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Elara Systems

Gold River, California - United States
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Experienced Medical Animator


Elara, located in Gold River, California, is looking for an in-house talented and experienced 3D Animator who wants to make a large splash in the medical and industrial space, whether it’s in XR, animations or interactive content.

These deliverables largely vary and can range from explaining complicated surgical procedures; scientific breakdowns for exciting mechanisms of action; sizzle pieces for product launches; apps for educating; or web portals for content management.

Our ideal animation artist has at least 5 years of experience in production to post-production animation pipelines. This includes 3D modeling, rendering, bringing in finished footage to compositing software with multiple passes, creating motion graphics, and wrapping up with any grading/coloring.

We are wanting to hire someone who is seeking a long-term career and is excited about being part of something that is, while at times difficult, overall, wonderfully satisfying.

The job can be mentally demanding, as the subject matters we go into can be vastly deep and complex, so we need a stoic individual that can rapidly learn while staying organized and on schedule.

At Elara, our core DNA is that the final product looks amazing, so we invest in our team members and nurture their talent. Beyond just providing access to educational portals, we also send them to conventions where they can brush up on industry techniques and connect with others. In addition to that, we also provide cutting-edge equipment and software, allowing them to focus on the goal, rather than the means of accomplishing it.

Of course, we also have a competitive edge in health benefits, offering employees the ability to choose from a range of fantastic providers; access to 401k; scalable vacation and skill-based wages, competitive to the industry standards.

Main Objective: Takes a heavy role in the 3D animation and visualization production process, from asset creation, animation, to delivery.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

·         Takes a strong role in all phases of the creative visualization production process including 3D modeling, surfacing, cameras, lighting, rendering, 3d animating and compositing, as well as delivery and archiving.

·         Reviews animation and visualization projects to determine the type and number of physical and 3D assets required.

·         Examines reference videos and all information provided, to learn and become a pseudo-expert on the product or subject matter

·         Coordinates with department heads to produce CG animation and imagery

·         Utilizes provided storyboards in pre-production to build out content

 ·         Helps to implement new hardware and software used by the animation team

·         Assists in technical support for the animation team’s digital tools including render farm management and both hardware and software troubleshooting

Incidental Duties:

The above statements describe the general nature and level of work being performed in this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, and indeed additional responsibilities may be assigned, as required, by management.

Education and Experience:

·         Minimum of 5 years of experience in 3D/2D Animation is required

·         Bachelor Degree in Computer Animation, or a similar major, is preferred

·         Experience in anatomical drawing and animation is preferred

Knowledge and Skill Requirements/Specialized Courses and/or Training:

·         Skilled knowledge of 3D and 2D animation: including key-frame animation, camera animation, polygon and spline animation, soft-body deformations, spline deformations, etc.

·         Major bonus if you’re an expert in 3DS Max, Unreal and Vray

·         Skilled knowledge of compositing footage

·         Major bonus if you’re an expert in After Effects

·         Proficient in modeling, UV, lighting, textures and rendering

·         Solid understanding of particle systems

·         Knowledge of film, video, and photography principles

·         Must possess strong communication and organizational skills

·         Ability to produce exceptional work in a deadline-driven environment

·         Ability to multi-task and willingness to collaborate

·         Must be self-motivated with strong problem-solving capabilities and able to work with minimum supervision

·         Must be comfortable seeking help, asking questions and learning, but also sharing what you learn

·         Must be open to critical review and able to embrace change

·         Attention to detail


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.