3D Web Visualization Software Developer

Job Details

Job ID: 12425

New ideas are all around us, but only a few will change the world. That’s our focus at JPL. We ask the biggest questions, then search the universe for answers—literally. We build upon ideas that have guided generations, then share our discoveries to inspire generations to come. Your mission—your opportunity—is to seek out the answers that bring us one step closer. If you’re driven to discover, create, and inspire something that lasts a lifetime and beyond, you’re ready for JPL.

Located in Pasadena, California, JPL has a campus-like environment situated on 177 acres in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains and offers a work environment unlike any other: we inspire passion, foster innovation, build collaboration, and reward excellence.

Responsibilities

Join JPL's Visualization Technology group and work on designing a new graphics platform for visualization of our spacecraft, the solar system and the universe beyond. 

We need an experienced developer to help bring the adventures of exploration down to the ground and into the hands of the public, educators, students and mission planners. 

When the Curiosity rover landed on Mars, our team put that experience in the hands of 800,000 people riding along in realtime using ‘Eyes on the Solar System’.  Our new platform will extend that experience to let people ride the rover on the surface of Mars on desktop, mobile and especially web browsers. 

With the right team, this revolutionary project could help inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers and explorers as well as helping those operating spacecraft today have better situational awareness for their spacecraft and the science they collect.

 

As the 3D Web Visualization Software Developer you will be a key member of the Visualization Technology Applications and Development Group and report to the Group Supervisor.  You will be responsible for the creation of educational, scientific and public outreach visualizations through the application of real-time, 3D- interactive graphics programming.
Key responsibilities include:
Designing, developing, and/or modifying computer graphic applications for highly complex and/or specialized mission and data visualizations.

Utilizing extensive experience to understand the needs of the customer, translate needs into requirements, develop prototype applications, iterate with customers and then deliver quality applications.
Assisting in the development of group software architecture standards and policies that promote shared services and system interoperability.
Performing complex analysis and design of software applications and architecture including estimating, planning, scheduling, and coordination of agile projects.

Qualifications

Typically requires a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, or related discipline with a minimum of 6 years of related experience; Master's degree in similar disciplines with a minimum of 4 years of related experience; or PhD with 2 years of experience in similar disciplines.
•Advanced knowledge in the following areas:  JavaScript, WebGL/Three.js, HTML, CSS, Webpack/npm/yarn, Python, Unix shell scripting.
•Advanced knowledge and experience in one or more of the following areas: C/C++/C# programming and OpenGL for low-level software development on multiple operating systems.
•Experience building responsive websites and front-end frameworks such as React

•Proficient in client-side JavaScript debugging.
•Extensive understanding and knowledge of all phases of the software development lifecycle: requirements analysis, technical design, implementation, code review, testing and release.

 

Preferred qualifications:
•Experience in mobile application development.
•Experience in UI/UX design.

•Experience with the Unity game engine.

•Familiarity with Amazon Web Services and Google Analytics/statistics.

•Experience with 3D art pipelines and material composition.
•Experience with writing shaders/mathematics in GLSL.

•Experience with VR/AR.

•Experience with Blender, including scripting.

Work Authorization

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