Manager of Visualization and Technology Development

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Job ID: 10881

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.

Help bring the adventures of space exploration down to the ground and into the hands of the public, educators, students and mission planners using visualization technology! When the Curiosity rover landed on Mars, our team put that experience in the hands of 800,000 people riding along in real-time using ‘Eyes on the Solar System’.  NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory is working on a new graphics platform for visualization of its spacecraft, the solar system and the universe beyond and 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.


Unique opportunity as Manager of JPL's  Visualization Technology Applications and Development Group (VTAD) to lead a team of creative digital visualization content creators responsible for educational, scientific and public outreach visualizations through the application of real-time, 3D- interactive graphics programming.  This position will report to the Section Manager for Public Engagement.   The public has a genuine stake in the work of NASA. Investing the time to genuinely engage with the public with visualizations & mobile apps that share our data is a critical way to promote interest and foster participation in NASA’s endeavors, and keep JPL at the forefront of visualization excellence.

Key responsibilities include:

As Manager for the Visualization Group you will use your extensive experience to understand the needs of the customer, working with the Earth, Solar System, ExoPlanet and Mars themes and senior management to develop requirements & lead the VTAD team to prototype applications, new ways of sharing NASA data, iterate with customers and then deliver quality applications.  As such, you will be accountable for the Visualization Technology Applications and Development results on multifunctional and/or multidisciplinary projects and assignments, including performance standards, budget and schedule.

You will work with key stakeholders to strategize, conceive, and establish Laboratory approaches to data visualization; explore emerging technologies in such areas as dynamic/ interactive content presentation, 3-D imaging, data-mining, etc. for application to Laboratory digital and web publishing effort; ensure that the results of Visualization Technology Applications and Development group contribute to the Laboratory’s goals and NASA communications strategy.

Be responsible for hiring and retaining a diverse, highly qualified staff, and for providing career coaching, growth and personal development for the VTAD group.  In addition to maintaining a safe working environment and a strong customer focus, work to support innovation and collaboration.  Will be responsible for continuous process improvement, setting goals and ensuring that they are achieved.  Will ensure employee awareness and compliance with Laboratory policies, procedures, and practices, and regulatory requirements. 


  • Typically requires a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering or related discipline with a minimum of 9 years related experience; or Master's with 7 years of related experience; or PhD with 5 years of related. Also requires a minimum of 2 years leadership experience.
  • Applies wide-ranging experience and advanced knowledge in the following fields: 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.
  • Ability to hire and retain a diverse, high-performing team staff and provide career coaching, growth and personal development for direct reports.
  • Proven ability to communicate effectively with individuals and teams across a large organization including internal and external customers.
  • Demonstrated leadership and effective team-building skills in a dynamic work environment.



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