Senior AI Programmer (Hybrid)

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Posted 20 June 2023
Salary Negotiable
Job type Permanent
DisciplineGames Programming
Contact NameMatty Kidsley

Job description

Vertigo Games, one of the largest VR developers in the world, are looking to bring a Senior AI Programmer on to the team and build an ambitious, multi-platform VR action shooter.

As a Senior AI Programmer, you’ll work on the AI of their games using decisions trees within Unreal and any other AI systems required to create the fun and engagement that their designers are looking for. Additionally, you’ll work close together with their creative team to deliver features and improve workflows, functionality, and interfaces.

Your responsibilities…
  • Take ownership of the AI work, working closely together with the tech leads to make it fit the complete codebase and working closely together with the designers to identify the technical constraints based on their creative guidance
  • Help develop, expand, maintain, and support the AI systems, tools, and AI related gameplay elements
  • Use your knowledge of C++, object orientation, design patterns, algorithms, and data structures to create solid technical designs and efficient implementations for the required animation work
  • Constantly take performance into account so the games and experiences can keep running at a smooth 72+ FPS, even when rendering to both eyes and using the latest and greatest mobile hardware to do so
  • Analyse problems and debug them to quickly locate and fix challenging bugs
The skills and experience you’ll bring to the role…
  • Prior experience with real-time AI systems, such as decision trees to create challenging and engaging enemies for shooter games or similar
  • Experience coding on several games in C++
  • Solid understanding of all the basic concepts of C++, object vs data oriented, approach, inheritance vs composition, pointers vs references, encapsulation, data structures, and their performance characteristics
  • Created one or more projects using Unreal Engine
  • Good basic understanding on creating blueprints, optimising code through usage of C++, and the Unreal pipeline
  • Interest in AI technology, passion for character-based games, and good knowledge on AI solutions
  • Technical and collaborative mindset
  • Prior experience with VR titles is a bonus
Perks and benefits include…
  • Relocation cost compensation
  • Free pension plan
  • Career coaching and a personal development budget
  • 30% income tax reduction for eligible expats
  • 26 standard vacation days with an option to buy more
  • Free train travel to and from the office
  • Group activities and an annual VR game jam
  • The latest VR hardware and titles which you can borrow and take home