Senior UX/UI Designer – NGS/DNA Synthesis – San Francisco, US

DNA Script

DNA Script is a leading company in manufacturing de novo synthetic nucleic acids using an enzymatic technology. The company aims at accelerating innovation in life science and technology through the decentralization of rapid, on demand and high-quality DNA synthesis. DNA Script's approach leverages nature's billions of years of evolution in synthesizing DNA to set a new standard for customizing nucleic acid synthesis thus accelerating discovery in genetics, genomics, and synthetic biology. Discovery disciplines with profound impacts upon humanity such as biopharma, translational genetics and even molecular information storage all start with synthetic DNA.
To date, DNA Script has raised over $65M of financing, mostly through leading investors such as LSP, BPI France, Illumina Ventures, Merck Ventures, Sofinnova Partners, Kurma Partners and Idinvest.
DNA Script has its research facility headquartered in Paris, France, and is in the process of establishing its commercial and development teams near San Francisco.

Opportunity and challenge

We are looking to assemble a team of best-in-class, innovative and passionate people. We want to gather their talents and skills to achieve one goal: unlock the power of "DNA-write". We offer the opportunity of joining a dynamic, international and highly skilled team in a pioneering startup. Our Next-Hour DNA Synthesis platforms not only have the potential to change the way the world makes and uses synthetic DNA, but also to accelerate the rate of discovery by delivering upon the
promise of same-day results.
DNA Script is actively searching for a Senior UX/UI Designer who will be responsible for defining our customers' user experience from design to build.
We aim to build a series of web-enabled tools that will allow customers to plan and order materials to print their DNA oligos, track order and inventory status, receive relevant news concerning their area(s) of interest, and connect with 3rd party oligo design tools, as needed.


  • Develop the design system for DNA Script user interfaces
  • Lead and create the design process for developing DNA Script interfaces
  • Partner with product managers and engineering to balance technical, business, and customer requirements while applying a user-centric design approach
  • Collaborate with Operations, Marketing & Product Development to select, prioritize, and develop user personae
  • Consult with clients and potential customers to understand their needs, objectives
  • Create storyboards, user stories, wireframes, and screen flows to inform software development at a level of detail that informs test acceptance criteria
  • Analyze user feedback and activity, and then iterate designs to enhance user experience
  • Conduct usability testing on software interfaces developed by DNA Script
  • Assist with developing content, designing UI elements and end-user reports
  • Research adjacent solutions and benchmark against relevant user interface

  • 5+ years professional experience designing for desktop and mobile products
  • Bachelor's degree (BA/BS) or certification in a related field such as UX/UI, graphic design, human-computer interfaces
  • Expert fluency in commonly used design tools such as Sketch, InVision and Adobe CS (particularly XD)
  • Hands-on experience producing user requirements, storyboards, wireframes, scenarios, flowcharts, design prototypes, and design specifications
  • Experience in an agile environment working closely with Product and Dev teams
  • Ability to clearly and effectively present and communicate design processes, ideas, and solutions to teams and customers
  • Sees the world from a customer-first perspective
  • Solid graphic design ability, strong design communication skills and desire to work as part of a team...our team needs to inspire each other and make the "ordinary" projects extraordinary by showing how passionate we are about good design
  • Experience conducting and coordinating remote and in-person user research using a variety of methodologies, and documenting the results and findings
  • Past experience designing e-commerce web interfaces
  • Past experience leading usability testing and iterating designs based on results
  • Past experience creating designs that formed basis for acceptance testing/SQA

Ideal candidates will have
  • Background in biological sciences, DNA applications, either from education or work experience
  • Background in data analytics, data management
  • Past experience as front-end developer
  • Past experience designing/using oligo design tools (e.g. TwistBio, IDT, NimbleGen, etc.)
  • Online portfolio of past work with example wireframes, layout boards, example design system
  • Able to communicate how past challenges were overcome with designing interfaces and creating design systems
  • Familiarity with Adobe XD, UXPin Merge, React.j

  • Job located in South San Francisco
  • Remote Details: Employees outside 40 mile radius of office are expected to be on-site 25%
  • Start date: Q1 2020