in control of your own schedule.
What We’re Looking For
A strong background in visual design
UI/UX design experience on consumer-facing software and/or websites, with a portfolio of work
Solid understanding of modern HTML/CSS
Awareness of accessibility issues and techniques
Strong opinions about how software should work, with the empathy to understand how it’s used in the real world
Strong English communication skills — we discuss and debate nearly everything we do, so it’s critical that you can (and want to!) take part in that
A love of free and open-source software
This is a full-time position, but we may be open to a part-time role for the right person.