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2015-09-02 06:26


The Zotero team is looking for a full-time, contract product designer to work on all user-facing aspects of the Zotero ecosystem. You’ll develop a unified visual identity for use across Zotero’s products and then spearhead a major redesign of zotero.org and Zotero’s desktop apps to create the best web, desktop, and mobile experiences possible. We’re looking for someone with UI, UX, and HTML/CSS skills — your job will be to design interfaces that are as easy to use as they are beautiful and then to dive into the code to help implement those designs, assisted by Zotero’s developers.

Zotero is a powerful tool used by a wide range of people, to collect, organize, and share everything from recipes to historical documents to climate science studies, and one of your challenges will be to design interfaces that can accommodate this diverse range of uses and make Zotero’s advanced functionality accessible to new users. As part of a small team, you’ll have a great deal of autonomy and the freedom to experiment. Most importantly, you’ll participate in a vibrant global open-source community with amazing community developers and passionate users.

The core Zotero development team meets periodically in person (conference room in Virginia, falafel joint in Paris, cafe in New York City), but you’ll primarily be working remotely, communicating with Zotero developers and users via chat rooms, forums, and GitHub. We have a highly collaborative but asynchronous workflow, and you’ll be in control of your own schedule.


  • Extensive product design experience, preferably on consumer-facing software and/or websites, with a portfolio of work
  • Solid understanding of current HTML/CSS standards
  • Awareness of accessibility issues and techniques
  • Strong communication skills — we discuss and debate nearly everything we do, so it’s critical that you can (and want to!) take part in that

Bonus Points

  • Previous remote work experience

About Zotero

Zotero is an open-source project that develops software and web services to help people collect, organize, cite, and share their research. Our software is recommended by universities worldwide and used by students, scholars, researchers, scientists, and many others. We have some big plans for the future, and we need help making those happen.

Zotero and the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media are committed to providing equal employment opportunity and a work environment free from any discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, marital status, pregnancy status, or genetic information.

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