Animation Technical Artist

Cupertino, CA
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posted by:
Jennie Brandon

Job Description:

For this assignment, the consumer software team at Aquent's client is looking for an enthusiastic artist/programmer to help them design, implement, and optimize real-time procedural effects for an upcoming software release. It's a great opportunity to work with top designers and see your artwork used by millions of people on different devices.

Key Qualifications:

  • Ability to visualize and animate conceptual ideas
  • Demonstrated experience creating procedural animations
  • Experience creating serene, ambient animations
  • Demonstrated experience with Metal, OpenGL, or similar GPU API
  • Experience with shaders (GLSL, HLSL, Metal shading language, etc.)
  • Excellent communication skills

In this role, you will create ambient, procedural animations for a future software release. You will be working closely with designers and engineers to come up with ideas for animations, prototype them, and implement them using Metal or SceneKit.

The ideal candidate is passionate about creating animations that: look great, feel smooth, and provide a "wow" factor that leaves audiences impressed. Relevant experience may include films, broadcast television, multimedia art installations, online shader galleries, or demo scene content. Ideal work experience would include cutting-edge techniques in real-world simulations (water/sky/cloud/etc.) and particle systems.

Responsibilities include:

  • Brainstorming and designing new animation ideas collaboratively
  • Prototyping new animations
  • Implementing animations using Metal, SceneKit
  • Profiling and optimizing animations


  • Experience with physically-based real-world effects (e.g. water, sky, or cloud simulations)
  • Experience with particle systems or generative algorithms
  • Experience with SceneKit, Unity, Unreal, or other high-level 3D API
  • Familiarity with computer graphics research (SIGGRAPH, GDC, etc.)
  • Development experience with macOS or iOS (Xcode, Instruments, etc.)
  • Deep knowledge of GPU architectures
  • Artistic or design background

Client Description:

Aquent's client is a leader in consumer electronics and one of the greatest, most innovative, world-changing companies ever created! Singlehandedly credited with creating some of the most impactful products of this generation.

WORKING WITH AQUENT: long-term assignments with Aquent gets you access to some pretty cool things:
- You're paid weekly
- Subsidized health (including term life and LTD) and dental benefits after your first four weeks of work (averaging at least 20 hrs/wk)
- Access to Fidelity 401(k)
- Access to FSA Program
- Direct deposit for your pay check
- Access to our Talent Rewards Program (we reward for referrals!)
- Access to free online courses via Aquent's Gymnasium, to help you develop your skills: http://gymnasium.aquent.com/
- Access to free online courses via Lynda.com
- Aquent support: your Aquent Agent checks in with you during the course of your contract to make sure you're happy and progressing according to your expectations (we're also there to be looking for new opportunities for you when you're close to wrapping up)





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