Technical Artist, Pipeline/Animation

Posted: 26 days
Art and Animation
Full-Time
$98,200—$147,400 USD (vary based on geo location)
Remote US
Do you have experience in game development and a particular interest in art pipeline tools? Insomniac Games is looking for a Technical Artist to join its Core Technology department and focus on the development of its AAA game engine and tools suite with one of our technical art teams. A background in technical animation can be useful for this role. Candidates may be considered at higher seniority levels.

This job is primarily individual contribution, with support, peer mentoring, and planning responsibilities as appropriate. You'll be developing ownership over an area of Insomniac's art pipeline tools, creating forward-looking and cutting-edge features to support the needs of the production teams building games such as Marvel's Spider-Man and Ratchet & Clank. Others in this role have recently been involved in projects like advanced retargeting and IK/FK, a shared repository of motion capture data to reuse across games, Houdini-based tools for procedural destruction, and more.

The Core Technology department at Insomniac includes programmers and technical artists who are scheduled separately from game teams, offering an amount of independence and self-management to individuals on the team. They maintain close communication with the game production teams, ensuring that the engine team has a direct relationship with the people using their tools and tech to make our games.
 
Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following:
  • Design and develop improved content-creation pipelines, processes, and workflows
  • Provide documentation and mentor the game teams to fully take advantage of our tools and technology
  • Create sample content to prove out new workflows and demonstrate visual improvements
  • Provide support to content creators for tools and pipelines owned by the department
  • Respond to bug reports, feature requests, and questions related to our tools
  • Maintain current knowledge of technological developments in the game industry
  • Other duties may be assigned
 
Qualifications:
  • Strong verbal and written communication
  • Strong knowledge of Maya as it pertains to engine content creation:
    • Animation, modeling, fx, and rigging features
    • Extensibility via Python, PyMEL, PyQt/PySide, and the Maya API
  • Knowledge of the content-creation landscape and modern content-creation tools, like Houdini
  • Knowledge of the game engine landscape and modern engine feature sets
  • Experience with technical animation, programming, or a related field
  • Experience with C++ is a bonus
 
If you’re unsure whether you meet the qualifications for this role, please err on the side of applying!
 
At SIE, we consider several factors when setting each role’s base pay range, including the competitive benchmarking data for the market and geographic location.

Please note that the base pay range may vary in line with our hybrid working policy and individual base pay will be determined based on job-related factors which may include knowledge, skills, experience, and location.

In addition, this role may be eligible for bonus and SIE’s top-tier benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision, matching 401(k), paid time off, wellness program and coveted employee discounts for Sony products. Click here to learn more.
This is a flexible role that can be remote, with varying pay ranges based on geographic location. For example, if you are based out of Seattle, the estimated base pay range for this role is listed below.

$98,200—$147,400 USD

About Insomniac Games

What does it take to be an Insomniac? A true passion for game development, especially for the types of games we create. The ability to thrive in the rapid pace of an exciting studio. The imagination to deliver amazing player experiences. Sound like you? We can’t wait to hear from you!

Insomniac Games has studios in Burbank, CA and in Durham, NC with talented developers all over the country. Insomniac embraces a flexible work environment, and we will consider remote work arrangements for most openings across the US*. Positions that require in-studio only work are in the specific job posting.

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