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Virtual Heroes

Raleigh, North Carolina - United States
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Intermediate Game Programmer


Are you passionate about video games? Want to create software that makes a difference? At the Virtual Heroes Division of Applied Research Associates, our goal is to improve your safety, security, and way of life. Join us!

We’re looking for dedicated, hard-working programmers with a passion for using game technology to develop state-of-the-art simulation, training, and virtual world applications. As a Serious Games Programmer you will be a key member of a team that is solving real-world problems for customers in the military, medical, commercial, and intelligence industries. Ideal candidates will have broad programming experience on one or more published/deployed projects. You must be able to serve multiple projects simultaneously with agility, poise, and focus. The job location is our well-equipped offices in the Research Triangle in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Our games are award-winning, reflecting the creativity, dedication, and vision of every member of our studio. You can be part of our team!

Why Work For Us?

  • The opportunity to make a real impact. Virtual Heroes has been making quality serious games for over fifteen years. Everyone who works here is important, from new faces to those who have worked here since the beginning. Your contribution matters—you won’t be just a number!
  • Flexible, reasonable hours. We encourage all employees to have a good work/life balance. We do not believe in burning you out! We invest in our people and want you to be happy with us for the long haul.
  • Competitive salaries and outstanding benefits. We provide generous retirement contributions and company stock over and above salary; medical, dental, and vision coverage; company-paid life and long-term disability insurance; and annual performance bonuses.

Intermediate Game Programmer Requirements:

  • Candidates selected may be subject to a government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information
  • BS (or higher) in Computer Science, Game Development, or a similar discipline, plus at least 5 years of game development in any capacity (work, school, personal, etc)
  • Equivalent professional experience (at least 11 years) will be considered for talented candidates without a degree
  • At least 2 years of experience with Unreal Engine 4 C++ programming and Blueprints
  • C++ experience and demonstrated knowledge of good software engineering practices
  • Experience working with a multidisciplinary game development team

Preference to applicants with one or more of the following:

  • Experience developing multiplayer game/training applications
  • Experience in hardware and software architectures such as VR, mobile development, and databases
  • Familiarity with incorporating artist-friendly architecture into code
  • Experience designing and implementing a modular and reusable system

Company Information:

At Virtual Heroes, we leverage simulation and digital-games-based paradigms to create applications that teach critical skills, simulate complicated, expensive, or inaccessible facilities, and provide education and training across a significantly broad content domain. As a division of Applied Research Associates (ARA), we work with scientists and engineers of many disciplines and diverse backgrounds to enhance the creativity and innovation of the mission-critical solutions we provide to our customers, while leveraging all the scientific capabilities our companies’ employees bring to the table.

ARA also prides itself on having a challenging culture where innovation & experimentation are the norms. At ARA, employees are our greatest assets, so we give our employees the tools, training, and opportunities to take active roles as owners. The motto, “Engineering and Science for Fun and Profit” sums up the ARA experience. The company realizes employee ownership spawns greater creativity and initiative along with higher performance and customer satisfaction levels. We are also very proud of our Women’s Initiative Network (WIN) whose purpose is to motivate, support, and encourage professional career development for women to maximize career and professional accomplishments.

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