Senior Character/Vehicle TD

Parallel Domain

Vancouver City, British Columbia, CA
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Function: Web/Graphic Design/Internet
  • Post Date: 01/15/2021
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  • Company Address: , Palo Alto, CA

About Parallel Domain

Parallel Domain is a data generation platform for autonomy: the sensor data you need – just an API call away. We work with companies to provide high quality labeled sensor data, accelerating the safe deployment of autonomous technology. The ability to obtain large volumes of high quality data is the largest driver of performance of perception algorithms. Synthetic data is a key tool to improve machine-learning algorithms by unlocking new ways to develop, train, and test. Get perfectly annotated data, accelerating data acquisition and annotation processes by orders of magnitude.

Job Description

At Parallel Domain, we believe that autonomous systems – from self-driving cars to contactless delivery drones – have the opportunity to drastically improve the quality of life for billions of people. That is why we love what we do: enabling our customers to develop their technology safely using the Parallel Domain data generation platform. Our platform revolutionizes the way our customers generate sensor data for AI development. We're looking for people like you to join us in pushing the boundaries of artificial intelligence and synthetic data.
We’re looking for a Senior Character/Vehicle TD capable of thriving within a rapid development environment. We are a lean and focused team building a world-class platform for data generation for autonomy. In this role, you will be responsible for developing and supporting a real-time content pipeline that will enable us to create accurate representations of 3D characters, vehicles, and more, bringing our worlds to life. The ideal candidate has 4+ years of experience working in a real-time graphics field creating photo-realistic animated characters and vehicles, and is eager to jump in, research, and implement innovative techniques to move our technology forward in a scalable way. This position is based in Vancouver, BC, Canada, and we are open to discussing remote work.


  • 4+ years of experience working in a real-time graphics field (games, real-time film previsualization, automotive visualization, etc.)
  • Extensive familiarity using Unreal Engine 4 for animation work (or comparable engine with notable similarities to UE4)
  • Exceptional understanding and interest in asset pipelines targeted at real-time characters and vehicles, including swappable accessories and parts, locomotion systems, character/environment interactions, glass/skin rendering, etc.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of DCC software packages (Maya, 3DS Max, ZBrush, etc.)
  • Professional experience rigging characters for dynamic/user-controlled animation in a real-time environment
  • Previous experience implementing photo-realistic human or animal characters and vehicles into a digital medium
  • Functional character animation abilities
  • Solid understanding of material and texture authoring techniques (especially for characters and vehicles) and material library management in real-time environments (shader creation in UE4, Substance Designer, Mari, etc.)
  • Expert in both verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong ability to estimate timelines, manage deadlines and priorities, and communicate work progress
  • Ability and eagerness to deliver, receive, and analyze candid feedback in a positive way
  • Collaborative attitude, humble, and eager to make a large impact 


  • Experience managing (or working directly with) outsourcing teams and/or using externally-sourced asset libraries
  • Ability to create painted concepts and pre-visualizations of concepts to help share ideas, establish visual targets, and provide critiques
  • Experience using Marvelous Designer
  • Experience with procedural systems such as Houdini
  • Experience using real-time raytracing in UE4, or extensive history with raytracing concepts


  • Lead the pipeline development for character and vehicle art creation, defining art production best practices for character/hard-surface art, including engine integration and rendering quality
  • Work with the Content Lead and other studio directors to identify and author goals and workflows that we can use to create the content that is essential to delivering dynamic and unique scenarios to our customers
  • Work with technical artists and engine developers to create character and vehicle content that can be controlled dynamically by our internal simulation software
  • Collaborate regularly with other team members, contributing and voicing thoughts on new ideas to improve our work efficiency, deliver higher-quality visuals, and make Parallel Domain an even better place to work
  • Manage and guide internal artists at Parallel Domain working on both characters and vehicles
  • And much, much more!

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This company does NOT accept candidates from outside recruiting firms. Agency contacts are not welcome.