Realtime Technical Artist (Must Have Lighting Experience)

Magnopus Los Angeles , CA 90014

Posted 2 months ago

Magnopus is a content-focused technology company founded by a team of Oscar-winning artists, designers, and engineers from games, films, and other unusual places. Were passionate about creating rich experiences across the physical and digital worlds in ways people havent experienced yet.

Because were building the future, we endeavor to create a diverse, creative workplace where people from many perspectives collaborate across disciplines to create amazing things together. We invest in our employee's progression with ongoing education and mentorship opportunities through their guilds, and support their happiness and productivity through generous health care, time off, and other benefits.

We try to foster a safe environment where we can take risks, and learn from our failures. While we value individual talents, we favor teamwork more. We believe that the leadership of the company works for the employees, not the other way around. We feel strongly that our employees guide who we are as a company and the work we create, so we look for characteristics of curiosity, empathy, respect, honesty, and courage in every candidate.

Job Description

Were seeking a Realtime Tech Artist with extensive lighting experience to join our Los Angeles-based team on a variety of projects that cover a range from Mobile and Headset based AR, PC and Mobile VR, and console platforms. The Realtime Tech Artist will be responsible for building tools, scripts and shaders, maintaining pipelines and providing technical support for artists and engineers on VR/AR projects. In addition, the candidate must have demonstrable experience with in-game lighting. The candidate must have a high level of comfort working equally within the realm of art and programming. They must work closely with the art team to establish and maintain performance and visual style on device, while ensuring efficient creation and integration of game assets within multiple platforms. This person will also help develop content creation, performance guidelines through tools, documentation and communication. They will also work with engineers to manage 3D assets and materials and generate scripts in real-time engines. This person serves as a bridge between art, engineering and design.


  • Produce high quality artwork in a creative production environment
  • Author and optimize high-quality assets to be efficient across a range of desktop and mobile VR/AR platforms
  • Develop appropriate tech tools, shaders and pipelines to be leveraged by artists
  • Collaborate with engineers to build features and solve creative technical problems
  • Assist animators and artists with troubleshooting - issues may include animation, rigs, shaders and FX
  • Create compelling lighting for a variety of environments while maintaining a consistent style throughout the experience
  • Ensure that lighting assets meet budget requirements
  • Create, maintain and tweak shaders to allow for look development to support quality lighting



  • Experience in game asset creation using Maya, or related experience/software - able to generate clean and efficient models with proper UVs and textures at a very fast pace
  • Experience with PBR creation tools (Substance, Quixel, Mari)
  • Extensive experience with real-time game engines (Unity or equivalent engine) from asset integration to in-engine shader creation
  • Ability to creatively direct the eye, create the mood and tell a story through lighting
  • Extensive experience creating in-game lighting using Unity, Unreal, or a comparable development software
  • A portfolio or demo reel that demonstrates an exceptional eye for detail and the ability to use light, shadow, and color to create a variety of moods and tones
  • Experience creating and working with color grades, post effects, color LUTs, and tone mapping
  • Through understanding of real-time lighting techniques (including dynamic lights, HDR, pre-baked light map solutions, and vertex lighting
  • Self-motivated, good communicator, and a great team-player!

Bonus Points

  • Have shipped AAA PC or console titles as a lighting artist
  • Experience lighting pre-rendered film or animation
  • Strong illustration or photography skills
  • Past experience working with VR/AR content and understanding what makes these mysterious worlds so enticing
  • Honest and heartfelt desire to make the world a genuinely better place

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Magnopus employees enjoy a competitive benefits package as well as some amazing perks:

  • Meaningful, purpose-driven work
  • Great teammates
  • 100% employer paid premiums on health, dental, and vision Insurance
  • Generous vacation & paid time off
  • 401(k)
  • Flexible Remote working plans (particularly during Covid events)
  • Top of the line tech and tools
  • Comfy office chairs and stand-up desks
  • Free gym membership (located in our building)
  • Transportation assistance
  • Magnocademy (our peer learning program)
  • Lunch clubs (including D&D, board games, and knitting)
  • On-site happy hours
  • Weekly breakfasts
  • Range of complimentary snacks and drinks
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