Computational Designer

Portland, Oregon or Remote (United States)

We are looking for a passionate computational designer to join our team in developing complex sustainable design solutions using advanced digital manufacturing and computational design processes.

The Team

Mode Lab is a creative lab solving the complex problems of our time using very powerful computational tools. We bring together purpose-driven designers to focus their talents and energy on overcoming the twin challenges of social and climate catastrophes resulting from our industrial age.

Mode Lab was founded in Brooklyn, New York in 2007. Today our studio is located in the Pacific Northwest, the epicenter of new product creation in the United States. We've empowered more than 50 clients worldwide, 80% of which are Fortune 500, across five industries, to transform the products they create and the positive impact their brand can make. Our team comprises sustainable design thinkers who fuse human-centered thinking and computational techniques to challenge the status quo. We take a synthesis approach to design, implementing computational tools and humanistic design strategies to develop sustainable solutions holistically.  Environmental, social, and economic impacts are integral to the products and services we create, from ideation through to the end of use. We work with the leading consumer product, automotive, and manufacturing brands to make sustainability compelling, impactful, and real. Our mission is to be the essential partner for ambitious and compassionate brands everywhere. Our vision is to redesign the world as a sustainable balance between human well-being and planetary performance.

Mode Lab offers a competitive benefits package to all employees, including health care, 401K matching, generous paid time off, and support for continuing education and personal research.

The Impact You'll Have

The purpose of this role is to create innovative sustainability solutions, using advanced computational tools and processes, that challenge the status quo.

  • Work directly with our team of designers to build advanced solutions for innovative design and manufacturing applications
  • Research, design, and build digital tools in visual and/or textual languages
  • Design, develop, and deliver computational design software training content
  • Deliver client projects alongside Fortune 500 brands

Who We're Looking For


  • A purpose-driven design lover who puts people and the planet first
  • Background in Product Design, Automotive/Transportation Design, or Architecture
  • Rigorous systems thinker inspired by both the art and science of computing=
  • Strong communication, presentation, interpersonal, and analytical skills

Technical Experience

  • Ability to research, synthesize, design, and implement algorithms for an existing platform using one or more languages
  • Proficiency in a variety of CAD/DCC software and programming languages such as Adobe Illustrator, Blender, Houdini, Rhino/Grasshopper, Substance, Python, and C#, preferably in a production environment
  • Practical knowledge of technical considerations required when designing for advanced sustainability solutions
  • Practical knowledge of agile development practices is a plus
  • Experience delivering 3D software training is a plus

At Mode Lab, we believe that we can only succeed as a team with the inclusivity of diverse voices, points of view, and experiences. We are committed to an equitable workplace and believe deeply in diversity of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, national origin, and all the other characteristics that make us different. We strongly encourage applications from people of all backgrounds and communities.

If you require additional accommodations during the interview process, please let us know.

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