R&D Character Art & Animation Generalist

PDS Tech, Inc.
February 3, 2021
Santa Clara, CA
Job Type


PDS Tech, Inc. is seeking a 3-D Artist and Modeler, in Cupertino, CA.


  • The Synthetic Data Group is looking for someone to develop and implement cutting edge 3D content and systems in a fast-paced research and development environment.
  • The individual should be a 3D character generalist with experience modeling, animating, rigging characters for offline and/or real time environments, synthetic data, procedural systems, and machine learning.
  • The individual will collaborate with cross functional teams (engineering, technical artists, production, and external vendors) to plan and develop various content.
  • The ideal candidate understands content, workflow challenges, and pushing visual technical boundaries.

Key Qualifications
• 5+ years 3D character production experience in games, film, or VFX
• Proficiency in Maya and Vray Rendering System
• Diverse capabilities in 3D character modeling, scans, animation, rigging, texturing, shading,
lighting, rendering, effects, scripting, tracking and compositing
• Experience animating characters manually, animation clean up, ingesting, and applying
motion capture animation
• Experience with rigging, skinning, and blend shape deformation rigs
• Cloth and hair simulation experience
• Shader development, PBR texture/material workflows, lighting and material calibration
• Knowledgeable of Python, Mac OS, and Windows
Additional experience
• A solid understanding of the principles of animation, body mechanics, and facial animation
• Experience creating digital doubles
• Problem solving and troubleshooting in a technical environment
• Desire to procedurally generate content without sacrificing artistic integrity
• Ability to identify opportunities for visual, workflow, and efficiency improvements
• Excellent teamwork and communication skills
• Experience working with external development teams
Bachelors in Computer Graphics or similar, and 3+ years of Art/Animation industry experience

PDS Tech, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, age, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, or other legally protected status.

Founded in 1977, PDS Tech, Inc. is one of the nation's premier specialty staffing firms with 31 offices nationwide. We offer a full range of benefits including:

  • Health insurance
  • Paid holidays
  • Weekly payroll
  • Immediate 401(k) eligibility
  • Completion Bonuses
  • Training
  • Please note availability of benefits may vary by position

PDS specializes in Engineering and IT arenas including Aerospace, Defense, Electronics, Telecommunications, Automotive, and Energy just to name a few. Our reputation, track record, and years of continuous growth reflect the commitment to quality that our employees and clients experience first-hand. To find out more about PDS, please visit www.pdstech.com

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