AI Programmer

Defiant Studios was founded in New York City in 2016 by industry veterans with many decades of experience in designing, building and producing AAA games for a global audience. We strive to create incredible gameplay experiences while working with curious and passionate people. Our focus is to explore and expand the boundaries of cooperative multiplayer games through compelling storytelling woven into unique and beautiful worlds. Defiant is currently developing multiple unannounced projects including a groundbreaking original AAA IP for next generation platforms. 

This is an exciting opportunity for an AI Programmer to work closely with their content creators to design fun and robust character behaviors for our AAA title. At Defiant, you will implement behaviors for the inference systems of our game engine. You will partner with animators and designers to fully realize NPC combat, general behaviors, and work on a wide range of different game aspects. We see the perfect candidate having shipped at least one AAA game as an AI programmer from start to finish. This is a rare opportunity for a candidate who wants to play an instrumental role on a small team building and developing a compelling experience. 

To apply for this position, please provide a Cover Letter, work samples, and a detailed Resume which includes your current location.  Further information is provided under our non-disclosure agreement only. All applicants are required to relocate for full-time positions in New York. 

Required Qualifications 
  • A strong passion for game AI and a keen sense of fun gameplay
  • Prior experience working as a programmer on at least one shipped AAA title
  • Minimum of 3 year's experience from general gameplay, animation and/or physics programming
  • Fluency in C/C++ Desired Qualifications 
  • Experience working with navmesh generation, tessellation, voxelization, CSG operations
  • Experience working with character scripting, animation state machines, animation blending and similar techniques
  • Experience with tools development using QT, Python or wxWidgets

Benefits:
Defiant Studios offers a comprehensive range of benefits for all full-time employees including 100% company paid Medical, Dental, and Vision plans, company paid holidays and an attractive paid time off policy which includes 3 weeks of company-wide vacation as well as unlimited paid vacation days. In addition, we offer Relocation Assistance, Short and Long Term Disability, Life Insurance, Pet Insurance, Flexible Savings Account Programs, Commuter Tax benefits, flexible work hours and discounted gym memberships to keep our staff healthy and happy. Defiant Studios is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

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