Real Time VFX Artist

About Lab42 

Lab42 is a best-in-class cross-platform game developer based in Leamington Spa, UK. Since our founding as a small indie studio, our headcount has grown into a team full of talented, experienced people supported by a veteran management team with backgrounds from SEGA, Codemasters and EA.

As well as working on our own IP, we also offer co-development services to a growing list of clients, including Paradox, SEGA and Curve Digital. We work on some of the best titles around, such as Call of Duty, Crusader Kings, Yakuza, Star Wars Racer and much more, without losing touch with the anti-crunch and people-first values our studio was founded upon.

As winners of the GI Biz Best Places to Work award for the past 2 years running, our studio benefits from a friendly, supportive and empowering team culture. We encourage professional growth, while maintaining a healthy work-life balance.

Lab42 is made up of a diverse mix of fantastic people, and we embrace all the elements that make our team unique. We’re an inclusive studio and welcome applications from qualified applicants of any background, regardless of race, age, disability, gender identity or neurodiversity.

The role @ Lab42

We are looking for a Real time VFX artist to expand our team here at Lab42. This is a fantastic opportunity where you will be primarily porting work and modifying existing VFX to run well on new platforms. There will also be future opportunities to work on exciting new IPs!

You must be passionate about all aspects of VFX design and implementation.  From fluid and effects simulation and baking down to particle optimization in engine whilst also having a history of VFX creation and a keen interest in the technical aspects of their implementation.

If you have a passion for VFX and wish to develop your skills further by collaborating across multiple projects in a supportive environment, then this is the right opportunity for you. 

We're open to this person being based in-studio position or operating in a remote hybrid model. 

Within this role you will:

  • Work under direction to create stunning VFX, optimised per platform, across multiple titles and art styles. 
  • Take responsibility for all aspects of the VFX pipeline, from initial concept, right the way through to final in-game polish. 
  • Collaborate with designers, artists, and coders to design and implement VFX which will not only enrich the game world, but also support gameplay requirements. 
  • Work with the Graphical Rendering team/Technical Art team in the development and improvement of workflows and technologies to improve visual effect quality and performance. 
  • Be up to date on current and emerging visual effect trends and technology so you can contribute to new techniques and workflows. 
  • Requirements:

  • 1-2 years of experience working in game development 
  • A Portfolio demonstrating VFX (Demo reel required) 
  • Experience in an engine (e.g., UE4/Unity) 
  • Experience in a DCC tool creating an effect from scratch (in Adobe/Autodesk etc) 
  • On application, please include your current CV and any relevant portfolio content.

    What we offer:

    . Defined Annual Bonus Scheme
    . ULEV car scheme
    . Monthly allowance to spend on enhancing benefits        
    . Salary Sacrifice Pension
    . Flexible Working  
    . 21 days free-use holiday
    + your birthday off
    + 5 learning days including 1 volunteer day
    + a duvet day
    + Christmas shutdown from Christmas Eve to New Year
    + Bank Holidays
    + extra allowance accrued for longer service
    . Free dental insurance 
    . Life Assurance 4x Salary
    . Income Protection of 75% for 5 years           
    . Enhanced Mat/Paternity & Adoption pay
    . Employee Assistance Programme:
    . Help at Hand - Remote GP, Mental Health & Physio appointments
    . Free financial & home buying support consultations
    . Cycle to Work Scheme
    . Payroll Giving Scheme
    . Access to 4,000 Udemy Courses
    . Career Development Pathway  
    . Wrap Parties.
    . Project Completion Awards
    . Game/Creative Jams
    . Big Family Events
    . Studio social activities, e.g. running, board games, film, yoga, life drawing…
    . Prism – Sumo’s employee diversity focus group 
    . Free fruit and drinks in our studios
    . Employee Referral Bonus     
    . Relocation Support to the UK
    . Visa Sponsorship

    Why should you work at Lab42?  

    Lab42 was founded upon a people-first, anti-crunch culture, and we’ve stayed true to those values through all of our growth and success. Now part of the Sumo Digital family of studios, we enjoy all of the benefits and comradery of being part of a large games development organisation, without losing the friendly and flexible working environment that makes Lab42 a great place to work.

    As part of Lab42, you’ll be able to work on both original IPs and some of the biggest and best games around – without having to sleep at your desk! Instead, we encourage a harmonious work-life balance that allows you to spend time with family and friends, while still enjoying a career in an exciting industry.

    We believe in providing opportunities for internal career progression, and there is plenty of room to grow and fulfill your potential at Lab42. By prioritising the happiness and wellbeing of our staff, we have been joined by many industry veterans, and are proud to be a studio where people chose to stay, develop and grow through their Game Development careers.

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