UX Designer

Title:  UX / Interaction Designer / Front-End Developer

Location: Washington, DC; Charlottesville, VA; Lexington, KY; Seattle, WA

ARiA applies broad interdisciplinary expertise in acoustics, modeling & simulation, signal processing, and cognitive science toward innovative science and engineering research and development for a diverse set of government and corporate clients that focuses on modeling & simulation for training and model-based signal-processing and artificial intelligence for detection and classification. Partnering with government, industry, and academia, ARiA solves critical challenges.

To enable effective and efficient transition of applied research to advanced development of products and systems, ARiA is structured to bring together top-quality research scientists with development and software engineers in an environment in which research and development mutually benefit from joint leveraging of in-house expertise.

ARiA is a small business where you can make a big difference. Our employees, including those at entry-level, are working together with the CIO of the Air Force to use
artificial intelligence and machine learning to change the way the government acquires technology and working with top Navy leaders to use video games and simulation to change the way sailors are trained to use sonar.

ARiA: Real Research. Real World.TM

For more information, visit www.ariacoustics.com.

ARiA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Position Description:

ARiA has a position available for a junior-level (2+ years of experience) to senior-level (10+ years of experience ) user-experience (UX) and interaction designer / front-end developer to support development of ARiA software and products in the areas of artificial intelligence, information retrieval, and game-based training, working in close coordination with ARiA scientists and engineers.

The UX /interaction designer / front-end developer has primary responsibility for UX and interaction design (IxD), participates in and guides front-end development, and conducts testing to evaluate and improve UX and user outcomes across a range of ARiA software and products.

Responsible for:

Gathering and synthesizing user requirements in coordination with customer stakeholders and ARiA scientists and engineers

Designing all elements of the UX and IxD including the graphical user interface (UI)

Guiding and participating in front-end development to ensure the UX design achieves design goals and meets end-user needs

Conducting qualitative and quantitative testing to evaluate function, performance, and usability

Presenting prototypes and test findings and results internally and to external stakeholders

Preparing documentation to summarize design and status of software prototypes and products

Assisting with in-field integration, testing, and support, with some local travel required

Sample application areas:

Search / Information Retrieval

Training / Education

Serious Games


Bachelor’s degree (or greater) in human-computer interaction (HCI), psychology, computer science, or a related field

Hands-on experience working as a UX Designer or in a similar role

Portfolio of UX design projects

Fluency with the science of HCI and UX and facility with design and execution of qualitative and quantitative testing

Facility developing front-end interfaces across multiple application areas using one or more software languages or development tools such as HTML5 / CSS, PHP, Javascript, and commercial game engines (e.g., Unity)

Exceptional ability and desire to acquire new knowledge and skills to solve challenges

Ability to work independently but collaboratively

Ability to manage multiple projects in a fast-paced professional office environment

Ability to communicate technical solutions to project management and the development team

Superior oral and written communications skills

Applicants selected for employment will be subject to a government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements, including U.S. citizenship, for access to sensitive information.

Desirable Skills, Qualifications, and Experience:

Knowledge of and experience with UX design for application domains that are highly technical and/or specialized

Knowledge of and experience with measuring performance gain for users: e.g., learning gain for training tasks and measures of task performance for information-retrieval tools

To apply submit resume/CV and cover letter to hr@ariacoustics.com.