Manager, Extended Reality (XR) Lab
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Daytona Beach, Florida

Job Description

About Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University:

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is an independent, culturally diverse institution providing quality education and research in aviation, aerospace, engineering, and other related fields with residential campuses located in Daytona Beach, Florida and Prescott, Arizona. The University's Worldwide campus provides educational opportunities online and at approximately 130 locations throughout the United States, Asia, Europe, and Central/South America.

As the largest and most comprehensive aviation and aerospace-focused university in the world, Embry-Riddle is a unique institution. Over the past 90 years, the University has evolved with industry to break new ground and produce top-level graduates who serve the ever-changing needs of aviation and aerospace and other STEM-related disciplines. Embry-Riddle offers programs in seven primary fields of study including: Applied Science; Aviation; Business; Computers and Technology; Engineering; Safety, Security, and Intelligence; and Space.

For Academic Year 2020-21, there were over 10,700 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students that attended the University's residential campuses and approximately 32,700 students in total enrolled with the University around the world.

The Opportunity:

Embry-Riddle is now hiring a Manager for the Extended Reality (XR) Lab in the College of Aviation at the Daytona Beach campus. This position is responsible for the development of immersive simulations and the design of interactive media, specializing in Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality.

Responsibilities include:

Simulation Development

  • Serve as the college's resident expert for Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), and Mixed Reality (MR) projects.
  • Create, maintain, and upgrade VR and AR simulations.
  • Participate in faculty meetings where learning and research are discussed to detect possible immersive simulation applications and to advocate potential VR and AR solutions.
  • Keep informed of technological developments and commercialization to advocate the purchase of new equipment and software for learning and research needs in the college.
  • Explore and then help develop VR and AR systems for faculty and students in disciplines such as meteorology, aircraft maintenance, spaceflight operations, air traffic management, pilot education and training, and UAS operations.
  • Collaborate with faculty who wish to develop immersive simulations for research and teaching.
  • Collaborate with graduate students pursuing thesis and dissertation research associated with VR and AR.
  • Retain and grow expertise in software programs associated with the development of immersive simulations.
  • Lead and direct projects within the constraints of schedule, budget and resources.
  • Manage competing priorities so that projects can meet deadlines.
  • Lead the effort across multidisciplinary teams to reach pedagogical or research objectives. Monitor and report on project progress.

Project and Laboratory Management

  • Coordinate the operation and upgrades to the XR Lab.
  • Oversee the work of a full-time developer.
  • Coordinate the work of a full-time develop and a team of student who help develop applications and assist with lab operations.
  • Make the lab available to users (tour groups, guests, researchers, team members, students).
  • Keep a current schedule of lab availability visible to hallway traffic.
  • Schedule the use of equipment in the lab in response to requests by faculty and students.
  • Start the simulations prior to lab periods so that they are available to users.
  • Provide tours of the lab, when requested, such as during visits by parents, alumni, and industry guests.
  • Ensure the lab equipment and environment are clean and the technology is in good working order.
  • Work closely with other technology experts in the college and with the Information Technology Department to troubleshoot equipment and assess new equipment and software for purchase.
  • Keep informed of technological developments and commercialization to advocate the purchase of new equipment and software for the lab.


  • Liaise with similar efforts throughout the university and in other parts of academia, government, and industry.
  • Organize workshops, demonstrations, and promotional material that demonstrate the college VR/AR capabilities.
  • Attend a few technology conferences every year to present the work underway in the college's VR Lab and to learn the latest advancements in the field.


Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree.
    • Five to seven years of related work experience will be considered in lieu of a Bachelor's degree.
  • Analytical skills with an in-depth knowledge of information systems and technical expertise with Microsoft operating systems, Access, Excel, PowerPoint, Word, Outlook/email, and Internet end-user applications.
  • Video game (or equivalent) development skills and proficiency using C# and Unity.
  • Ability to develop virtual reality and augmented reality interactive applications and/or simulations using Unity, to include hands-on prototyping experience with Unity, and knowledge of how virtual reality can be applied in a variety of circumstances to aid learning and research in aviation and aerospace.
  • Must be able to multi-task in a fast-paced work environment.
  • Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Application Instructions:

To be considered, please include a resume, cover letter, and contact information for 3 professional references.

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