Job Requisition Number: 22954. Standing nearly on top of the Hayward Fault, the Berkeley Seismological Laboratory (BSL) provides robust hazard information while engaging in essential geophysical research. Throughout the BSL's long history of innovation (described below), beginning with the 1897 installation of the first seismograph in the western hemisphere, our commitment to probing the Earth's deepest secrets has remained unchanged.
Mission of the BSL Fundamental research: Support fundamental research into all aspects of earthquakes, solid earth processes, and their effects on society through the collection, archival, and delivery of high quality geophysical data and through fostering a dynamic research environment that connects researchers across disciplines and to geophysical observations systems.
Hazard information: Provide robust and reliable real-time data and information on Northern California earthquakes to government, public, and private institutions, and to the public, in partnership with the US Geological Survey, CalEMA and other collaborating institutions.
Broad education: Enable the broad consumption of earthquake information and solid earth science through education and outreach to all sectors of society. Educate and train students at all levels through classes and research opportunities.
Professional operation: Create a productive professional working environment to enable the efficient and robust operation and management of the geophysical facilities and the career development of the staff and students.
The MyShake project is looking for a full-time staff member to help curate our user base and enhance user satisfaction and app loyalty. MyShake is a citizen science initiative developed at the UC Berkeley Seismology Lab which uses smartphones to detect earthquakes around the world. As of January 1st, 2017, more than 220,000 people have downloaded the app and there are over 10,000 active users on any given day. The User Experience Designer will help grow our active user base by improving the interaction between the citizen scientists and the product through the use of user-centered design processes. The User Experience Designer will interact with the App Developers to enhance the User Interface experience, employing focus groups to beta test new ideas, and help create, modify, and prototype designs to support the project. The designer will also engage the users on social media to help expand the user base. The designer will also keep track of input from users to ensure that those needs are represented in the product or service being developed. Performs usability evaluations for development teams. May produce specifications describing user requirements and internal structures for product or service in development.
Responsibilities include: ? Manage a set of focus groups to analyze and test customer engagement with the app including using focus group input to develop new content and experiences to promote user engagement; working with UI develop to prototype new content and experiences; testing new content with focus groups; maintaining MyShake twitter and other social media accounts to ensure that their up-to-date content support project activities and feedback; responding to the Google Play Store comments to ensure user satisfaction ? Document app development, feedback, bug fixes, development directions. Support project reporting. Track user base size in response to new features, content, and experiences ? Work on additional special projects as the need arises.Knowledge/Skills: ? Possesses a beginning understanding of the user-centered design process (user research, user needs assessment, user modeling, design, usability evaluation, and developer relations). ? Possesses a basic understanding of design principles and guidelines. ? Has basic skills in diagramming, prototyping, and using design tools. ? Has strong communication and interpersonal skills. ? Must be self-motivated, work independently or as part of a team, able to learn quickly, meet deadlines and demonstrate problem solving skills. ? Must have basic web and/or application development skills. ? Must have a basic understanding of web accessibility best practices. ? Previous experience running science-oriented focus groups and citizen science initiatives. Education/Training: ? Bachelor's degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training.
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