Staff Technical Artist, Animation / Rigging

Employment Type

: Full-Time


: Miscellaneous

We're Cruise, a self-driving service designed for the cities we love. We're building the world's most advanced, self-driving vehicles to safely connect people to the places, things, and experiences they care about. We believe self-driving vehicles will help save lives, reshape cities, give back time in transit, and restore freedom of movement for many. Cruisers have the opportunity to grow and develop while learning from leaders at the forefront of their fields. With a culture of internal mobility, there's an opportunity to thrive in a variety of disciplines. This is a place for dreamers and doers to succeed. If you are looking to play a part in making a positive impact in the world by advancing the revolutionary work of self-driving cars, join us. What you'll be doing: * Collaborate with the art and engineering teams to build- out and maintain a comprehensive motion system for characters, vehicles, and environment props in our Unreal- based simulation * Create high- quality cinematic and gameplay animation content and establish production standards * Design rigs and setups, skin a variety of assets, and maintain motion and deformation systems * Develop rigging and animation pipeline tools to refine production processes, including: batching, automation, integration of keyframe, mocap, procedural, and run-time dynamic animation, and streamlining asset setup and integration process in Unreal * Provide creative and technical feedback to external teams to deliver efficient, quality, real- time ready rigs and animation content What you must have: * 5+ years experience as a Character TA in 3D game development and have shipped at least one AAA game * Excellent knowledge of real-time animation systems and game engine tech limitations, with extensive experience implementing character skeleton animation in Unreal Engine 4 * Expert in setting up and maintaining character pipelines including: animation state machines, efficient re-use of animation assets (bone groups, facial rigs), re-targeting, and designing character systems to support a wide variety of accessories and clothing * Experience setting up animation for environmental elements (trees, flags, cloth etc..) * Experience rigging characters and creatures in Maya- both biped and quadruped * Proficiency in Python and Mel, with the ability to write tools to streamline the rigging and animation processes * Wide range of animation knowledge- from key frame animation to motion capture systems * A portfolio consisting of technical animation work that you've developed yourself from concept to finish - ideally including rigs, animation tools, scripts, and/or any pipeline work that you can share. Bonus points! * Excellent problem-solving skills and the ability to work with minimal supervision * 3D modeling and texturing skills a strong plus * Hands-on experience working in a Linux development environment and familiarity with Git for version control. * Prior experience working with continuous integration systems. * Knowledge of C++ (be able to read and understand engine source code) Why Cruise? * Our benefits are here to support the whole you: * Competitive salary and benefits * 401(k) Cruise matching program * Medical / dental / vision, AD+D and Life * One Medical membership * Flexible vacation and company paid holidays * Healthy meals and snacks provided for non-remote employees * Paid parental leave * Fertility Benefits * Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account, subsidized by Cruise * Flexible Spending Account * Monthly wellness stipend * Pre-tax Commuter Benefit Plan for non-remote employees * We're Integrated * Through our partnerships with General Motors and Honda, we are the only self-driving company with fully integrated manufacturing at scale. * We're Funded * GM, Honda, Microsoft, SoftBank, & T. Rowe Price, have invested billions in Cruise. Their backing for our technology demonstrates their confidence in our progress, team, and vision and makes us one of the leading autonomous vehicle organizations in the industry. Our deep resources greatly accelerate our operating speed. * We're Independent * We have our own governance, board of directors, equity, and investors. Our independence allows us to not just work on the edge of technology, but also define it. * We're Vested * You won't just own your work here, you'll have the potential to own equity in Cruise, too. We are competing in a market that is projected to grow exponentially, which gives our company valuation room to grow. Cruise LLC is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create a supportive and inclusive workplace where contributions are valued and celebrated, and our employees thrive by being themselves and are inspired to do the best work of their lives. We seek applicants of all backgrounds and identities, across race, color, ethnicity, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy or parental status, or disability. Applicants will not be discriminated against based on these or other protected categories or social identities. Cruise will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records, in accordance with applicable laws. Cruise is committed to the full inclusion of all applicants. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process please let our recruiting team know or email We proactively work to design hiring processes that promote equity and inclusion while mitigating bias. To help us track the effectiveness and inclusivity of our recruiting efforts, please consider answering the following demographic questions. Answering these questions is entirely voluntary. Your answers to these questions will not be shared with the hiring decision makers and will not impact the hiring decision in any way. Instead, Cruise will use this information not only to comply with any government reporting obligations but also to track our progress toward meeting our diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging objectives. Note to Recruitment Agencies: Cruise does not accept unsolicited agency resumes. Furthermore, Cruise does not pay placement fees for candidates submitted by any agency other than its approved partners.

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