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HBS Studios

Technical Art Engineer

Engineering · Kirkland, Washington
Department Engineering
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Mid-level

Harebrained Schemes is looking for an engineer to join our CoreTech team to develop tools and processes to improve the productivity of artists and animators across the studio.  This could include Unity editor extensions, shader library creation, animation tools, new tech R&D, or just discussions with co-workers to make sure we’re all going in the right direction.

There is a broad category of skills that could be applicable to this position.  If you feel you have most or even some of them, please don’t hesitate to apply.

HBS is a highly collaborative and inclusive game-development studio, and we look forward to hearing from you!

This is an on-site, full-time individual contributor role. 

What You’ll Do

  • Collaborate with individual game project teams to support artists and their needs on a technical level.

  • Discuss daily tasking with CoreTech team and help plan long-term strategy.

  • Research and development into upcoming rendering techniques / Unity features / any useful art-related tech.

  • Implement specific tools in the appropriate language.

What You’ll Bring

  • Why contribute to 1 game when you can contribute to all the games?  You’ll work on our CoreTech team to help make artists’ and animators’ jobs easier throughout the studio by developing graphics-related processes and tools to make everyone happier!

  • Experience from a variety of projects - big or small, indie or AAA, PC or console or mobile, licensed or new IP, etc.

  • HLSL / GLSL shader programming

  • C#

  • Shader / render pipeline knowledge

  • Maya / Blender / 3DSMax / any 3D asset creation software experience

  • Experience with rigging and animation processes (not necessarily as an animator / rigger, but comfortable making tools around those processes.)

Nice to Haves

  • Unity experience, including editor extensions

  • Tools development experience

  • Python

  • Performance metrics / profiling

  • Houdini

  • Modern animation techniques, including ML-based and IK


What to Expect at HBS

All HBS employees
Contribute respectfully with empathy, emotional intelligence and self-awareness
Can work collaboratively in a team as well as independently
Are able to be self-directed in their work and learning
Bring a growth mindset to the work they do

Working at HBS Means
Work-life balance: a work family that doesn’t replace your family-family
Flexible workday hours and work-from-home opportunities
Time off when you need it: a wellness-first and family-first mindset
High transparency and easy access to studio leadership

HBS Benefits
Generous medical, dental, vision, EAP, FSA, and both short & long-term disability
Paid vacation time
Paid sick time
Paid holidays including the week between Christmas and New Years Day
Matching 401(k) program 
Annual profit-sharing from Paradox Interactive
Easy access off I-405 and free parking
Skilled, passionate, and fun co-workers
Pet-friendly office

You should apply to work at HBS if you want to
Make amazing game experiences with co-workers who are just as passionate about their craft as you are
Be part of a small team (5-8 members) where everyone has a significant impact
Join a warm, inclusive and diverse team, with a respectful and collaborative culture
Evolve and learn with us in a growth-mindset environment 


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    Kirkland, Washington
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