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Technical Artist

Job description

Technical Artist | VR Gaming | Remote Options | $80,000 - $100,000 + Bonus
  
The Company:
My client is a Vancouver-based Virtual and Augmented Reality Studio that develops new and unique ways for people to play games and interact with each other. They partner with IP holders, large publishers, and tech brands to create and deliver immersive, high-end game experiences across multiple platforms with a special focus on building new tools for cutting-edge emerging technology. They have well-known titles on PC, PSVR, Oculus, Quest and mobile. They are currently in the early stages of several new and highly innovative projects with prominent industry partners and are searching for the best and the brightest to help them transform the world of VR and AR game development.
  
The role:
This studio is looking for a Technical Artist to join their agile and fast-paced team. This strong communicator will work closely with Art and Engineering to develop assets, tools, and new standards and workflows – whatever it takes to push the visual quality of our games to new levels! The successful candidate will be a Technical Artist with a unique skillset. You may consider yourself to be a generalist, or you may have vast experience in one specific area of a pipeline. You enjoy the creative iterative problem-solving process required to bring original concepts and high-profile IPs to life. You thrive in teams and are open to taking on new challenges to assist in raising the quality bar. If you think you’ve got what it takes, we’d like to hear from you!
   
  
Responsibilities:
  • Reporting to the Lead Technical Artist and working closely with the Art and Engineering Teams, you will maintain the Art Production Pipeline.
  • Identify optimization challenges, apply your expertise to problem-solve, and share techniques to overcome them.
  • Create tools and scripts to improve the art team’s efficiency.
  • Develop visual features of the game, whether that’s writing shader code, pioneering new asset creation techniques, or creating technical prototypes and mock-ups.
  • Work with team leads across various disciplines to enhance gameplay, environments, VFX and cinematic elements.
  • Ensure that assets integrate with minimal friction into the game engine, without sacrificing visual quality.
  • Provide concise, constructive feedback and solutions when identifying recurring issues / needs, documenting recommendations to improve limitations or optimal use cases in pipeline and tools.
  • Troubleshoot gameplay and architecture issues that might impact content creation and integration, and develop workflows to compensate for such limitations.
  
Requirements:
  • 2 years of experience as a Technical Artist at a game, VFX, or feature animation studio.
  • Thorough understanding of the Unreal Engine development platform (including proficiency with blueprints) or equivalent. eg. Unity 3D Engine development.
  • Comfortable in a range of 3D software packages including modeling, texturing, rigging and IK setup, animation, scripting, and tool creation.
  • Intermediate programming experience with scripting languages (Python / MEL) and shading languages.
  • Experience with Unreal material / shader creation and optimization.
  • Experience scripting Tools.
  • Strong artistic background and content development skills. This can be modeling, texturing, lighting, or any other area where you have experience, but a strong artistic eye is a necessity.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • A self-starter attitude with excellent problem-solving skills.
  • A team-player attitude with the ability to collaborate effectively with various stakeholders in a fast-paced environment.
  
Nice to have:
  • Experience in C++ or related languages.
  • Experience working with VR and/or AR.
  • Experience with Substance Painter/Designer, Houdini, and/or ZBrush

Benefits & Perks
  • A competitive base salary.
  • Comprehensive extended health and wellness benefits.
  • Annual Health & Wellness allowance.
  • Generous annual vacation time and sick days.
  • Additional bonus holidays throughout the year.
  • Flexible work schedule and remote working.
  • Relocation assistance for candidates outside of Canada.
  • Fully equipped onsite gym.
  • An opportunity to work on a high-profile IP.
  • The chance to be part of an experienced, high-achieving and fun team.
  • An international and diverse atmosphere.
  • The opportunity to help pave the way for the future of VR/AR gaming.
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