Senior Animation Engineer

Job Locations US-TX-Austin
Job ID
Regular Full-Time


Arkane Austin is looking for a Senior Animation Engineer to join our team in developing AAA games for PC and console systems.  Our emergent gameplay style and immersive simulation values lead to interesting challenges. As an animation engineer you will help drive animation quality and fidelity while solving these challenges and delivering best-in-class player experiences

The preferred location for this role is Austin, TX. Will consider remote.


  • Work with technical artists, animators and other engineers to develop animation systems, features and tools
  • Design, develop and maintain animation blend graphs, custom animation nodes and components in collaboration with the animation team
  • Make changes to the skeletal animation system when necessary to support game requirements
  • Integrate new technologies into the engine and pipeline
  • Identify and implement platform-specific optimizations
  • Work on other game systems and features as required


  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, or equivalent experience
  • At least five years of game industry experience
  • Substantial work with animation systems on at least one shipped AAA game title
  • Experience developing and working with animation blend graphs, real-time IK, and animation compression
  • Experience with engine animation systems
  • Experience with real-time concurrent systems is a plus
  • Excellent C++ language and design skills
  • Excellent 3D math skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills

Salary Range

Sr. Animation Engineer - The typical base pay range for this position at the start of employment is expected to be between $100,000 - $215,000 per year.


ZeniMax has different base pay ranges for different work locations within the United States, which allows us to pay employees competitively and consistently in different geographic markets. The range above reflects the potential base pay across the U.S. for this role; the applicable base pay range will depend on what ultimately is determined to be the candidate’s primary work location. Individual base pay depends on various factors, in addition to primary work location, such as complexity and responsibility of role, job duties/requirements, and relevant experience and skills. Base pay ranges are reviewed and typically updated each year. Offers are made within the base pay range applicable at the time.


At ZeniMax certain roles are eligible for additional rewards, such as merit increases and discretionary bonuses. These awards are allocated based on individual performance and are not guaranteed. Benefits/perks listed here may vary depending on the nature of employment with ZeniMax and the country work location. U.S.-based employees have access to healthcare benefits, a 401(k) plan and company match, short-term and long-term disability coverage, basic life insurance, wellbeing benefits, paid vacation time, paid sick and mental health time, and several paid holidays, among others.

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