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Jet Propulsion Laboratory Web Designer and Front-End Developer in Pasadena, California

Web Designer and Front-End Developer

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Job ID:12438

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.


NASA-JPL’s DesignLab, a diverse and inclusive team of graphic design and web development experts who “Dare Mighty Things,” invite a strong Web Designer and Front-End Developer to wear many hats day-to-day and easily adapt to support our customer base – from designing and coding to project management, to help us define the future of the web at JPL and NASA. In addition, creating estimates, requirements gathering and user experience definition, writing and more, are part of our design and development process. Our products are design and experience driven, so your impact and contributions will be meaningful immediately.

Demonstrating great taste and staying on top of industry trends and developments, you will help design and develop a variety of vibrant internal and public outreach and education websites that meet the needs of our internal customer base. You’ll have an understanding of what it means to work with a large internal clientele, and how a thoughtful research-based design approach can help tell their stories, communicate their research, or display their data.

What You Will Do

  • Work with the team to develop low-fidelity mockups, prototypes, and wireframes to iterate towards the best design solution.

  • Create compelling user experience designs using Figma or Adobe XD.

  • Develop your designs into code (HTML, CSS, and JavaScript) in collaboration with JPL developers.

  • Manage the development and release cycles of various Design Systems for NASA / JPL in Storybook, Adobe XD, Figma or equivalent.

  • Be familiar with: frontend javascript frameworks (i.e. Vue/Nuxt, React or similar), Storybook.js, working with content management systems (Wagtail).


  • Typically requires a Bachelor’s degree in Design, Human-Computer Interaction, Psychology or Computer Science with a minimum of 6 years of relevant experience, or a Master's degree with a minimum of 4 years experience. Education may be substituted with significant proven industry experience.

  • A portfolio of design projects showing a strong concept driven and systems thinking work.

  • General knowledge of frontend development technologies including HTML, CSS and Javascript and Visual communication skills.

  • Excellent organizational, communication, interpersonal and collaboration skills.

  • Knowledge of building a visual language and developing and maintaining a design system.

  • Familiarity with basic animation principles for crafting interactive and motion language prototypes.

  • Ability to meet with customers to capture requirements and collaborate with the development team to prioritize and define the development roadmap.

  • Extensive experience with storyboarding, wireframing, mockup and prototyping skills to build responsive website wireframes.

  • Understanding of Agile Scrum practices and philosophies.

  • Understanding of enterprise design standard methodologies.

  • Strong grasp of research methods and data analysis, both quantitative and qualitative.

  • Experience with UX research methods for enterprise tools (A/B testing designs).

Preferred Skills:

  • JPL is excited to explore the following technologies: Data Visualization, js, Storybook.js, React.

  • Print design, project management or coding/development skills a plus.

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