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Senior Gameplay Animation Programmer

Epic Games

Epic Games

Software Engineering
Clark, NJ, USA
Posted on Thursday, May 9, 2024


At the core of Epic’s success are talented, passionate people. Epic prides itself on creating a collaborative, welcoming, and creative environment. Whether it’s building award-winning games or crafting engine technology that enables others to make visually stunning interactive experiences, we’re always innovating.

Being Epic means being a part of a team that continually strives to do right by our community and users. We’re constantly innovating to raise the bar of engine and game development.


What We Do

Unreal-powered projects have been on the bleeding edge of real-time entertainment for over 20 years. Our team of programming experts are always innovating to improve the tools and technology that empower content developers worldwide.

What You'll Do

We are looking for an experienced Gameplay Animation Programmer for our Engine Animation Programming Development team. You will be responsible for developing, enhancing and maintaining core gameplay animation systems of Unreal Engine 5, as well as optimizing them for multiple platforms. You will also work closely with other teams, artists, and product managers to turn cutting-edge R&D into production-ready features used in shipped titles.

In this role, you will

  • Develop novel runtime and gameplay focused animation tools and technology
  • Extend, enhance and support existing animation tools and technology
  • Work closely with other programmers, animators, technical animators, product designers, leads and external technology partners across multiple teams and time zones
  • Collaborate with leadership on a vision to push Animation Technology forward in Unreal Engine and first party and third party games and projects
  • Write technical documentation and designs

What we're looking for

  • 3+ years of professional game and/or animation system development experience
  • A passion for Locomotion Systems, 3Cs, gameplay animation look and feel
  • Comfortable with common runtime animation techniques: animation state machines, root motion, IK, pose warping, etc
  • Extensive experience in writing C++ applications
  • Excellent linear algebra skills and applications of linear algebra in software
  • Experience with multi-threaded programming and system tasks such as graphics, audio, I/O, networking, memory handling, debuggers, etc
  • Experience with application-level programming such as script compilers and user-facing tools
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills with both technical and non-technical people alike
  • Performance-minded development and optimization skills

Nice to have skills

  • Demonstrated interest in games
  • Previous experience with Unreal Engine
  • An eye for detail and appreciation for the craft of making games and animation
  • Fluent in state of the art animation systems, algorithms and techniques
  • Experience with gameplay systems, such as character movement, collision querying, and action sequencing

This role is open to multiple locations in North America (including CA & NYC).

Pay Transparency Information

The expected annual base pay range(s) for this position are detailed below. Each base pay range is relevant only for individuals who are residents of or will be expected to work within the specified locale. Compensation varies based on a variety of factors, which include (but aren’t limited to) things such as skills and competencies, qualifications, knowledge, and experience. In addition to base pay, most employees are eligible to participate in Epic’s generous benefit plans and discretionary incentive programs (subject to the terms of those plans or programs).

New York City Base Pay Range
$215,921$316,683 USD
California Base Pay Range
$215,921$316,683 USD


Epic Games spans across 19 countries with 55 studios and 4,500+ employees globally. For over 25 years, we’ve been making award-winning games and engine technology that empowers others to make visually stunning games and 3D content that bring environments to life like never before. Epic’s award-winning Unreal Engine technology not only provides game developers the ability to build high-fidelity, interactive experiences for PC, console, mobile, and VR, it is also a tool being embraced by content creators across a variety of industries such as media and entertainment, automotive, and architectural design. As we continue to build our Engine technology and develop remarkable games, we strive to build teams of world-class talent.

Like what you hear? Come be a part of something Epic!

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