Technical Animator - Military veterans preferred



  full-time   employee

United States


Job Description: SAIC is looking for a Technical Animator in Huntsville, AL to join our tight-knit team developing extraordinary games and interactive software for the Army Game Studio. In this role, key Technologies you will be using include Maya for building character/control rigs, and OptiTrack motion capture system and Motion Builder for converting animations. Please include an online portfolio with your applicaiton, ideally including examples of character/control rigs, and animations. 
About the Program: The Army Game Studio is leader in the development of virtual, interactive, and multimedia systems for outreach, education, simulation, and training for the Army. AGS produces Games and Game-based simulations, which include augmented, virtual, and mixed-reality technologies.
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Location: This position will be a mix of work from home and onsite in Huntsville, AL. 
Job Duties:
  • You will be involved in the animation pipeline using the OptiTrack motion capture system and motion builder to capture complex movements for a variety of projects.
  • You will also use Maya to create character rigs as well as maintain and modify a library of technical assets.  
  • Work with art and design leads to make our products more immersive through animation. 


Required Education, Skills, and Experience:
  • Bachelors degree in art, game development, animation or related field. 
  • 2+ years of experience in a modeling, technical art, or animation role in video game development
  • Experience with Maya building character/control rigs
  • Experience with OptiTrack motion capture system
  • Experience using Motion Builder
  • Experience building animation systems in a commercial game engine like Unreal or Unity. 
  • Solid knowledge of anatomy, body mechanics, and animation principles
  • Experience with scripting in Python/Pymel
  • Experience with source control solutions
  • Working knowledge of Adobe Software 
  • Please include an online portfolio with your applicaiton, ideally including examples of character/control rigs, and animations. 
Clearance Requirement: US Citizen with the ability to obtain a DoD Secret clearance.

COVID Policy: Prospective and/or new employees will be required to adhere with SAIC's vaccination policy. Full vaccination will be required before the start of employment in order to work onsite at an SAIC location. If applicable, prospective or new employees may seek an exemption to the vaccination requirement at and must have an approved exemption prior to the start of their employment. Employees working onsite at a customer location must comply with customer requirements which may include mandatory vaccination, mandatory attestation regarding one's vaccination status and mandatory weekly or bi-weekly testing.