Sumo Digital is one of the UK's most prolific and secure independent game developers with a talented team spread across four UK Studios; Sheffield, Nottingham, Newcastle and The Chinese Room in Brighton, along with our India studio in Pune. The Nottingham studio became part of the Sumo Digital family in March of 2016.
Based in the Castle Marina area of the city and with Nottingham castle dominating the skyline, the new studio is a state-of-the-art space dedicated to supporting the highest calibre of game developments most creative people. The environment has been designed to be open, light and bright and to provide a creative and flexible space against which a new team can develop the latest ideas for today's gaming platforms.
Our Nottingham studio is a real community of game loving, talented people who have a broad set of skills across a diverse range of games types including first-person shooter and racing games. We have been working hard on our first two projects - Team Sonic Racing for Sega and Project Nova for CCP and are about to embark on new projects.
We are looking for talented artists, designers, programmers, producers and support roles to join us making some fun games. In Nottingham we work on small and mid-size teams where everyone can contribute and make a big difference to the games we make. Delivering great games and following the Sumo Pathway, you'll be able to develop your career within a supportive and creative environment.
Here at Sumo we are planning for big things. Don't miss out. Join us.
The role @ Sumo
As a Physics Programmer at Sumo Nottingham you will be responsible for the day to day development of the engine features needed to simulate physics behaviour of in game objects. You will work with designers to determine the needs of the simulation, and the parameters that are required to allow designers to configure it. You will be capable and responsible for estimating the time and cost of feature implementation, and then meeting those budgets. You will be helped in this and report to the lead programmer on the team who will be your line manager.
In a typical day you will be required to design, implement and debug the physics simulation within the game you are working on, potentially working across multiple platforms simultaneously. You will carry out research into state-of-the-art techniques as necessary. You know how to use the tools required, including dev kits to refine and polish the physics systems to meet the highest standards. You will have excellent communication skills enabling you to accurately report progress and issues as the feature progresses, allowing you and your team to manage the progress of the project.
To be successful you will have:
- Around 3 years of programming experience with emphasis on physics and/or vehicle simulation.
- Experience writing simulation code for components such as collisions, contact force calculation, fluid-dynamics, etc.
- Exposure to typical game physics algorithms.
- Experience with commercial game physics packages.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
- Knowledge of build and pipeline systems within game development.
- At least 1 shipped title (preferably console).
It would be an advantage if you have:
- Experience with multithreaded programming.
- Good time management and self-motivation skills.
- Ability to take direction and criticism.
- Knowledge of large-scale asset pipelines.
- Knowledge of source control and asset management tools.
What We Offer:
We offer a super benefits package including generous holidays, flexitime and excellent employee benefits. Further perks include our legendary annual Sumo Big Day Out, plus epic Christmas parties, money on your birthday and free fruit for everyone! Our new, regular studio Game Jams are a highlight - staff spend a full day developing and pitching their own game ideas for possible development by Sumo.
Our environment is relaxed, friendly and built upon the basis of every team member having the opportunity to shine and have a realisable input into the games we create. We are a very happy ship with lots of incredibly nice people that partake in shared interest groups, lunchtime clubs, charity fundraising events and lots of socialising.
We are proud to be located in Nottingham, just ten minutes' walk from Nottingham train station and with good access to the north and the south via the M1. Nottingham itself benefits from a wealth of attractions, including a diverse range of bars and restaurants, several art galleries and a wide variety of cultural events.
Highlights include the Theatre Royal, the Nottingham Contemporary art gallery, the National Video Game Arcade and the Motorpoint Arena Nottingham. The annual GameCity festival takes place throughout Nottingham city centre, celebrating the culture, innovation and creativity of video games and their development.