Science Systems and Applications, Inc. - Science and Technology with Passion


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Scientific Data Visualization Fellowship (Remote)
Reference #:21-3296
Open Date:10/6/2021
US Citizenship Required:No
Job Description:

Science Systems and Applications, Inc. (SSAI) is seeking a Scientific Visualization Specialist to support the Scientific Visualization Studio (SVS) at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC). The person in this role will create cinematic scientific visualizations to support NASA science and missions.  Please submit a demo reel with application. 

This is a telecommuting position.

Primary Responsibilities:

Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Creating cinematic scientific visualizations (for examples see:
  • Working with scientists to translate their observations, results, and datasets into compelling visuals.
  • Collaborating with communication specialists to determine ways to communicate the latest NASA science.
  • Processing a variety of scientific datasets in a variety of formats to enable import into 3D animation and visualization software.
  • Participating in professional development opportunities to stay abreast of the latest trends in the scientific visualization field. 

Required Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's degree in a STEM field such as computer sciences, physical sciences, technology, engineering, math, or related field, and 5 years of relevant experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Strong programming ability.
  • Experience working with large scientific datasets and a variety of data formats (for example netCDF, HDF, fits, etc.).
  • Experience producing high-quality scientific visualizations.
  • Demonstrated ability to work well in a collaborative team environment.
  • Solid communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Some coursework in physical sciences (e.g., physics, chemistry, geology, astronomy, etc.)
  • Ability to meet NASA IT security requirements and to obtain a NASA badge to work onsite at GSFC.
  • A positive attitude, the ability to work well as part of a team, and the willingness to learn.
Desired Qualifications:
  • Experience with/using: 
    • Renderman 
    • 3D Modelling and animation software such as Houdini and Maya 
    • WebGL
    • D3
    • ArcGIS StoryMaps
    • Open Shading Language (OSL) 
  • Understanding of best practices in science communication
  • Background in Data Journalism
  • Background in Active Graphics
  • Python programming experience