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 60 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 small but mighty 25-person team values curiosity, initiative, teamwork, and we are passionate about building great products. We recently turned cash flow positive and our revenue run rate is over $10M/year and 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, 10 federal holidays, and unrestricted sick-leave), 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
* 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
Founded in 2008, Academia.edu is the leading online platform for academics worldwide. Our site accelerates research and supports critical breakthroughs in medicine, science, transportation and communications by allowing researchers to publish and share their own work. Not only do these scholars and researchers share their own research, they can use our complex platform to monitor deep analytics around the impact of their research, and track the research of academics they follow. We have more than 35 employees at our San Francisco Office, with 26 in engineering.
Over 60 million academics are Academia.edu members, adding 20 million papers. Academia.edu attracts over 30 million unique visitors a month and has an investment of more than $33.5 million from leading VC firms including Khosla Ventures, True Ventures, Spark Capital and Tencent. Our work has garnered favorable attention from trade and mainstream media including Fortune, Wired, EdTech, Venture Beat, San Francisco Business Times, The Economist, The Washington Post, TechCrunch, Scientific American and Forbes.
Academia is turning cash flow positive; our revenue run rate is growing rapidly.
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.