Lead Researcher

Permanent employee, Full-time · Amsterdam

As a Lead Researcher, you'll lead a team of researchers and engineers, pushing the boundaries of gaming by integrating machine learning algorithms and models into gaming ​environemnts. Your collaborative spirit will be key as you work with game designers, developers, and artists to create ​immersive gaming experiences.
  • Lead and mentor a team of machine learning researchers and engineers providing technical guidance and fostering professional growth.
  • Conduct research and development in machine learning techniques tailored for improving gameplay, AI behavior, and game content generation.
  • Collaborate with game designers to define and implement machine learning-driven gameplay features.
  • Stay up-to-date  with the latest advancements in machine learning and gaming technologies, ensuring the team leverages industry best practices and emerging techniques.
  • Lead the development and deployment of machine learning solutions within the gaming environment.
  • Manage project timelines and resources to deliver high-quality, innovative gaming experiences.
  • Communicate complex technical concepts to both technical and non-technical team members and stakeholders.
  • Ensure that machine learning implementations in games adhere to ethical and player experience standards.
  • Ph.D. or Master's degree in Machine Learning, Computer Science, or a related field.
  • Proven experience in applying machine learning to game development with a portfolio of successful projects.
  • Excellent leadership, project management, and communication skills.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a creative and fast-paced development environment.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Proficiency in programming languages used in game development, such as C++.
  • Strong knowledge of game design principles and the gaming industry.
  • Experience with game engines and tools commonly used in game development.
  • Knowledge of real-time rendering techniques and graphics programming.
  • Proven record of publications or contributions related to machine learning ( related to gaming is a plus).
  • Familiarity with game development pipelines and workflows.

​Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Hybrid)
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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