3D Animator

About the Employer

Niantic seeks a 3D Animator with expertise in creating animations of characters that convey emotion and movement. Niantic is a fast-moving, multi-disciplinary team of software developers and creative professionals based in San Francisco, Seattle and Tokyo. You will be responsible for research, design and execution of animations, using Maya, Unity, and other computer graphics tools to help merge the virtual with the real world.


  • Using a high degree of choreographic judgement, produce animations that fit within the style and pacing of Niantic’s current projects and experimental AR platform initiatives.
  • Work closely with the Art Director and cross functional pod of artists, engineers and product managers to create fun and appealing gameplay animations and/or cinematic events.
  • Brainstorm ideas and create rapid prototypes.
  • Troubleshoot and communicate technical animation issues.


  • Minimum of 5 years experience preferred.
  • Portfolio of work showcasing examples of gameplay and/or interactive animations. Work may also include previs, animation tests, and marketing poses.
  • Strong knowledge of anatomy, body mechanics and character acting.
  • Understanding of physical motion, weight, balance, texture and form.
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills.

Plus If…

  • Technical experience with rigs and animation interfaces.
  • Experience with AR production.
  • Experience creating animations of environment objects and effects.

Join the Niantic team!

Niantic is the world’s leading AR technology company, sparking creative and engaging journeys in the real world. Our products inspire outdoor exploration, exercise, and meaningful social interaction.

Originally formed at Google in 2011, we became an independent company in 2015 with a strong group of investors including Nintendo, The Pokémon Company, and Alsop Louie Partners. Our current titles include pioneering global-control game Ingress, record-breaking AR game Pokémon GO, and recently released third title, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite.

Niantic is an Equal Opportunity employer. We believe that cultivating a workplace where our people are supported and included is essential to creating great products our community will love. Our mission emphasizes seeking and hiring diverse voices, including those who are traditionally underrepresented in the technology industry, and we consider this to be one of the most important values we hold close.

We're a hard-working, fun, and exciting group who value intellectual curiosity and a passion for problem-solving! We have growing offices located in San Francisco, Sunnyvale, Bellevue, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Hamburg, and Zurich.