Thursday, April 17, 2008

Be A Rapid Prototyper At Gmail

This jos is for a person well versed in multiple languages (Java, Javascript, HTML/CSS, etc) and be able to quickly learn new ones. But it looks like a fun job. Read more and see if you fit in to make my Gmail look and work better!

You'll work on intense 3-6 week projects to rapidly prototype the most important new Gmail features. Gmail is building a lot of new features all the time, and some of them have big UI impact and involve potentially complex user interactions. Gmail want to nail the design and interactions in a simple prototype before we crank out the production code. That's where you come in.

You'll hop from project to project. With each, you'll work with the project team to understand goals and constraints. Then you'll build interactive prototypes that let the team really experience the feature and quickly iterate on the design. You'll need to be able to code in multiple languages (Java, Javascript, HTML/CSS, etc) and be able to quickly learn new ones.

Gmail is looking for individuals who are a one-stop shop of coding abilities, design sense, and practical product judgment. Strong technical abilities and design experience are a must.

Must demonstrate strong technical abilities and experience, including software development skills across a range of technologies:

  • BA/BS in Computer Science or a related technical field (MS or Ph.D is a plus).
  • CSS, HTML, AJAX/JavaScript.
  • Perl, PHP/SQL, Java.

Must demonstrate design skills and experience, including:

  • Solid academic background in human-computer interaction or related work.
  • Demonstrated experience in designing usable web-based interfaces.
  • Strong, clean visual design sense.

Must demonstrate strong product management and independent project abilities:

  • Experience on significant independent software projects (e.g. an independent academic or research project, a web product that you personally developed, etc.)
  • Product management or product design experience.
  • Familiarity with business issues, or the ability to quickly learn.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational and analytical skills.

This position is in our Mountain View, California headquarters.

To apply, submit your resume and info (This is a Google link). Please include 3 web links to past work, independent projects, or other pages that tell us more about you.

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