Character Animation Research Intern

About the Employer

We are a small team of artists and researchers developing cutting-edge technology for character animation. Our focus is on developing tools to produce the highest quality results with low-cost capture equipment in order to give as many developers as possible access to character animation. Our team emphasizes combining traditional approaches with recent advances in machine learning to overcome limitations with low-cost equipment. We iterate rapidly on our software through close collaboration between the artists and researchers on our team and are constantly addressing new research problems.

We are looking for an intern researcher to join our team for the summer. You will have the opportunity to define and explore your own open-ended research problem related to performance capture techniques. You will have access to highly-skilled character artists and animators who can provide data to support your work as well as provide valuable feedback on the practicality of your research. You’ll have the opportunity to publish your work in academic conferences and journals if desired.


  • Research unsolved problems in performance capture for facial and/or body animation
  • Apply machine learning methods to open animation problems
  • Work in close collaboration with artists and other researchers


  • Experience with C/C++ and/or Python
  • Experience driving original research as demonstrated through publications
  • Background in machine learning, deep learning, and computer vision
  • Good communication skills with researchers, engineers, and artists
  • Currently enrolled in a Ph.D. or M.S. program in computer science or a related field

Bonus Points

  • Understanding of common character rigging and animation techniques
  • Familiarity with Python-based deep learning libraries

About Unity Technologies

Unity is the world’s leading platform for creating and operating real-time 3D (RT3D) content. Creators, ranging from game developers to artists, architects, automotive designers, filmmakers, and others, use Unity to make their imaginations come to life. Unity’s platform provides a comprehensive set of software solutions to create, run and monetize interactive, real-time 2D and 3D content for mobile phones, tablets, PCs, consoles, and augmented and virtual reality devices.

The company’s 1,400+ person research and development team keeps Unity at the forefront of development by working alongside partners to ensure optimized support for the latest releases and platforms. Apps developed by Unity creators were downloaded more than three billion times per month in 2019 on more than two billion unique devices. For more information, please visit

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