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Information Technology Services - Usability Engineer

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Posted 26 August, 2014. Closed 12 September, 2014.


Information Technology Services

Job Title:

Usability Engineer

Date Posted:

26 August, 2014

Closing Date:

12 September, 2014

Number Available:



$15.00 per hour


16 - 19 hours per week; schedule to be arranged


This position provides support for the assessment of the Libraries' websites and public services. Specific duties include:

  • Works with the Web Services unit and others to determine the appropriate methods for evaluation of the Libraries' sites and services
  • Plans and implements any evaluation sessions
  • Writes reports of evaluation findings as needed
  • Maintains the Libraries Usability website and blog (http://www.lib.washington.edu/usability/)
  • Other duties as assigned

Required Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of usability engineering methods including but not limited to:
    • heuristic evaluation
    • formal user testing
    • focus groups
    • contextual inquiry
  • Ability to create prototypes, mockups, and web pages quickly
  • Ability to manage projects independently
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

Desired Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Familiarity with UW Libraries services
  • Familiarity with user experience design and service design
  • Experience conducting usability tests, focus groups and other usability methods

Application Process:

  1. Complete a UW Libraries student job application form. To ensure compatibility and consideration, complete the application form using Adobe Reader (some programs, including versions of Mac Preview, are not fully compatible with PDF forms).
  2. Submit the following materials to the Library student employment online dropbox:
    • Application form
    • Cover letter
    • Resume

    Selected applicants will be contacted for an interview.

    For additional information or questions regarding student job opportunities, or for assistance with the application process, please contact the Student Employment Coordinator, UW Libraries:
    Erik Dahl