Senior Design System Designer (m/f/d)

The mission

The web was created by scientists, to foster scientific collaboration and drive progress. Here at ResearchGate, we’re looking for a committed designer to join our team of pragmatic optimists and help us take the web back to its original mission - we connect the world of science and make research open to all.

The Opportunity

We're looking for a Design System Designer to help evolve our design system together with brand and product design. We developed our design system 5 years ago and now is the time to take it to the next level to enable the best possible product and product development experience. If you think in systems, are excellent at exploring design solutions at both a systematic and feature level, and get excited about crafting them to the details, join our mission.

Design that matters. At ResearchGate your input can help over 20 million scientists and researchers solve global challenges. Whether studying the first moments of our universe, developing innovative cancer treatments or tackling global warming, our users are making a real difference.

Data-driven design. Data is integral to everything we do at ResearchGate. From our outset, we have depended on tests and experiments to guide us and in our recent years, we have refined our qualitative research approach to match to make sure we work from real user insights. We don’t need to argue about the best solution, we can validate with real users. 

Cross-functional collaboration. As a designer at ResearchGate, you'll work primarily embedded in a cross-functional team of designers and engineers. You will be the advocate of the user and design in your design system team, and you also help make sure the system is adopted throughout the organisation.

To be successful in this role, folks will need to have:

  • 4+ years of experience designing user-centered products, applications or services with specific focus on UI design. Part of your experience involves working on design systems.
  • Deep knowledge of web and mobile design trends and conventions, and a system-thinking approach to problem-solving
  • Strong portfolio showcasing your understanding of how visual design and interactions work together in a system.
  • Attention to detail and and understanding of how your designs will be implemented
  • Excellent written and verbal communication in English
  • Experience working with agile methodologies and processes
  • Experience using data to inform their design process
The Team

Your product team is a cross-functional team of product managers, engineers and product analysts who share a strong belief in the positive impact that ResearchGate’s 20 million users can have worldwide. In order to help our users connect with the people, research, and resources they need to advance their work, we strive to perfect the craft of collaborative, user-centric problem-solving.
Your design team brings together designers working on product, copywriting, brand and marketing. We support each other in the craft and get together frequently to get the creative juices flowing. Our extended design team includes the members of our user research community and we work closely with them in discovery and usability testing.
We work hard to create an environment of respect and mutual support that goes through everything from our focus on your development through to how we give feedback to each other.

We understand that the capacity to innovate comes from our understanding of design thinking as a means to solve problems. Together, we’re constantly improving by refining our methods and processes.

We believe in optimism and pragmatism. At ResearchGate, we share a hopeful, positive outlook on the future and the world around us. This attitude gives us the resilience to support each other in tackling some of the biggest problems in science.

We see UX as a continuous process that is about learning from our users and each other. We believe true innovation is not achieved by individual designers or individual ideas but created by diverse teams and specialists from different fields working side by side.

We are located at the heart of Berlin, one of the most exciting cities in the world.