User Experience Developer (term)


Website University of Toronto

Date Posted: 12/14/2023
Req ID: 35393
Faculty/Division: Faculty of Arts & Science
Department: Dept of Computer Science
Campus: St. George (Downtown Toronto)
Position Number:


About us:

The Faculty of Arts & Science is the heart of Canada’s leading university and one of the most comprehensive and diverse academic divisions in the world. The strength of Arts & Science derives from our combined teaching and research excellence in the humanities, sciences and social sciences across 29 departments, seven colleges and 46 interdisciplinary centres, institutes and programs.

We can only realize our mission with the dedication and excellence of engaged staff and faculty. The diversity of opportunities and perspectives within the Faculty reflect the local and global landscape and the need for curiosity, innovative thinking and collaboration.

At Arts & Science, we take pride in our legacy of innovation and discovery that has changed the way we think about the world.

Established in 1964, the Department of Computer Science is ranked among the top computer science departments in the world. Our faculty have been presented with a wide variety of honours and awards over the years, including two Turing Awards, and many other national and international honours. We provide diverse programs and research opportunities while consistently producing high-impact research that is among the most highly cited in computer science.

Your opportunity:

Under the direction of Prof. Steve Easterbrook, and in close collaboration with our Lead Developer & Systems Architect, the incumbent is responsible for acting as a UX developer for a major scientific nationwide project funded by the Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI).

The Data Analytics for Canadian Climate Services (DACCS) project is building a cloud-based platform to facilitate conversion of raw climate data from satellite observations and simulation models into relevant, credible and actionable information products for assessing climate impacts and risks. A key feature of DACCS is support for creating and sharing analytics workflows alongside the datasets they apply to. DACCS will integrate with existing international climate data services such as the Earth System Grid Federation, while providing additional services tailored to the Canadian context. To build the DACCS platform, the University of Toronto is partnering with Ouranos, CRIM, PCIC, CCCma, Natural Resources Canada, McGill and Concordia Universities.

The UX Developer will be responsible for all aspects of UX design for the DACCS ‘Marble’ software platform.

In this role, you will conduct, coordinate and oversee UX software development for the U of Toronto team, developing and testing UX components of the DACCS platform with key project stakeholders across Canada, including co-PIs, scientists, postdocs and students. You will ensureall such components are interoperable with other components of DACCS, while meeting scientific, technical, security, privacy, accessibility and usability specifications and standards. You will develop and deliver tutorials, demos, and workshops, write appropriate user guides, and coordinate with technical leads in each partner organization, seeking opportunities to collaborate with technical communities on the development of UX-related components for DACCS.

Note: this is a term position to December 2024.

Your responsibilities will include:

Analyzing, recommending, and designing highly complex software architecture
Developing and maintaining standards and styles for visual and interface design of digital platforms
Reconciling business requirements with information architecture needs for highly complex system integration
Designing and developing UX deliverables
Conducting usability testing for web applications
Building and strengthening relationships with stakeholders and partners of strategic importance
Conducting needs assessments to determine end-user technical requirements
Serving as a resource on specific issues to a group of specialists

Essential Qualifications:

Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science or Engineering, or an equivalent combination of education and recent and relevant experience in UX design.
Minimum five (5) years of recent and related experience in UX software development.
Excellent knowledge of web design standards and usability factors.
Excellent knowledge of designing and conducting user experience testing and content through a variety of methods for a diverse audience.
Proven experience in analyzing UX feedback and translating into actionable tasks.
Proven experience in conducting design review and evaluation sessions (both pre- and post- implementation), analysis and providing recommendations for changes.
Demonstrated experience and competency in agile software development and in behavioural and/or test driven design.
Experience eliciting, expressing, prioritizing and analyzing user requirements, functional requirements, non-functional product requirements and external interfaces.
Proven experience in developing and maintaining accessible documentation.
Strong debugging/bug-tracking/code review/documentation experience, including excellent software project management skills.
Superior problem solving andanalytical ability.
Excellent communication skills (both written and verbal) with the ability to articulate and explain technical issues to non-technical users in a clear and precise manner.
Excellent time management and organizational skills with the ability to work independently and efficiently in a busy environment with shifting priorities.
Familiarity with UX design for geospatial data such as large climate and satellite datasets.
Advanced programming skills in Python and in Git source control.
Demonstrated sensitivity to organizational priorities with the ability to multi-task.
Demonstrated ability to work well as a team member and independently in a high-pressure environment.

To be successful in this role you will be:


This role is currently eligible for a hybrid work arrangement, pursuant to the University policies and guidelines, including but not limited to the University of Toronto’s Alternative Work Arrangements Guideline.

Closing Date: 01/07/2024, 11:59PM ET
Employee Group: USW
Appointment Type: Grant – Term – term to December 2024
Schedule: Full-Time
Pay Scale Group & Hiring Zone:
USW Pay Band 16 – $99,548 with an annual step progression to a maximum of $127,305. Pay scale and job class assignment is subject to determination pursuant to the Job Evaluation/Pay Equity Maintenance Protocol.
Job Category: Information Technology (IT)

Lived Experience Statement
Candidates who are members of Indigenous, Black, racialized and 2SLGBTQ+ communities, persons with disabilities, and other equity deserving groups are encouraged to apply, and their lived experience shall be taken into consideration as applicable to the posted position.


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