AVAILABLE POSITIONS Senior Technical Animator / Engineer – Star Wars

Zynga is proud to announce the opening of a brand-new game development studio in Austin, TX. The studio will partner with NaturalMotion, a Zynga-subsidiary, to develop a premiere mobile action game set in the Star Wars™ universe.  The new Austin studio will collaborate closely with BossAlien, a division of NaturalMotion, and an award-winning games developer based out of Brighton, England.

Position Overview: 

We are looking for Senior Technical Animator / Engineer  to join us at Zynga Austin in creating Star Wars: Hunters, a competitive arena combat game for the Nintendo Switch system and mobile devices. Star Wars: Hunters, will bring players together to engage in thrilling, team-based, multiplayer battles featuring a diverse array of distinctive new Star Wars characters.

Requirements for the job:

  • The primary role of this position is to work with animators, riggers, and engineers to implement character animations in Unreal
  • To be responsible for the overall look and feel of a character's in-game animations and how they gel together.
  • R&D character animation features, with a keen eye on performance and maintainability.
  • Diagnosing animation issues / bugs and providing solutions and or recommendations to engineers. 
  • Curate character animation assets within Unreal project
  • Experience in other scripting and programming languages
  • Participate in reviews; respond to critical feedback in a professional manner and give feedback to your peers.

Skills and Experience required:

  • Knowledge of the Unreal engine.
  • Experience building and maintaining complex animation blueprints in Unreal
  • An understanding of procedural animation systems like IK, rigid bodies.
  • Good understanding of character skinning and physics simulation setup i.e Ragdolls.
  • Self-organized and willing to participate in team meetings.
  • Genuine passion for games and animation as well as strong self-management skills.

Skills and Experience that are a bonus:

  • Maya rigging
  • Working knowledge of gameplay ability system in Unreal
  • Ability to animate
  • Previous shipped AAA title.
  • Knowledge of C++
  • A passion for creating games
  • An affinity for the Star Wars brand

 

What we offer you:

  • Competitive salary, bonus plan, Take-Two RSU’s (Restricted Stock Units), ESPP (Employee Stock Purchase Plan)
  • 401K Company Match Contribution
  • Medical, dental, vision, EAP, life insurance, and disability benefits
  • Virtual mental health and neurodiversity support programs
  • Family planning support program
  • Generous paid maternity/parental leave
  • Subsidized Back-up child care
  • Discretionary Time Off policy for many employees
  • Flexible working hours on many teams
  • Culture of diversity and inclusion including employee resource groups
  • Work with cool people and impact millions of daily players

Hiring Update: The safety of our candidates and team members is our top priority. During the COVID-19 pandemic, our workforce transitioned to working from home, with all interviewing and onboarding being conducted virtually until further notice.

We are an equal opportunity employer and we are committed to building a diverse and talented workforce. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, religion, colour, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, medical condition, disability, or any other class or characteristic protected by applicable law. We welcome job-seekers, players, employees, and partners from all backgrounds to join us!

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Careers Category: Art & Animation

Careers location: Austin, TX

Requisition ID: P209118

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Zynga does not engage in financial exchanges during the recruitment or onboarding process. We do not conduct job interviews over third-party messaging apps such as Telegram, WhatsApp or others. We will never ask you for your personal or financial information over unofficial chat channels. Our in-house recruitment team only contacts individuals via official company email addresses (i.e., via a zynga.com or naturalmotion.com email domain).

If you believe you have been the victim of a scam, you may wish to contact the authorities. In the United States, you may file a complaint with the FBI. More information is available here: https://www.ic3.gov