We’re Hiring – UI Designer

Post Title:UI Designer
Post Status:from 6 -12 months
Apply:Send your CV and cover letter to tom.pollock@learnovatecentre.org
Salary Scale:Up to level 2 point 1 on the IUA SALARY SCALE
Closing Date:Noon, 16th February 2022


ALPACA is a dynamic, game-based, digital screening and monitoring tool designed to identify reading difficulties at a young age faster and more accurately than current paper-based assessments. ALPACA allows young children to self-administer a quick and accurate assessment of early literacy skills, thereby detecting children who are at risk of future reading difficulties as early as possible.  Early detection of such difficulties is crucial in allowing for the provision of early reading interventions.  Based on children’s results, recommendations are provided to teachers/parents on how best to support young beginning readers who are experiencing difficulties.

ALPACA is fully funded by Enterprise Ireland to commercialise an opportunity to allow educators to spend more instructional time working on solutions rather than identifying the problems when it comes to early educational interventions. ALPACA exists within a thriving Edtech sector, which has seen 38 Unicorns so far, with 17 joining in 2021 alone, 5 IPOs in the last 12 months and one acquisition in 2015. The remaining 32 have raised $27.4B at a collective $97B valuation.

What we’re looking for

We’re looking for a talented, driven user interface and graphic designer to join our growing team. You’ll have the opportunity to work with our dedicated and close-knit team to execute on our vision.

About the role

  • Work as part of a multidisciplinary team of edtech innovators, technologists and user experience experts to help realise the ALPACA vision
  • Work closely with the UX Lead to create engaging and intuitive user experiences for students and teachers through a number of design iterations.
  • Work with the development team to support the realisation of your designs in software
  • Create visual assets to bring the Alpaca assessment experience to life


The purpose of this position is to take the user experience design for Alpaca from concepts and wireframes to a finished user interface design for a product that will be market ready. You will work with a team of developers, the commercial lead and the principal investigator to produce a MVP of the Alpaca solution.

Minimum qualifications/experience

  • A primary degree in Design, Graphic Design or a related field
  • A minimum of 2 years experience in a UX/UI role.
  • Experience working closely with UX engineers or similar experts to bring UI concepts to the design and development stage

Preferred Skills

  • Proficiency with modern design tools such as Adobe Creative Cloud, Figma, Sketch, Zeplin or similar to produce software UIs
  • Experience producing or working with high fidelity clickable prototypes suitable for user testing, using InVision, XD  or similar.
  • Asset generation and working with front-end developers.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills using English language.

Good organisational skills and ability to engage in interdisciplinary team work.

What we offer

At ALPACA we want to build a bold, open, and empathetic environment, where everyone can thrive and get real joy out of doing their best work. We offer a salary and ownership options in the company, and we work hard for everyone in our team to grow alongside the company!

  • Team – Passionate hard-working and dedicated colleagues
  • Technology – Some cool tech to allow you to do your best work
  • Self development – A fast-paced working environment in constant change and new challenges gives you excellent opportunities for personal and professional development. Talented and highly experienced colleagues who love to solve problems together. Strong networking opportunities within the Learnovate and Trinity College ecosystem.
  • Mentoring & Support – from the technology leads within Learnovate. The opportunity to grow as a key member of this ambitious startup with the support of Enterprise Ireland
  • Hybrid Working Model – You will need to be able to sit on-site at Learnovate now and then (or as much as you want), while also having the opportunity to work remotely
  • Competitive compensation  – salary and potential stock options over time (details to be agreed)

Application Process – please email the information listed below before noon on 16 February to tom.pollock@learnovatecentre.org

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume: Detailed curriculum vitae, including education, previous experience and previous project work. Please address all skills that you have that match the required experience list above.
  • Examples of previous work: links, graphics, etc.

CLOSING DATE: noon , Wednesday February 16th.