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Senior Technical Artist



IT, Education
Los Angeles, CA, USA
Posted on Tuesday, March 12, 2024

Genies is culture’s avatar technology company empowering developers and artists to create their own interoperable gamified consumer experiences. The company has raised $250 million from investors including Silver Lake, BOND, NEA, and Bob Iger. Initially, Genies were adopted by thousands of Hollywood icons including Justin Bieber and Rihanna through partnerships with Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group. Today, the company is also delivering avatars to the masses through experiences built with its Developer Kit and artist crowdsourced platform, The Workshop. These experiences all integrate together to form one avatar social network, Genies Party.

Genies is looking for a Senior Technical Artist to expand our Research and Development team. Based at our headquarters in Los Angeles (Hybrid), this role involves developing and integrating innovative features and technologies to shape the future of avatars. You will collaborate extensively with our engineering, product, and art teams to advance Genies' goal of enabling users to create their own avatar ecosystems. This position is at the crossroads of art and engineering, essential for crafting impactful experiences and providing valuable tools for users and their avatars. We're looking for someone who is passionate about creating high-quality visuals and has the technical expertise to develop and implement solutions for the next wave of digital identity.

If you're passionate about being at the cutting edge of avatar innovation, digital identity and social networking, we'd love to hear from you!

What You’ll be Doing:

  • Build prototypes of experimental features in Unity and other real-time platforms
  • Develop and implement new techniques and workflows to push the capabilities of Genies’ avatar framework
  • Collaborate with creators and engineers to optimize, integrate, and debug new content and features
  • Design and extend real-time creation tools for our users, partners, and internal studio

What You Should Have:

  • Be well versed in real-time 3D content creation, including modeling, texturing, materials, lighting, rigging, and animation
  • Professional experience with Unity for mobile or desktop target platforms.
    • Experience with Unreal or proprietary engines is also a plus.
  • Professional experience with Maya / Blender and other digital content creation tools
  • Professional experience with character dynamics and effects (clothing, hair, particles)
  • Strong understanding of 3D skeletal systems and animation (retargeting, ik, mocap)
  • 3+ years experience in games, film/video, AR/VR, or related fields
  • 3+ years experience with programming/scripting languages such as C#, Python, C++
  • BS degree in Computer Science, Engineering, or equivalent experience
  • Familiarity with Git/Source Control and other change management frameworks
  • Experience with Mobile AR (AR Foundation, ARKit, ARCore and relevant APIs)
  • Practical understanding of linear algebra and data structures
  • Strong initiative, highly organized with the ability to work independently
  • Excellent communication and problem-solving skills

How Genies will support you

Genies is a well-funded, growing start-up that cares deeply about each of our employees' growth and success. Our roles and their responsibilities are created with a breadth of scope that introduces each employee to exciting new challenges and opportunities that a growing start-up encounters. The actual base pay is dependent upon a number of factors, including: professional background, training, transferable skills, work experience, education, location, business and product needs, and market demand. The base pay range is subject to change and may be modified in the future. Full-time employees may also be eligible for equity compensation, in addition to a robust health, wellness, and benefits package.

Starting Salary Range: $130,000 to $200,000 USD

Here's why you'll love working at Genies:

  • You'll work with a team that you’ll be able to learn from and grow with, including support for your own professional development
  • You'll be at the helm of your own career, shaping it with your own innovative contributions to a nascent team and product with flexible hours and a work from home policy
  • You'll enjoy the culture and perks of a startup, with the stability of being well funded
  • Comprehensive health insurance for you and your family (Anthem + Kaiser Options Available), Dental and Vision Insurance
  • Competitive salaries and 401K program for all full time employees
  • Flexible paid time off, sick time, and paid company holidays, in addition to paid parental leave, bereavement leave, and jury duty leave for full-time employees
  • Health & wellness support through programs such as monthly wellness reimbursement
  • Working in a brand new, bright, open-environment and fun office space
  • Choice of MacBook or windows laptop

Genies is an equal opportunity employer committed to promoting an inclusive work environment free of discrimination and harassment. We value diversity, inclusion, and aim to provide a sense of belonging for everyone.