Senior/Staff Technical Artist



Foster City, CA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, January 18, 2023
Simulation at Zoox is a diverse group of artists and engineers who create virtual worlds to test and train autonomous vehicles. Our fully automated simulation tools test various modalities in plausible 3d worlds each time data changes.
We are looking for a Senior Technical Artist to lead the development of Houdini based procedural buildings that are used in our 3D Simulator and Synthetic Data pipelines. This individual will drive new features that improve our building systems while maintaining existing functionality. We’ll be growing our database with new building types and adding support for things like attachments, variations, fully procedural residential buildings or interior rendering. Coding tasks might include headless control/hython, json based rules, QT UIs and tasks more suited to content generation.
You'll have access to state-of-the-art real world data, artist created content and innovative rendering technology while working with Zoox’s custom renderer and simulation pipeline.


  • 10+ years in AAA gaming or similar
  • Strong background creating procedural content
  • Strong knowledge of Houdini / Vex (5+ years)
  • Strong knowledge of Python
  • Proactively identify problems and propose solutions
  • Solid Math related to environment art and cg
  • A portfolio or reel, including a detailed breakdown

Bonus Qualifications

  • Virtual cities
  • Maya / Mel
  • PBR
  • Shaders
  • Experience writing tools for artists
  • Perforce
  • Linux
  • Machine learning for content creation
  • Substance Designer/PainterReal-time experience (Unreal or similar engine)
There are three major components to compensation for this position: salary, Amazon Restricted Stock Units (RSUs), and Zoox Stock Appreciation Rights. The salary will range from $164,000 - $266,000. A sign-on bonus may be part of a compensation package. Compensation will vary based on geographic location, job-related knowledge, skills, and experience.
Zoox also offers a comprehensive package of benefits including paid time off (e.g. sick leave, vacation, bereavement), unpaid time off, Zoox Stock Appreciation Rights, Amazon RSUs, health insurance, long-term care insurance, long-term and short-term disability insurance, and life insurance.
About Zoox
Zoox is developing the first ground-up, fully autonomous vehicle fleet and the supporting ecosystem required to bring this technology to market. Sitting at the intersection of robotics, machine learning, and design, Zoox aims to provide the next generation of mobility-as-a-service in urban environments. We’re looking for top talent that shares our passion and wants to be part of a fast-moving and highly execution-oriented team.
If you need an accommodation to participate in the application or interview process please reach out to accommodations@zoox.com or your assigned recruiter.
A Final Note:
You do not need to match every listed expectation to apply for this position. Here at Zoox, we know that diverse perspectives foster the innovation we need to be successful, and we are committed to building a team that encompasses a variety of backgrounds, experiences, and skills.