Gameplay AI Programmer

About the Employer

At Rebellion Oxford we are looking for an AI Programmer to join our other AI specialists writing C++ code that will form part of the overall gameplay AI on one of our exciting projects, for both PC and consoles, within the framework of Rebellion’s proprietary engine AI systems. As you will be joining an experienced game team who work efficiently and quickly on cutting-edge technology, you will need to be able to quickly familiarise yourself with a large existing codebase and learn new skills as you work.


Want to know more? You can watch our video here;

Inside the Rebellion coding team.


This role is full-time based in-house at our Oxford headquarters. We can consider permanent or contract employment but not freelance or agencies. You must be able to legally work in the UK.


Ideally we are looking for at least 2 years’ experience in the games industry, working on a major console and successfully implementing AI techniques into a game, however exceptional candidates who can demonstrate a personal project incorporating AI algorithms will also be considered. A strong academic background is preferred with a 1st class or 2:1 degree in Computer Science, Maths, Physics or other science-related subject, or equivalent professional games programming experience.


Responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement cutting-edge, intuitive artificial intelligence solutions for next-gen gameplay, debugging, maintaining and extending your own and existing AI code
  • Write robust and maintainable code, optimising code and data for memory usage and performance per platform
  • Meet game design and technical requirements as well as internal coding standards, communicating with designers, artists and other coders to ensure AI satisfies game requirements and quality
  • Identify and solve development obstacles or risks that arise, suggesting improvements and implementing solutions to improve performance and reliability
  • Write and maintain technical documentation
  • Research new tools, techniques and processes and how they can benefit Rebellion
  • Collaborate productively within a large multi-disciplined project team environment, communicating ideas and issues clearly, and supporting all coders on your team as required
  • Be responsive to deadlines and work well under pressure, meeting multiple production objectives and deadlines

Requirements

  • Excellent C++ skills at a professional level
  • Strong object-orientated programming and technical design, profiling and optimising, system design and 3D math skills, with sound knowledge of AI techniques (FSMs, path finding, behaviour trees, etc)
  • Excellent debugging and problem-solving skills under pressure
  • Capable of quickly familiarising yourself to work with a large existing codebase, learning new systems and concepts and implementing them quickly and efficiently
  • Ability to structure and build a large system with others, working on a system from conception to completion, prototyping as well as producing final code
  • Good spoken and written communication skills, able to collaborate productively, communicating ideas and issues clearly to non-technical staff
  • Great team-work with game developers from all disciplines across the project, and the ability to accept and follow direction, with excellent initiative, self-motivation and organisational skills
  • General knowledge of current games, consoles, multiplayer development, and/or development tools such as Visual Studio and Perforce or other version control systems would be an advantage
  • A genuine interest in playing games

Benefits

  • Holiday: 26 holiday days annually, increasing with service to 31 days, plus national public holidays
  • Private Medical Insurance: Our PMI scheme offers comprehensive cover to access private medical treatment, taking the stress and strain out of waiting for treatments via the NHS
  • Pension Contribution: Tax efficient salary sacrifice contributory pension scheme where Rebellion matches 4% of salary, plus 10% of any contribution you make
  • Healthcare Cash Plan: Cash-back on treatment costs, from flu jabs to chiropractors
  • Dental & Vision: Cash-back on routine or emergency costs, free eye tests
  • Income Protection: Financial help if unable to work due to illness or injury
  • Critical Illness: Financial help if diagnosed with critical illness
  • Life Assurance: Financial security for your loved ones at a difficult time
  • EAP: Wellbeing hub, including confidential telephone support and counselling
  • Active Rewards: Earn discounts and other perks for physical activity, from trainers to cinema tickets
  • Gym Membership: Discounts to over 3,000 participating UK gyms, pools & fitness events
  • Loans: Interest free, tax-free loans
  • Relocation: Assistance with relocation planning and costs
  • Cycling Cycle Scheme: Save around 30% of the cost of a new bike and equipment though salary sacrifice tax & NI savings, spread repayments over 12 months
  • Discounts: 50% off most 2000 AD merchandise, plus Active Rewards and more through health schemes, from high street retail to holidays
  • Referral Bonus: Up to £2k bonus for internal staff referrals that lead to hires
  • Flexible Hours: Flexible start and finish times
  • Great Friendly Culture: Friendly, creative and relaxed working atmosphere, with sensibly managed projects and recognition of the importance of work-life balance (anti-crunch)
  • Social & Charity Events: Annual Summer BBQ & Christmas Party, social groups such as photography and board games, charity events including football, go-karting and supporting Special Effect
  • Digital Freebies: GDC Vault access, all Rebellion Steam titles, digital copies of 2000 AD and Rebellion Publishing comics, graphic novels and ebooks, physical game and film libraries