Current GSA Position in the Office of Research Information Services (Visual/Interaction Designer)

Application Deadline:   Open until filled

Department:                   Office of Research Information Services
Date Available:              11/3/2014

The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nation’s premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.

The Office of Research Information Services has an outstanding opportunity for a Graduate Staff Assistant to aid in the design, creation, and maintenance of websites for the University of Washington’s Office or Research and subsidiary offices.

Department: Office of Research Information Services, Office of Research

Job Location: UW Tower, 4333 Brooklyn Avenue NE


The Office of Research Information Services (ORIS) goal is to alleviate the administrative burden for the UW community of researchers and research staff. The unit provides senior systems development, technical expertise and consultation to the University; creates and maintains web pages; prepares requirements definitions for client departments; develops and generates reports; designs and implements appropriate solutions; identifies and solves operational problems relating to networks, distributed services, mainframe systems and end-user specific tools. The systems and services that ORIS provides help support UW’s position as one of the top research institutions in the world.

The Office of Research Information Services is seeking a highly motivated, well-organized UW graduate student interested in web graphic design to serve as a Graduate Staff Assistant starting in Fall Quarter. The Graduate Staff Assistant will support the University of Washington’s Office of Research websites by designing and creating new websites, webpages, updating content and enhancing existing web pages, leveraging wireframes, prototypes, user research throughout the design process. The supported websites are developed in HTML, PHP and MySQL and experience with these technologies is required.

Duties include:

  • Develop design concepts, wireframes, prototypes of web pages, site enhancements and new features
  • Contribute to website information architecture and user interface decisions, working seamlessly with User Experience, Front-end Development, Business Analysts, Communications and Content Strategy team members.
  • Contribute to project assessments and requirement gathering sessions with business partner, working with Business Analysts, Product Managers and ORIS leadership
  • Assist with writing, editing and updating web content
  • Enhance existing web pages
  • Other duties as needed


  • Currently registered UW Graduate Student in good standing and eligibility to hold a Graduate Student Assistantship
  • Strong Adobe Creative Suite skills
  • Experience with HTML, PHP, MySQL
  • Be accountable for meeting necessary schedules and deadlines
  • Reliable, responsible, punctual, and well organized
  • Excellent communication skills (verbal and written)
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a cross-functional team
  • Experience designing WordPress websites

Desired (not required) Skills:

  • Knowledge of CodeIgniter, Symfony, Zend Framework, or other PHP MVC-style web frameworks
  •  Experience with CSS, JavaScript and jQuery
  • Experience with Microsoft software development technologies such as C#, ASP.Net, MS SQL
  • Hands-on experience with JQuery

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.

Condition of Employment:

Candidates are hired through graduate appointments; applicants must therefore be enrolled at the UW and be in good standing with ten credits or more of graduate coursework during autumn, winter, and spring quarters. Applicants in state-funded programs will be eligible for the standard tuition waiver if these conditions are met. Applicants in fee-based programs are eligible for quarterly payments towards their course fees that are equivalent to Graduate Tier 1 resident full-time tuition. Applicants must also be able to work 20 hours from Monday through Friday between the hours of 8am and 5pm. The appointment carries a stipend, tuition waiver, and health benefits.

A satisfactory outcome from a criminal background verification may be required prior to hire.


Salary and benefits are competitive. Salary is commensurate with academic standing, qualifications, and experience.


Salary information:

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How to Apply:

Send resume and cover letter to Resumes must be submitted electronically to be considered.