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Senior UX Designer/Researcher at Harvard Law School Library Innovation Lab

The Harvard Law School Library Innovation Lab, is hiring a Senior UX Designer/Researcher. Details are at and below. Please spread the word to anyone you know who might be interested!

This is one of four new positions, along with Product and Research Director, Engineering Manager, and User Support Coordinator.

About us

The Library Innovation Lab is a team of librarians, programmers, artists, and lawyers with a broad mission: to build open-source tools and services for open knowledge, available to everyone and in the public interest, that solve emerging information problems from the perspective of the world’s largest academic law library. We currently support three long-running services (PermaH2O Open Casebook, and the Caselaw Access Project) as well as a range of shorter term experiments. On the tech side, we work most often with Django, Vue, and Postgres.

Why work with us?

LIL offers a rare mix of contemplation and action: we are a small software lab within one of the world’s largest law libraries, with a mission both to try new things and to think deeply about what ought to exist for the long haul. Our mission offers a range of benefits for staff:

  • Job stability and support. While we maintain the creative atmosphere and flexibility of a small innovation lab, we’re backed by an established institution with strong benefits and support for employees.
  • Room to pursue your research agenda. We are located at the Harvard Law School Library and share a kitchen with the Berkman Klein Center and metaLAB. Going to events, having conversations, developing your scholarly perspective, and exploring it through creative projects are encouraged. We will specifically prioritize these things at the cost of shipping the next feature.
  • Set your own pace. We are a small, self-directed group that depends on internal motivation rather than externally imposed crunch time.
  • Build open source. All of our projects are open source and otherwise designed to maximize the public benefit of our work.
  • Work on stuff that matters. The projects we make are measured by how they help people in the long term.


We are based in a newly renovated space on the Harvard Law School campus. Our full-time staff positions are hybrid in person; we typically aim to be in the office Tuesday through Thursday.

Equity, diversity, inclusion, belonging and antiracism

The work and well-being of the Lab are strengthened profoundly by the diversity of our community and our differences in background, culture, experience, racial identity, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, and much more. We actively seek and welcome applications from Black and Indigenous people and people of color; women and non-binary people; the LGBTQ+ community; and people with disabilities; as well as applications from researchers and practitioners from across the spectrum of disciplines, methods, and life experiences.

Senior UX Designer/Researcher

The Senior UX Designer/Researcher will work with our product and engineering teams to design and improve LIL’s user experiences. This person will be responsible for conducting user research, creating wireframes, prototypes, and high-fidelity designs, and testing them with users to gather feedback. As a small innovation team, we will also look to this person to set the Lab’s tone regarding creativity and exploration, both as a matter of esthetic and practice.

To Apply

Visit for links to Harvard’s standard application forms. In addition, please provide a short cover letter explaining how your career trajectory and interests align with our work and mission.