Benchling

Design Director at Benchling

San Francisco · Full Time

Benchling was started by a group of software engineers with molecular and computational biology experience. Many of us chose not to pursue paths in science because we were frustrated at how hard it was to work together. We’ve experienced the pain of poorly managed data, irreproducible research, and paper lab notebooks.
 
Thousands of scientists all around the world use Benchling to do research. Whether they are at the world’s largest companies, the top research universities, or working on a startup in a garage, scientists use Benchling for the same reason: to be empowered, not encumbered, by their tools.

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Job Description

We’re seeking a Design Director who is passionate about building out design infrastructure, teams, and culture, whom also wants to work on a meaningful product. You’ll play an integral role in growing our business, culture and brand by evangelizing design best practices from the leadership team to individual engineers.

The ideal candidate will:
- have a portfolio showcasing excellent systems-thinking and UX/UI skills
- demonstrate strong problem-solving skills and attention to detail
- be an expert communicator and able to connect with folks across all teams
- be strongly opinionated and comfortable working in a highly collaborative team
- constantly seek and provide feedback to improve the quality of our work
- have experience with research and user-centric design
- have 6+ years work experience
- experience building and leading teams including recruiting, managing and coaching
- Ability to set design vision which aligns with business goals and available resources

Your responsibilities will be to:
- build a design team that works within our overall product team to improve the experience of Benchling, both UX and UI-wise
- develop a consistent visual identity for Benchling across Product and Marketing
- create design processes across the team from research to execution
- manage creative concepts through from conception to implementation, from whiteboarding to wireframes to high fidelity mocks
- Develop and share vision of design culture at Benchling

At Benchling, we aim to make life science research faster and more collaborative. Biotechnology has the potential to solve humanity’s most pressing challenges, such as disease, renewable energy, clean water, and hunger. The brightest minds are working on these problems but they are equipped with archaic tools. We aspire to fix this and increase the rate of scientific output with a platform for researchers to design and run experiments, analyze data, and share results.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

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What We're Building

Benchling makes life science research faster and more collaborative.

Biotechnology has the potential to solve humanity’s most pressing challenges, such as disease, renewable energy, clean water, and hunger. The brightest minds are working on these problems but they are equipped with archaic tools. We aspire to fix this and increase the rate of scientific output with a platform for researchers to design and run experiments, analyze data, and share results.

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