The SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics is an internationally recognized non-profit organization, dedicated to biological and biomedical data science. Its data scientists are passionate about creating knowledge and solving complex questions in many fields, from biodiversity and evolution to medicine. They provide essential databases and software platforms as well as bioinformatics expertise and services to academic, clinical, and industry groups. SIB federates the Swiss bioinformatics community of some 800 scientists, encouraging collaboration and knowledge sharing. The Institute contributes to keeping Switzerland at the forefront of innovation by fostering progress in biological research and enhancing health. 

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To reinforce our team in Lausanne, Switzerland, we are looking for a UX Designer.
UX Designer 60-80%


SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics

Work Location

Lausanne, Switzerland

Employment fraction

60% - 80%

Type of contract


Job description

The Resource Usability & Support team provides a range of high-quality services to SIB scientists. The mission of the team is to increase the visibility, usability, and impact of world-renowned scientific digital products used by thousands of researchers every day.

More specifically, we are looking to grow this area of expertise by driving both quantitative and qualitative user research (with a special emphasis on user analytics), providing thorough user experience studies, providing guidance in the field of human-centered design methods, UX Research, and UX Design, and promoting the user-centered approach within the institute.

The position will focus on the 4 areas:

UX Research

  • Apply a variety of quantitative and qualitative methods to inform, lead, and support the development of new features, and the continuous improvement of existing ones
  • Quantitative research (non-exhaustive list): Analytics (Google Analytics, Plausible, Matomo, etc.), User surveys (online, paper, polls, etc.), or website interceptors
  • Qualitative research (non-exhaustive list): Card sorting, User interviews, Focus groups, Personas, Empathy maps, User journeys
  • Participate in redesigning the analytics dashboard

 UX Design

  • Use qualitative and quantitative information gathered to provide meaningful and relevant user experiences
  • Assess usability of existing products, define pain points, and outline solutions
  • Create wireframes and iteratively validate these wireframes with target users
  • Organize workshops or design sprints with stakeholders

 Guidelines, Best practice sharing

  • Provide SIB's scientists with a set of tool kits (such as How to create a user survey? How to conduct a user interview? What is cognitive load and how to overcome it?)
  • Define and share a set of best practices in the field of user-centered design

 Promotion and adoption

  • Be an advocate at SIB for user-centered design and identify research opportunities 
Profile requirements
  • Master’s degree in Computer Sciences HCIInteraction Design or equivalent and additional work experience in a relevant field
  • Min. 5 years of experience with human-centered design methods (e.g. User Research & UX Design), ideally in a Biotech, Medtech, or Pharma company
  • Knowledge in Biology

Technical Skills:

  • Solid experience in planning and conducting UX Design studies and user research at different stages of a design process
  • Mastery of analytics tools such as Google Analytics, Plausible, and/or Matomo
  • Hands-on experience in designing user surveys, personas, empathy maps, or user journeys
  • Hands-on experience in organizing/facilitating card sorting sessions, user interviews, focus groups, workshops, design sprints
  • Ability to produce clear and concise presentations and guidelines

Soft skills

  • Excellent analytical skills and a quick understanding of complex situations
  • Proactive
  • The desire and capacity to look for project opportunities
  • Enthusiastic team player with great initiative and a get-it-done attitude
  • Excellent communication (oral and written) and presentation skills in English
  • Excellent networking skills
How to apply
SIB is committed to ensuring and fostering diversity and equal opportunities in the workplace as well as in the scientific ecosystem.

If you are interested in this challenging and highly interesting position, please submit your application including CV and letter of motivation through our online portal by clicking the "Apply" button.