University of Utah Scientific Animator in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 08/03/2018

Requisition Number PRN17984B

Job Title Sr. Graphic Designer

Working Title Scientific Animator

Job Grade E

FLSA Code Professional

Patient Sensitive Job Code? No

Standard Hours per Week $45,000 to $65,000

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

40 hours a week. Additional hours and flexibility as determined by supervisor.

VP Area U of U Health - Academics

Department 01502 - Department of Biochemistry

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range 39300 to 72700

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

The focus of the Animation Lab is to create scientifically accurate and visually stunning depictions of molecular and cellular processes. We work in close collaboration with diverse researchers to help them explore and communicate their ideas..


In this job, you will:

Work closely with a team of researchers and animator/illustrators to produce

animations and illustrations that depict molecular and cellular processes;

Create original storyboards, 2D/3D illustrations and animations;

Respond to cycles of feedback in a timely manner;

Communicate effectively with scientific collaborators;

Provide constructive feedback and mentorship to others in the team;

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s Degree in Graphic Design, Illustration, or a related area, or equivalency; five years of related experience and a portfolio at the time of the interview; demonstrated effective communication skills; the ability to work under pressure to meet deadlines; and a commitment to provide excellent customer service required.

Departmental Specific Technical Requirements

2+ years of experience with 3D animation using Autodesk Maya, especially using advanced techniques (particles, custom code, etc).

Extensive experience with Adobe Illustrator and Adobe After Effects (or equivalent compositing software)

Experience with Photoshop, and Adobe Premiere (or equivalent video editing software)

Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.


Completion of coursework in cell/molecular biology and biochemistry and/or experience working in a research lab;

Prior experience creating molecular scale visualizations and using scientific molecular visualization software (e.g. Chimera, Pymol);

Completion of coursework in illustration and design;

Demonstrated ability to create storyboards and animatics;

Demonstrated ability to learn new subjects, tools and techniques;

Experience with coding/scripting (e.g.MEL, Python);

Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively within a team as well as independently;

Able to accurately estimate the time to complete individual tasks;

Demonstrated interest in teaching/training others in animation/illustration;

Strong organizational skills

Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Applicants receiving multiple interviews will be asked to provide a demo reel or portfolio demonstrating 3D animation and 2D illustration techniques as applied to scientific/medical visualization.

Additional Information

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and is committed to diversity in its workforce. In compliance with applicable federal and state laws, University of Utah policy of equal employment opportunity prohibits discrimination on the basis of race or ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, veteran’s status, status as a qualified person with a disability, or genetic information. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law.

To inquire about this posting, email: or call 801-581-2300. Reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to qualified individuals with disabilities. To request an accommodation or for further information about University AA/EO policies, please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Cr., Rm 135, (801) 581-8365 (V/ TDD ), email: .

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). To be eligible for retirement contributions, you must be hired into a benefit-eligible position. Certain new hires are automatically assigned to the URS retirement plan and other employees with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in the URS within 30 days of hire. Regardless of whether they are hired into a benefit-eligible position or not, individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS must notify the Benefits Department upon hire. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801)366-7770 or (800)695-4877 or the University’s Benefits Department at (801)581-7447 for information.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.