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Senior Research Engineer


Activision Central Technology’s CTX group is seeking a Sr. Research Engineer to join our team in Santa Monica, CA.  We are a team of artists, scientists, and engineers who collaborate with Activision studios to develop pioneering workflows and techniques for game content creation. We combine expertise from the game industry and the film industry to advance real-time visuals to levels which were previously exclusive to motion pictures. We are looking for an exceptionally skilled—and flexible—researcher to develop novel technologies to take on production challenges!


·       Lead R&D projects related to performance capture, character animation, and other focus areas as directions evolve

·       Proactively come up with ideas for new research directions, workflows, etc.

·       Work with team members and studio collaborators to design and implement novel technologies to meet production needs

·       Jump into both long-term R&D efforts as well as short-term production support as needed

·       Engage with the academic and industry R&D communities, and identify collaboration and partnership opportunities

·       Present research findings in scientific journals and/or conferences

·       Advise and mentor interns



·       Research experience, Ph.D. preferred, with a strong record of research publications

·       Expert knowledge of Python, C++, and object-oriented programming practices

·       Solid software engineering skills, including the ability to write robust, maintainable, well-architected, well-documented code

·       Strong knowledge of mathematics for 3D graphics, particularly linear algebra

·       Experience with computer vision and/or numerical optimization

·       The ability to track down bottlenecks and accuracy/quality issues, wherever they may be in a pipeline

·       Strong problem-solving skills

·       Strong verbal and written communications skills, and ability to work effectively with multiple teams

·       Self-motivated and able to quickly learn new areas of development

·       Strong ability to innovate



·       5+ years’ experience in software R&D in a CG production environment

·       Strong understanding of the CG production process

·       Strong working knowledge of Maya

·       Strong understanding of game content creation pipelines

·       Knowledge of current industry character animation practices, techniques, and technologies

·       Qt / PyQt / PySide development

·       Maya plugin development


Great Games Start with Great People!  This is an exciting time to join us!

Ask anyone who works at Activision, or with Activision, their favorite thing about it, and they’ll tell you, it’s the people. We have world class brands, infrastructure and resources, but our success doesn’t come from assembly lines producing widgets. Our success comes from people producing greatness together. We are nothing without our employee’s brilliance. So if you’re interested in our biggest priority, it’s the people.

Headquartered in Santa Monica, CA, Activision operates at the intersection of technology, entertainment, esports, and consumer products. Activision is more than just the leading developer and publisher of video games, we are the creators of some of the world’s biggest, most ground-breaking titles in the industry. Our portfolio includes Call of Duty®, Skylanders®, and Destiny®.

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