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Senior Rendering R&D Programmer


iD Software


Frankfurt am Main, Germany


Programming and Development




Mid-Senior Level

Permanent | Full Time


Division:  | Department:  | Location: Frankfurt , DE

id Software is looking for a Senior Graphics Research & Development (R&D) Programmer.  This person will be an integral part of a modern R&D team that not only helps the company take advantage of emerging trends but helps drive and define the trend.  As part of the team you will help ideate, investigate, and prove new techniques which can be used to improve both current and future Zenimax titles and services.  You will be asked to not only write significant portions of new code bases but maintain and integrate that code into existing code bases as well.  Our team is results driven and we are looking for people who want to actualize real world technologies that impact the industry in a profound way.  Expect your abilities and scope of work to expand in a fast paced and highly innovative environment.

id Responsibilities:

  • Work with our R&D group to bring new technologies to light.

  • Find opportunities in developing technology trends that can keep Zenimax titles and services ahead of the curve. 

  • Work well with other team members and divisions to realize new technologies.

  • Accurately estimate schedules and deliver high quality work products to that schedule.

  • Work on performance, optimization, and other technology features as required.


  • 5+ years game industry programming experience

  • Able to work towards group macro goals and not just personal lines of inquiry.

  • Able to work with group leadership to advocate for new research opportunities worth team inquiry.

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or equivalent demonstrable experience

  • At least one, preferably multiple, AAA titles shipped as a credited rendering programmer

  • Very strong C++ design and coding experience

  • Extensive GPU and Shader experience

  • Experience with one or more explicit APIs like Vulkan, DirectX12, or Metal

  • Extensive experience with a legacy API like OpenGL or DirectX9-11

  • Familiarity with global lighting methods, dynamic lighting, shadow rendering and related concepts

  • Excellent 3D math skills

  • Solid architecture and software design ability

  • Passion for graphics programming and staying on top of current techniques

  • Excellent organization and time management skills

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

  • Ability to write clear, maintainable, portable code that adheres to a well-documented coding standard

  • Must be a self-motivated and energetic team player with a very strong work ethic and cooperative attitude

Desired Skills and Pluses:

  • B.S. in computer science or equivalent study in related fields

  • Desire and vision to help shape a project from the ground up

  • Experience with any version of idTech

  • Experience or knowledge of video encoding schemes and tradeoffs. 

  • Experience with one or more non-PC platforms such as PS4, Xbox One, Switch, iPhone, or Android.

About our Team

id Software, located just North of Dallas, TX, provides technical, design and artistic leadership as a world-renowned game developer and technology innovator since its founding in 1991. id Software’s iconic brands such as Wolfenstein®, DOOM®, QUAKE® and RAGE® have become staples of popular culture for generations of gamers. At id Software, everything revolves around the people; we believe in hiring the best and brightest and giving them the tools and the environment to be successful. These principles have guided us successfully for over twenty years and will continue to guide us into the future.

To learn more about id Software, please visit the studio’s official website at

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