Senior UX Engineer - Design Systems and Tooling (m/f/d)

The Mission 

The web was created by scientists, to foster scientific collaboration and drive progress for a better world. Here at ResearchGate, we’re looking for an experienced UX engineer to join our Design Systems and Tooling team. We are a bunch of pragmatic optimists from all around the world and many different backgrounds. Together, we focus on taking the web back to its original mission and changing the way scientists communicate for the better.

Our goal is to connect the world of science and make research open to all.

The Opportunity

Work with impact At ResearchGate your input can help over 18 million scientists and researchers to solve global challenges. Whether studying the first moments of our universe or tracking global warming, our users are making a real difference.

Building at scale This means creating solutions that facilitate an end-to-end design workflow that enables designers and engineers in multiple product teams to continuously ship reliable features and great user experiences.

Grow at work At ResearchGate we put people first. You’ll join an environment where your personal development is very important to us. In regular one on ones & quarterly feedback talks, you and your manager will identify possible paths for you to grow, plan the actionable steps forward and agree on the right amount of guidance needed to reach your goals.

Have ownership As a member of the Design Systems and Tooling team, you’ll be given the opportunity to own medium to long-term initiatives and drive the continuous improvement of tools & integrations. Your thinking, your feedback on processes, and your execution will be key to the success of new ideas. 

The Requirements

To be successful in the role of a Senior UX Engineer Design Systems and Tooling at ResearchGate our ideal candidate would have the following traits and experience:

You have:
• Deep understanding of CSS principles and architecture
• Experience building and/or maintaining a design system
• Expertise in modern Javascript and a modern framework (e.g. VueJs, React) to build rich front-end applications
• Motivation to contribute to and shape UX processes involving technical and non-technical team members
• The drive to always find the best approach to make technology work for the users and provide them with a great user experience

Bonus points
• Interest in stakeholder management and community building of scalable design systems
• Experience in working within a mature system and the challenges associated with it
• Background in product development for non-technical users
• Rich understanding of the different dimensions of accessibility and inclusiveness and their implementation
• Prior experience as a mentor
• Experience in test-driven development

• Something else? We are curious: What is your unique background or talent that makes you a strong choice for this role? 

Your first 12 months

After we welcome you aboard you can expect:

In 3 months you'll be able to work completely independently, give meaningful feedback to your colleagues in code reviews, creating small to medium features while continuing to gain insights into our ecosystem via pair programming. 

In 6 months you'll actively drive mid-term goals, confidently develop and deploy solutions and improvements, and actively contribute to the core processes and best practices of your team.

In 1-2 years, with the full understanding of our ecosystem and challenges, you will be expected to drive long term impactful initiatives. You’ll work together with your manager to identify and implement the unique ways that you can add value to the company while leveraging your strengths. 
Maybe it’s by managing complex technical projects, being a developer evangelist for ResearchGate, or by evaluating new innovative technologies to bring into our stack. 

Meet the Team

You will join a dedicated Design Systems & Tooling team that works at the intersection of design and technology and is shaping the future of ResearchGate’s UX. We’re experts in creating scalable cross-platform design systems and tools that bridge the gap between design and engineering. Our mission is to create solutions that facilitate an end-to-end design story lifecycle so that designers, engineers and copywriters are enabled to collaborate closely and ship features that make a real difference for our users. 

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Ryen is the design tooling expert.
His solutions are like superglue that connects designers and engineers. 
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Justin is our architect. 
He decodes our most complex problems and makes them easy to understand for everyone.

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Stefan is the captain.
If this was a Hollywood movie, he's the one willing to sacrifice himself for the crew. Though he is very comfortable with the fact that the stakes aren’t that high around here.

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You are the ....? We are very curious to learn more about your strengths and interests to find the right challenges for you.
Our Story 

ResearchGate was founded in 2008 by three friends who believed it was possible to connect all of the world’s scientists. 

We started out with just a handful of members. By 2011, one million ResearchGate members discussed their research questions and shared advice on the then newly launched forums. 

By 2015, four complete rounds of financing had fueled ResearchGate’s growth and investors included Benchmark Capital, Founders Fund, Bill Gates, Tenaya Capital, Goldman Sachs,Wellcome Trust, and Four Rivers Group. 

Today, 18 million scientists connect on the network, collaborate, and share their research. They report on their research as it happens and get feedback to make progress faster. They post 500 questions and give 2000 answers daily. They find jobs that fit their interests and research profiles. They connect to universities and companies through advertising solutions. 

We’re now closer than ever to fulfilling our mission to connect the world of science and make research open to all.

Hiring Process

Our hiring process is transparent and uncomplicated. We are very aware that interview processes are a taxing phase in your life and respect your time and effort. We aim to have “just enough” process to ensure that we all can make an informed decision if it’s a mutual fit for both of us.

If you feel at any time we could do better, please let us know and we will fix it. Your feedback is welcomed and appreciated.

First contact As a first step, we’ll have a chat to explore your background, your interest in ResearchGate and your goals.

Technical interview Our technical interviews simulate the engineering work you’d do day-to-day. You’re going to pair-program with people you’d be working with using a ready-to-use browser environment based on Visual Studio Code. No worries, no local setup or whiteboards will be involved! 

Design collaboration Following our day-to-day tasks you’re going to meet with an engineer and designer to discuss a real life design concept. In this conversation about the user experience, aspects like accessibility, and, potentially, technical edge cases we want to show you how we work and understand how this suits your experience and working style.

Finish Line In this last conversation with another Engineering Leader we want to understand in which ways you’ll be adding to our engineering culture and give you enough room to get all your burning questions answered.