AVAILABLE POSITIONS Technical Artist – Echtra Games

Echtra Games is looking for a Technical Artist to join our growing team on a new cross platform ARPG project. We are seeking a Tech Artist to help our Art and Engineering departments with pipelines and problem solving. Our ideal candidate is a great communicator, teammate, and proactive problem solver. You draw from a range of skills and experience to creatively determine solutions. You are a contributor of ideas, overseer of pipelines, and collaborator across discipline lines providing expertise and seeking out potential issues before they become problems.

We are a small game studio in San Francisco with a team of veteran game developers.  At Echtra, we value diversity and support work-life balance. We have great benefits, an open vacation policy, and flexible schedules.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Develop and maintain tools for the production pipeline of all types of art assets that are optimal for use in Unreal Engine 5.

  • Work closely with the Rendering Engineer to create optimal lighting and rendering solutions for both characters and environments. 

  • Help create materials/shaders to achieve unique styles and hit amazing visual quality.

  • Create, maintain, and communicate technical art guidelines and implementation techniques with other team members.

  • Help tackle any art related bugs, working closely with the character and environment team. 

You will need:

  • Experience shipping a game in a major engine such as Unreal.

  • Intermediate skills with 3D modeling, rigging, and UV texturing with professional 3D software such as Maya or ZBrush.

  • Experience writing tools for artists in Python, MEL, or a specific scripting language supported by an authoring package such as Maya, ZBrush, Substance Designer or Painter. 

  • Python, PyMel, Mel and familiarity with OS and file management. 

  • Understanding of optimizing 3D assets for memory and performance considerations including techniques for generating multiple LODs and texturing strategies for packing and creating atlases. 

  • Experience creating materials for Unreal and strong understanding of shaders and light and rendering models.

  • Experience working in Perforce or other source control software. 

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Pluses:

  • Familiarity with C++ or Python for use in creating tools or components in Unreal Engine Editor is a huge plus.

  • Have an understanding of Animation, Rigging, and VFX pipelines.

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!

We will consider all qualified job-seekers with criminal histories in a manner consistent with applicable law.

We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with physical or mental disabilities in order to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us at AccommodationRequest@zynga.com to request an accommodation associated with your application for an open position.

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Careers Category: Art & Animation

Careers location: Bay Area, CA, Remote, US

Connected Worker Type: Connected, Onsite, Offsite

Requisition ID: P211330

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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