Senior Animation Programmer

Permanent employee, Full-time · Amsterdam, Remote


As a Senior Animation Programmer, you will be integral to our development team, focusing on the design and implementation of scalable and high-performance animation systems that will be part of our proprietary engine based on Entity Component System (ECS) and Data-Oriented Design (DOD) principles.

Beyond your technical expertise, your role includes shaping our vision and strategy, and advocating for innovative approaches and technologies. Your role isn't just about creating functionalities but also about fostering a deep understanding across the team, enabling them to leverage these tools effectively in their roles.

  • Design and implement scalable, high-performance animation systems that meet the project's needs, including technologies, pipeline, and tools.

  • Adopt a breadth-first development approach, ensuring our animation systems are designed for scalability and implemented iteratively.

  • Collaborate closely with animators and content team members, aligning the tools and functionalities with their needs. Maintain clear and comprehensive documentation, and regularly communicate about the capabilities and limitations of our animation systems and tools.

  • Stay abreast of new and emerging technologies in animation, incorporating these advancements into our systems where beneficial.

  • Ensure the code you develop is platform independent, maintaining compatibility across our targeted platforms.

  • Strong understanding of animation principles for game development, demonstrating your grasp of the art and science of motion in our projects.

  • Strong comprehension of the intersection between animation and physics, with experience in creating realistic, physics-based animations for a more immersive experience.

  • Excellent knowledge of mathematics, underscoring your technical knowledge and comprehension of the fundamental principles that drive animation programming.

  • Proficiency in C/C++, with a proven track record of developing efficient and complex solutions.

  • Good communication skills in both verbal and written English, enabling clear and effective communication across all levels of the organization.

  • Highly motivated to engage with new and emerging technologies, demonstrating a willingness to explore and apply unconventional methods.

  • Experience in developing large-scale, open-world games or other real-time interactive simulations, demonstrating your ability to handle ambitious and complex projects.

  • Practical exposure to or knowledge of machine learning-driven animation techniques, showing your familiarity with cutting-edge animation technology.

  • Experience with developing animation systems for an online multiplayer environment, addressing issues such as synchronization, latency, and scalability.

Hybrid (within the Netherlands), or fully remote across Europe.
About us
At PLAYERUNKNOWN Productions we believe in a flexible work environment driven by honesty and transparency, empowering both developers and researchers to build the tools that can form the foundation of a new generation of interactive worlds. We are a passionate team of committed individuals from all over the world, working towards building the kind of experience that is only now becoming possible. We believe that the longstanding dream of a massive, immersive world where players are free to do whatever they want is closer than ever before, and we believe that we can make it happen.

PLAYERUNKNOWN Productions is an independent development studio based in Amsterdam, focused on creating massive sandbox worlds. Our multi-disciplinary team is using an array of new and emerging technologies to push the envelope of what is possible with open worlds in gaming. Our goal is to build deep, systemic playgrounds on a planetary scale, populated by thousands of players.

MELBA Team is PLAYERUNKNOWN Productions’ applied research division. Project Melba is a new simulation engine being built from the ground up, utilizing data-driven design, multi-core processing and machine learning at its foundation in order to power virtual worlds on a scale beyond the capabilities of current technology. 


Building a world
Join our group of talented and passionate people from all over the world working towards building the future of gaming. 

Going Dutch
We go by the Dutch law and start with a 12-month contract with the intent to offer a permanent contract afterwards. 

Relocation support
If you are not living in the Netherlands yet, we will support, you and your close ones during the relocation process.

Convenient location & commuting allowance
Our centrally located office is easy to get to from any part of the Netherlands, and we will reimburse you for your commute. 

Comprehensive benefits 
We provide a contribution to your health insurance and pension as well as a work from home allowance - we got you covered! 

13th month salary
Enjoy a 13th month of salary at the end of the year for a little extra holiday money. If you haven’t been with us a full year, you’ll still get a pro-rata bonus based on how long you’ve been employed.

Flexible Schedule
You are free to work and hang out with us every day in our Amsterdam Studio. If you prefer to work from home, you can take advantage of three work-from-home days a week.

All you can eat
No need to worry about drinks, snacks, and lunch while in the studio.

You will have 25 days off and 3 extra studio days off throughout the year. You can also celebrate your birthday with an extra day off! 


Benefits differ per country but we grant a 13th month salary to all our employees.


If there is anything you would like to know before hitting the "APPLY" button you can always reach out to one of our Recruiters:

Email Natalia Grajek 

Email Eddie O'Connor
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