Senior Character Rigger - id Software

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Areas of Expertise:
Art and Animation
Zenimax Media Inc.
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id Software, part of the ZeniMax Media Inc. family of companies, is seeking a talented Character Rigger to join our team in making AAA games.

Do you have a passion for characters and creatures? Are you fascinated by anatomy and wonder how you can make something bend or deform in the most efficient manner? Do you like working with cool developers and talking about games, movies, comics, shows, and animation over a cup of coffee while taking a break from your tasks? Are you looking for a laid back work environment that still delivers intense results (whatever that means)? Would you like to be a part of a small cohesive animation team and have a huge impact? Do you feel pride in making control rigs that animators love to work with? If you answered “Yes!” to at least the first two questions and also the last one, then we’re interested in you!

We’re looking for a character specialized rigger to take our creatures and character systems to another level. This position is responsible for getting our creatures and characters to deform beautifully as well as create efficient control rigs and tools for animators to work with. In addition, you’ll be working with our in-game animation systems, programmers, and character artists to insure characters work with evolving tech developed for our games.


Set up skeletal structures and skin characters/creatures.
Build efficient control rigs for animation.
Maintain efficient character pipeline.
Ensure characters work in-game.
Work closely with character, animation, and programming departments.

5+ years of industry experience with character technology (Skinning, Rigging, Tool development, etc.)
Clear interest in contributing to the research and development of character technology
Strong problem-solving skills applied to character technology requirements
Comfortable stepping outside the “industry standard” mindset to develop leading, cutting edge solutions
Strong general understanding of character/animation pipeline
Team player, excellent communication skills
Strong understanding of anatomy and muscle deformation
Desire to see your work in the best possible light
Strong Python/Mel skills
Passion for video games and especially for first-person immersive games
Desired Skills:

2 or more shipped titles/projects with a dominant character rigging focus.
Strong experience writing plug-ins for DCC applications.
Experience developing IK Solvers, blending techniques, etc.
Experience developing character and animation facial related technology (rigging, FACS fitting, topology fitting, etc.).
Experience with motion capture systems (Vicon, Motion Analysis, Blade, etc.)
Strong Math skills
Strong C/C++ skills
Experience with Maya and Motion Builder
Experience with Dynamics and Cloth simulations

Contact Details:
Zenimax Media Inc.
Tel: (301)-948-2200
Fax: (301) 926-8010
Contact: Recruitment Team

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