Visual Web Designer

Ontario Institute for Cancer Research
Toronto, ON, Canada
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Visual Web Designer

Position: Visual Web Designer Site: MaRS Centre, Toronto Department: Genome Informatics Reports To: Manager, Web Development Salary: Commensurate with level of experience Hours: 35 hours/week Status: Full-Time, Permanent

The Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR) is seeking a Visual Web Designer with UI/UX experience to design websites and application features, and contribute to meaningful projects. As a key member of the creative team, the candidate will apply their mastery in design to create amazing web page and application designs. The ideal candidate has experience working from scope requirements to a great product design and is comfortable to collaborate with teams, working together to satisfy user experience and product understanding, and adapting to aligned objectives. The ideal candidate is motivated and passionate about creating a positive impact in cancer research, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology, with the practical expertise to make the role of design, a meaningful and viable practice as guided by research.


Perform intelligent organization and design analyses to new situations, creating outstanding design concepts that visually interpret problems and achieve UX design objectives within aesthetics, usability, and usefulness; and, help to predict user behavior with increasing accuracy and correctness;

Problem-solve in collaboration with stakeholders, but also design and development teams, to capture credible answers (content and information) to best solve problems as visual designed web pages. Artifacts from design analysis include, but are not limited by, designing user personas and describing user scenarios, designing skeleton wireframes and storyboards, incorporating branding and visual mock-ups, incorporating content language, sitemaps and designing information flow;

Produce high-quality designs for web, mobile and email systems, with working understanding of web browser devices and mobile device resolutions, web technologies including web input forms and accessibility guidelines, and an openness to create working understanding web platforms (Twitter/LinkedIn/Facebook, Google/GitHub);

Perform quality control analysis with visual language/brand, accessibility, application workflow comparison, and implementation reviews; Provide effective collaboration to support communication, user engagements and product goals;

Act as a positive example to peers and students.


Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Visual Communications or recognized equivalent;

2+ year(s) of visual design experience, including website designs and graphical designs produced for people and their projects;

1+ year(s) of writing experience, which may include web, technical, scientific and lay audiences;

Knowledge over the design analysis processes to integrate content, structure and tone into user experience that may discover the users’ real needs;

Experience producing high-quality design analysis deliverables including, but not limited to, designing user personas and describing user scenarios, designing skeleton wireframes and storyboards, incorporating branding and visual mock-ups, incorporating content language, sitemaps and designing information flow;

Mastery over design, prototyping and feedback tools including Adobe Photoshop/Illustrator, Sketch, Figma and InvisionApp; Knowledge and understanding of Print Content Designs and Writing for Emails, Web Content Page Designs and Writing for the Web, Software Product Designs and Application Flows, Responsive Web Designs and Designing for Mobile Devices, Color and Content Accessibility Guidelines, W3C Designs and Web Forms, CSS Layout Designs and Bootstrap Libraries, Content Design Patterns and UI Design Patterns, and Subject-Domain Knowledge in Bioinformatics/Computational Biology;

Willingness and desire to learn new skills and/or develop existing skills.

Additional Information

For more information about OICR-WEBDEV team, please visit the team’s website at: If you are seeing this job posting on, that is one of our projects.

OICR is an innovative cancer research institute located in the MaRS Centre in the Discovery District in downtown Toronto. OICR is addressing significant challenges in cancer research with multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional teams. New discoveries to prevent, detect and treat cancer will be moved from the bench to practical applications in patients. The OICR team is growing quickly. We are innovative, dedicated professionals who bring expertise to each of our roles. We are looking for individuals interested in being part of a culture of excellence that will result in Ontario being recognized internationally as a leading jurisdiction for cancer research.

Launched in December 2005, OICR is an independent institute funded by the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

For more information about OICR, please visit the website at

CLOSING DATE: Until Filled

OICR is an inclusive employer dedicated to building a diverse workforce. We encourage applications from all qualified candidates and will accommodate applicants’ needs throughout all stages of the recruitment and selection process. Please advise the Recruiter to ensure your accessibility needs are accommodated throughout this process. Information received relating to accommodation will be addressed confidentially.

The Ontario Institute for Cancer Research thanks all applicants. However, only those under consideration will be contacted.

Resume Format: If you elect to apply, you will need a text or HTML version of your resume so that you can cut and paste it into the application box provided. Before you submit the completed application, you will be asked to attach one or two files to your application. Please attach your resume as a .pdf or .doc file. With your application, please provide a link to an online portfolio, that showcases your previous work.