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Visiting Multimedia Specialist, Animator (Fellowship) in Greenbelt, MD at Universities Space Research Association

Date Posted: 4/7/2019

Job Snapshot

Job Description

We have two open positions for a Visiting Multimedia Specialist, Animator (Fellowship).  This is a yearlong program for animators wishing to explore the intersection of animation, motion graphics and science.  You will work with an outstanding team of animators, data visualizers, video producers, and science writers. You will create content for NASA’s most exciting science missions: mind bending results from the Hubble Space Telescope, the inner workings of a hurricane, racing rivers of plasma beneath the surface of the Sun, an audacious new concept to sample the atmosphere of Venus, and extra solar planets with clouds made of rubies. Your animation products will be used in a wide range of audiences: news media, museums, science centers, educators, and NASA’s popular social media streams.


Essential Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Fellow is expected to make substantive contributions by using software such as Adobe Creative Suite, After Effects, and Maya and Cinema4D to create animation and motion graphics content.
  • Assist senior animators by creating motion graphics, models, setting up scenes/lighting, rendering, compositing, and archiving
  • Develop your own projects from start to finish: attending meetings with scientists, storyboarding, and motion graphics and creating final renders.
  • Other job related duties as assigned

Required Qualifications:



  • Bachelor’s degree in animation, or fine arts related field or currently enrolled in a degree program.


  • Experience in techniques for the production of motion graphics and 2D computer animation including storyboarding, modeling, texture mapping, compositing, and rendering.
  • Experience with science or technology themes desired Experience in techniques for the production of motion graphics and 2D computer animation
  • Proficiency with Adobe Creative Suite, particularly After Effects, Photoshop
  • Experience with Maya a plus
  • Strong sense of composition, motion, light and color
  • Skill in translating and visualizing complex concepts and ideas
  • Experience with science or technology themes a plus


 Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:  

  • Knowledge of animation techniques including creating motion graphics, rendering, and post production
  • Knowledge of general video production techniques
  • Able to work collaboratively
  • Ability to give and take feedback
  • Knowledge of timing, continuity, compositing


  • Candidates with an interest in science, space, and science communication will find this fellowship particularly rewarding.



  • Fellows will work with computers, animation and rendering software.

Working Conditions:

  • Work will be performed in an office or computer lab environment.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit; talk or hear.  Keyboarding for large time spans each day may be a significant part of this position.


  • Negligible


Application instructions:

  • To be considered you must include links to a demo reel or samples of work. We are especially interested in any motion graphics work you have related to science and technology subjects. You can see samples from our team:
  • Personal statement outlining your educational and professional development objectives. Describe your educational and professional experiences motivating your decision to pursue science animation.
  • Resume with relevant work experience and educational highlights.
  • Your resume, personal statement, and links to your reel must be combined into a single PDF.


  • Application deadline is February 28, 2019

Applicants should apply to the posting at .  Review of candidates will begin immediately.  Additional information on USRA can be found at

 USRA is an Equal Opportunity Employer: Minorities / Females / Protected Veterans / Disabled / Sexual Orientation / Gender Identity.