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Harvard University Sr. Med and Scientific Illustr in Cambridge, Massachusetts

62287BRAuto req ID:62287BRJob Code:AR0057 Graphic Designer III Department Office Location:USA - MA - Boston Business Title:Senior Medical and Scientific Animator/IllustratorSub-Unit:------------ Salary Grade ( :057Time Status:Full-time Union:00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience required.

  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant work experience producing high-quality biomedical visualizations, including digital formats for online or mobile device delivery.

  • Advanced specialized degree may count toward the experience.

Additional Qualifications and Skills:

+ + Master’s degree from an accredited two-year program in medical illustration/biomedical communications preferred.

  • Board Certified Medical Illustrator (CMI) is desired.

  • Must be highly organized, exceptionally detail-oriented, flexible, and able to collaborate across constituencies to handle multiple illustration, animation, and design projects simultaneously while meeting deadlines.

  • Strong knowledge of graphic design, typography, color theory, layout, and storyboarding is required.

  • Competency using Adobe Creative Suite as well as tools for effectively sharing/prototyping/collaborating on visual assets is required.

  • Experience designing graphics for mobile delivery is desired, including an understanding of resolution-independent graphics, image optimization, and responsive design.

  • Experience creating vector-based illustrations is a plus.

  • Experience working with faculty is a plus.

  • Experience writing scripts is a plus.

  • Project management experience is a plus.

  • Working knowledge of 3D molecular visualization and 3D modeling is a plus.

  • Familiarity with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript is a plus.

  • Interest in data visualization to enhance education materials is a plus.

Additional Information:All applicants must submit an online or PDF portfolio of their work. A cover letter is highly encouraged as part of the application process.

This position is based in Boston, but the work may be done primarily remote. Any remote work must be performed in a state in which Harvard is registered to do business (CA*, CT, GA, IL, MA, MD, ME, NH, NJ, NY, RI, VA, VT, and WA). Individual flexible and remote work options for this role will be discussed during the interview process. *Note: Harvard employees working in California must be exempt.

The health of our workforce is a priority for Harvard University. With that in mind, we strongly encourage all employees to be up-to-date on CDC-recommended vaccines.

Please note that we are currently conducting a majority of interviews and onboarding remotely and virtually. We appreciate your understanding.

The Harvard Medical School is not able to provide visa sponsorship for this position.

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Department:External EducationPre-Employment Screening:Education, IdentitySchedule:

Note on business hours:

Harvard Medical School’s standard business hours are 8 am to 5 pm in the Eastern Time Zone. Employees working outside the Eastern Time Zone are expected to flex their work hours to accommodate business needs within standard business hours, which include faculty planning sessions, filming sessions, and other meetings with key stakeholders.

Job Function:Arts Position Description:

Duties & Responsibilities:

The Senior Medical and Scientific Animator/Illustrator for the Office for External Education’s (OEE) Product Development group contributes to a growing portfolio of educational products and programs designed for OEE's target markets of corporate, healthcare professionals, and the general public. The Senior Medical and Scientific Animator/Illustrator will bring world-class visual design sensibilities and expertise in information organization, visual communication, and storytelling to produce a broad range of visual media including biomedical illustration, 2D animation, interactive educational media, graphic design, and other emerging modalities while ensuring brand consistency and graphic identity across all work. This position reports to the Associate Director, Biomedical Visualization within the highly collaborative and cross-disciplinary Product Development group.

The Senior Medical and Scientific Animator/Illustrator should feel comfortable working closely with world-class faculty, instructional designers and curriculum experts, video production professionals, developers, and other constituencies and be experienced in researching complex scientific topics, asking concise questions, and synthesizing feedback. They should be energized by working in a highly collaborative cross-disciplinary team and be able to give and receive feedback graciously. Expertise with a fully digital workflow and the associated tools is crucial, and comfort in exploring new technologies is expected. Curiosity, creativity, and initiative are a must, along with strong interpersonal skills and the problem-solving ability for challenges in effective visual communication produced in compliance with strategically set deadlines and guidelines for optimal media delivery. This position will play a key role in ensuring superior educational products and services that effectively address diverse audience needs and perspectives. A successful candidate will be interested in how people learn and will possess a drive to support learning objectives with visual media and engage learners in creative and memorable ways.

Job-Specific Responsibilities:

  • Design and produce illustrations, 2D animations, and graphics that accurately and effectively communicate medical and scientific concepts.

  • Research subject matter in the primary literature, write and/or edit scripts, storyboard, sketch, render, animate, and create prototypes/mockups as needed.

  • Conduct peer reviews of biomedical visualization assets.

  • Collaborate with colleagues across Product Development, OEE, and Harvard faculty, to develop engaging educational assets.

  • Adhere to and document processes and procedures for the production of visual materials.

  • Manage digital assets including meta tagging.

  • Make recommendations for tools and approaches to enhance the educational value of creating educational materials and/or improve the efficiency of the production process.

  • Advise faculty on best practices in biomedical communication.

  • Additional duties as assigned.

School/Unit:Harvard Medical School EEO Statement:We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging:We are committed to cultivating an inclusive workplace culture of faculty, staff, and students with diverse backgrounds, styles, abilities, and motivations. We appreciate and leverage the capabilities, insights, and ideas of all individuals. Harvard Medical School Mission and Community Values ( Benefits:We invite you to visit Harvard’s Total Rewards website ( to learn more about our outstanding benefits package, which may include:

  • Paid Time Off: 3-4 weeks of accrued vacation time per year (3 weeks for support staff and 4 weeks for administrative/professional staff), 12 accrued sick days per year, 12.5 holidays plus a Winter Recess in December/January, 3 personal days per year (prorated based on date of hire), and up to 12 weeks of paid leave for new parents who are primary care givers.

  • Health and Welfare: Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision benefits, disability and life insurance programs, along with voluntary benefits. Most coverage begins as of your start date.

  • Work/Life and Wellness: Child and elder/adult care resources including on campus childcare centers, Employee Assistance Program, and wellness programs related to stress management, nutrition, meditation, and more.

  • Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with contributions from 5% to 15% of eligible compensation, based on age and earnings with full vesting after 3 years of service.

  • Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive program including $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and reduced tuition through other participating Harvard graduate schools.

  • Tuition Reimbursement: Program that provides 75% to 90% reimbursement up to $5,250 per calendar year for eligible courses taken at other accredited institutions.

  • Professional Development: Programs and classes at little or no cost, including through the Harvard Center for Workplace Development and LinkedIn Learning.

  • Commuting and Transportation: Various commuter options handled through the Parking Office, including discounted parking, half-priced public transportation passes and pre-tax transit passes, biking benefits, and more.

  • Harvard Facilities Access, Discounts and Perks: Access to Harvard athletic and fitness facilities, libraries, campus events, credit union, and more, as well as discounts to various types of services (legal, financial, etc.) and cultural and leisure activities throughout metro-Boston.

Work Format:Remote