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Senior Technical Animator

Champaign, IL
  • Expired: over a month ago. Applications are no longer accepted.
Job Description

Deep Silver Volition has been creating wildly original and successful video games for over 25 years, including the fan-favorite Saints Row series. Our studio has prospered by making fun, innovative games no one else can make, while focusing on work-life balance and fostering a culture of collaboration, continuous growth, and learning.    

We're looking for an experienced, collaborative Senior Technical Animator who can help bring our characters to life and continually push the limits of next-gen open world gaming. In this role, you'll bridge the creative and technical aspects of AAA game development by developing tools, pipelines, and innovative strategies for efficient creation and integration of visual game assets.  

This is a remote-friendly role. We are a hybrid work environment, headquartered in Champaign, IL but with employees working permanently remotely across the U.S. (We’re currently unable to hire in CA & NY, unfortunately.)  

What you’ll do as Senior Technical Animator at Deep Silver Volition:   

  • Develop and maintain technical animation tools in Maya and Motionbuilder. 

  • Help design character and animation workflow pipelines. 

  • Skinweight, rig and integrate assets to preexisting and new skeletons. 

  • Add runtime simulation to assets using our in-house engine. 

  • Identify opportunities to improve our animation pipeline and provide solutions for technical animation problems. 

  • Give input and guidance to animators, designers, and programmers to achieve an excellent animation system that can support our games. 

  • Collaborate with other Technical Artists to ensure consistent technology, standards, and content creation. 

 What we’re looking for:   

  • 3+ years of production experience in games, feature films, or VFX. 

  • Demonstrated problem-solving and collaborative communication skills. 

  • Experience writing tools in DCCs or game engines with python or other languages. 

  • A strong understanding of rigging and deformation concepts. 

  • Experience with Unreal or other modern game engines. 

  • A passion for creating games. 

  • Flexibility in changing role-requirements as projects and technologies develop. 

  • An ability to identify complex problems and propose solutions while working within real-time technical restrictions.   


  • Experience in building face rigs for character animation. 

  • Experience retargeting motion capture data. 

  • Experience creating and maintaining animation state machines. 

  • Familiarity with C++. 


  • A portfolio or code samples demonstrating your technical and artistic abilities. 

Some of our benefits: 

  • Subsidized medical/dental/vision insurance  

  • Company-paid life, short-term, & long-term disability insurance 

  • Generous paid time off (including parental leave and an annual company shutdown between Christmas & New Year's) 

  • 401k with company contribution 

  • Annual learning & development budget + access to GDC Vault + LinkedIn Learning 

  • Paid subscriptions to Headspace, Doordash, Sworkit, and other wellness apps 

At Deep Silver Volition we believe in fostering an open, collaborative, and diverse environment, and we are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We will consider all qualified applicants without attention to race, color, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, disability, age, veteran status, or military status.  



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