Interaction/Visual Designer

Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
March 03, 2024
Offerd Salary:€61,318
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Post Date : 09-Feb-2024 Close Date : 03-Mar-2024

Job Title: Interaction/Visual Designer

Department: School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences

Reporting to: Dr Michelle Flood or nominee

Location: RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences, Dublin 2

Contract/Duration: Up to 4 years (depending on start date)

Remuneration: €61,318 (IUA Scale Research Fellow Pt 1 - annual increments will apply)

Closing Date: March 3rd 2024

Starting Date: As soon as possible

Summary of Post

The SYNERG-IE Programme is an ambitious five year programme supported by a €2.5m Applied Programme Grant (APRO) award from the Health Research Board in Ireland. Projects funded under this programme are designed to have an impact on the health and social care of individuals, population health, and the health system in Ireland and beyond.

SYNERG-IE is a multidisciplinary research programme designed in partnership with Sjögren's Ireland that aims to address longstanding challenges in the recognition, diagnosis, and management of Sjögren's (pronounced ‘show- grins'). Sjögren's is a chronic autoimmune disease affecting approximately 1 in 200 people that is associated with significant morbidity affecting quality of life. Although relatively common, its complexity means that early signs and symptoms are often missed, leading to delays in diagnosis of ten years or longer for many people.

This programme will adopt a collaborative and inclusive approach, combining the skills of multidisciplinary researchers, the insights of patients, and the needs of healthcare professionals and policymakers to bring about transformative change in Sjögren's care and research. Through involving people living with Sjögren's and healthcare professionals, the research will reflect the real-world experiences of Sjögren's and the findings will have maximum impact, leading to tangible improvements in care.

The SYNERG-IE Programme aims to make a difference to the lives of people affected by Sjögren's in many ways. By optimising prescribing practices and medicines use, people will experience more personalised and effective treatments. Co-design approaches will be used to develop improved care pathways to enhance care experiences. National guidance and policies will provide a clear framework for care, reducing the current delays in diagnosis and treatment. Furthermore, the increased knowledge stemming from undergraduate and postgraduate education initiatives will improve awareness.

The interaction/visual designer will play a key role in the success of the programme through driving user-centred practice and ensuring that the visual design of project artefacts is optimised.

Specifically, the duties of the post are:

  • Conduct design activities under the supervision and direction of the Programme Lead and research team.
  • Conduct design research activities (including field-based user research, interviews, etc.).
  • Illustrate issues and ideas visually e.g. developing using storyboards, process flows, ecosystem maps, and journey maps.
  • Lead co-design workshops (virtually and in person), synthesis, and generation of interventions.
  • Design user-centred interaction models, wireframes or screen mockups.
  • Evaluate proposed interventions with users and key stakeholders, and adapt and iterate as required.
  • Work closely with the programme team and collaborators to ensure the success of the project and timely completion of deliverables.
  • Develop and execute a clear and cohesive visual identity for the SYNERG-IE programme, including templates, branding, reports etc.
  • Design and deliver innovative approaches to disseminating research findings to relevant stakeholders (including contribution to academic papers, conference presentations, traditional/social media, manage website etc.).
  • Engage in the broader research and scholarly activities of the research group and participation in internal/external networks where appropriate.
  • Provide day-to-day advice, support and assistance to postdoctoral researchers, research students, undergraduate students, and other junior members associated with the programme/group.
  • Undertake other duties and responsibilities as may be determined by the Programme Lead or Programme Manager from time to time.
  • Comply with statutory legislation and School rules and requirements in furtherance of your own and general staff welfare and safety.
  • Undergo programmes of training and development as may be required from time to time.
  • Represent the best interests of the Programme/School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences/University at all times.
  • Qualifications – (Essential):

  • BSc or higher degree in a relevant discipline (e.g. design disciplines, graphic design, computer science, human computer interaction).
  • Strong portfolio of design projects demonstrating strong UX/UI and aesthetic skills (please provide a portfolio link in your cover letter if available).
  • Knowledge & Experience – ( Essential):

  • Experience in building and testing interactive UX prototypes with users and compiling and analysing feedback to guide iterative design development.
  • Experience with image editing and digital sketching software (e.g. Photoshop, InDesign, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe XD or similar).
  • Can use drawing applications to design original graphics logos, icons, and infographics
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct deep human centred research in context, and to analyse research to define key user insights and design requirements.
  • Ability to communicate complex ideas clearly in writing, verbally, visually.
  • Demonstrates a ‘can-do' attitude with a pro-active approach to work, identifying opportunities and anticipating and resolving problems in advance; have keen attention to detail - from anticipating and addressing issues in advance to understanding requests and delivering quality work.
  • Knowledge & Experience – ( Desirable):

  • Previous experience working with clinicians and patients/patient organisations/public
  • Understanding of health system complexity, particularly in the Irish context
  • Previous experience in an academic research setting
  • MSc or PhD in a relevant discipline
  • Project management experience
  • Experience leading interdisciplinary co-design sessions/projects (online and in-person)
  • Strong foundation in typography, layout, and visual design
  • Experience with video editing software
  • Knowledge of HTML/CSS/JavaScript
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