We’re Cruise, the self-driving ride-hailing service.

We are building the world’s most advanced, all-electric, self-driving cars to safely connect people to the places, things, and experiences they care about. We believe self-driving cars will help save lives, reimagine cities, redefine time in transit, and restore freedom of movement for many.

At Cruise, our engineers have opportunities to grow and develop while learning from leaders at the cutting-edge of their fields. With a culture of internal mobility, there's opportunity to thrive in a variety of disciplines. This is a place for dreamers and doers to succeed.

If you are looking to solve one of today’s most complex engineering challenges, see the results of your work in hundreds of self-driving cars, and make a positive impact in the world starting in our cities, join us.

About the role:

Cruise is looking for a Senior 3D Technical Artist to join our Simulation team. In this position, you will be using both technical and artistic skills to create a 3D virtual world with realistic behavior for cars, pedestrians, and motorcyclists. If you're interested in leveraging your experience with real time game or graphics engines to work on ground breaking technology, let's chat!

Day-to-day responsibilities include:

  • Work with artists and engineers to advance the state of the art in real time rendered simulations.
  • Participate in, standardize, and improve development processes for production of assets, materials, shaders, lighting rigs, LODs, asset streaming, collisions, and interactions.
  • Assist artists and engineers via tool development, concept testing of new ideas, and building of rapid prototypes.
  • Develop and implement technical and artistic techniques for lighting, materials, visual effects, post-processing, and similar tasks.
  • Actively participate in rendering optimizations.
  • Identify and troubleshoot content bugs.

You should apply for this role if you have the following qualifications:

  • 5+ years experience as a technical artist (or equivalent capacity) in 3D games, simulators, or other high-performance real time systems.
  • Proven experience creating Python scripts to streamline content creation and level authoring processes.
  • Strong art skills with a deep understanding of modeling, texturing, animation, and lighting.
  • Real-time engine experience with scripting, workflows, asset assemblies and asset management. 
  • Proficient with profiling tools to diagnose in-game performance issues and identify how to optimize scenes to run at target frame-rates.
  • In-depth knowledge of real-time rendering including physically-based rendering (PBR) pipelines, shader authoring in HLSL (or similar shader language) or shader graphs as well as shader performance profiling and optimization.

Bonus Points:

  • Unreal Engine 4 experience with blueprints and material editor is highly desirable.
  • Production experience managing PBR material and lighting pipelines including: setting standards for material and texture libraries, calibrating material and lighting properties, working with IES light profiles, capturing reference materials as well as photogrammetry.
  • Familiarity with C++ or C#.
  • Experience with real-time VFX, Houdini, and procedural asset creation.
  • A portfolio or reel, including a detailed breakdown of your work in each section.

Perks of being a Cruiser:

While doing meaningful work is rewarding in itself, we also offer the following programs and benefits to support the extraordinary humans who serve as the backbone in making our self-driving cars go:

  • Competitive salary and benefits including 401(k) Cruise matching program to help you meet your long-term financial goals
  • Medical / dental / vision, AD+D and Life
  • Flexible vacation and company paid holidays
  • Healthy lunch, snacks, dinner
  • Paid parental leave & family expansion stipend
  • Monthly gym stipend
  • Quarterly offsites & working retreats
  • On-site massages
  • State-of-the-art equipment for your work station

Learn more about Life at Cruise through the lens of a Cruiser on our LinkedIn Page.

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