Senior Product Designer

San Francisco, CA
Senior Product Designer
Academia’s mission is to make every research paper available for free for everyone in the world. So far our 75 million users have uploaded about one third of all research papers ever written and there have been over 2 billion downloads. We’re pretty excited about that!

Problems like climate change, political conflict and social inequality can only be solved through intensive collaboration. That’s why we built a network to allow researchers to share, discover, and collaborate on new research from around the world. We love creating the experiences that enable new researchers to be discovered, and established researchers to reach new audiences.

So if you want to help all people access the world’s latest research, and help researchers connect and collaborate, keep reading!

What will you get?
In addition to finding great talent for our tight-knit team, we value fostering employee growth. Our 42-person team values curiosity, initiative, teamwork, and we are passionate about building great products. We are turning cash flow positive and our revenue run rate is growing rapidly. We have an employee-focused benefits program that includes top notch health, dental, and vision insurance, a generous time off policy (21-days paid vacation, 11 federal paid holidays, and unlimited sick days), stock options, catered lunch, a stocked kitchen, and a book stipend. We’re located near MUNI & BART in beautiful downtown San Francisco.

* Own large design projects (exploring mobile experiences, contributing to a design system, revolutionizing peer review and publishing, helping researchers showcase their work)
* Work quickly and effectively on multiple projects.
* Ship new features, bug fixes, and small improvements multiple times a week.
* Work directly with our engineers, delivering them product specs and assets
* Work directly with other designers to envision and iterate concepts
* Contribute to high-level strategic decisions with the rest of the team
* Deliver mockups and high-fidelity user interfaces
* Prototype concepts in Invision (we also like Webflow for live CSS/HTML prototypes)

* 5+ years of Product Design (User Experience, Interaction Design)
* A strong design background with an obsessive eye to interaction details
* Experience designing for web and mobile applications
* Ability to think at a high level about product strategy and vision
* Self-motivated and able to efficiently run with a project without close supervision
* Basic knowledge of HTML & CSS.
* Excellent communication skills—you should be able to clearly articulate your design decisions
* Bachelor's Degree

Bonus Skills
* User research experience—formative and validation/usability testing
* Experience with Webflow or other prototyping tools
* Experience building and evolving a Design System
* Experience with effective A/B testing
* Using quantitative data to influence design decisions
* Master’s Degree in HCI

The Academia Story
Academia’s mission is to make every academic paper ever published available for free online.

Our site accelerates research and supports critical breakthroughs in all areas of research by allowing academics to publish and share their own work. Not only do these academics share their own research, they can use our platform to monitor deep analytics around the impact of their research, and track the research of academics they follow.

Over 75 million academics are members, and have added 34 million papers. attracts over 30 million unique visitors a month, and has attracted investment of more than $34 million from leading VC firms including Khosla Ventures, True Ventures, Spark Capital and Tencent.

Academia is turning cash flow positive and revenue growth is rapid. We have 42 employees at our San Francisco Office, with 24 in engineering.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.