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BBP - Section Manager for Scientific Visualization

EPFL - Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

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BBP - Section Manager for Scientific Visualization

BBP - Section Manager for Scientific Visualization

The EPFL Blue Brain Project (BBP), a Swiss national brain initiative situated on the Campus Biotech in Geneva, Switzerland, applies advanced neuroinformatics, data analytics, high-performance computing infrastructure and simulation-based approaches to the challenge of understanding the structure and function of the mammalian brain in health and disease.


To strengthen its Computing team we are looking for a

Section Manager for Scientific Visualization

The Scientific Visualization section is responsible for ensuring world-class scientific visualization capabilities and visualization support for BBP’s scientific mission through interactive and immersive technologies. By embracing a service-oriented architecture the visualization capabilities are effectively delivered to the scientists and integrated with the overall computing ecosystem of the project. The Section Manager for Scientific Visualization brings leadership and technical expertise to take on the next challenges of this exciting project.


Specific responsibilities include:

  • Manage the Scientific Visualization team comprised of around 10 visualization experts
  • Organize team and technologies to optimally support scientific use cases and provide long-term roadmap for cutting edge visualization
  • Oversee integration of visualization technology (visualization software services and high fidelity visualization systems) into larger ecosystem of scientific computing workflows in distributed and web-enabled environments
  • Represent the visualization efforts in technical and scientific contexts     


Essential skills and experience required:

  • Understanding of full software/hardware stack required by scientific visualization: CPU and GPU architectures, rendering techniques (rasterization, volume rendering, ray-tracing), immersive solutions (VR, AR, MR)
  • Experience managing a team of experts in the field of large scale visualization, scientific computing and distributed solutions
  • Excellent communication skills and user oriented attitude in order to make scientific visualization an integral part of the overall project’s success
  • Track record of understanding user requirements and mapping to respective technologies in conjunction with a team of experts



  • Publication record in scientific visualization



  • Master in computer science or similar
  • Good team player and fluent English in speech and writing
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, written and oral
  • Proven ability to work both independently and in team-based environments
  • 3 to 5 years of experience in management of technical and support teams
  • Integrity, fair, respectful


What we offer:

  • A prestigious project of global prominence in simulation-based neuroscience research.
  • A young, dynamic, interdisciplinary, and international team
  • A modern working environment based at the Biotech Campus in Geneva Secheron

Start date: As soon as possible; Deadline for application: until the position is filled

Activity rate: 100 %; Duration of contract: 1 year (CDD) Ref: VIZ001


Applicants should submit a cover letter and a detailed CV in PDF format only, with file name “Surname_position _Cover Letter” and “Surname_positon _CV” electronically to jobs.bbp@epfl.ch. Please use the position title in the “subject” field


BBP - 07.07.2017