Sr. Engine/Graphics Programmer


Posted 12.12.2016

Santa Monica Studio is seeking a Senior Engine Programmer to join the team behind the critically acclaimed God of War games.

This generalist role builds and supports engine and graphics systems for run-time and in tools. Customers are the content creators, who require state-of-the-art technology and rendering features. Of primary importance is the quality of the authoring experience and the ability to iterate and achieve superior results. A requirement of the role is to maintain an open dialog with customers, inviting feedback, and identifying areas of improvement.

We value talent, self-motivation, and team spirit. In turn, we provide an environment with a large degree of freedom and autonomy.


  • Design and implement systems and tools for engine, rendering, and technology needs, such as streaming, world editing and rendering, shaders, lighting, particles, effects, and so on
  • Support and assist customers in their use of these systems and tools
  • Write clear, maintainable, portable, and highly functional code
  • Profile and performance-tune code to remove bottlenecks
  • Test and document code produced
  • Work on runtime engine tasks in support of specific project requirements as needed
  • Mentor and guide less experienced programmers


  • B.Sc. degree in computer science, or equivalent experience
  • Minimum 5 years’ professional programming experience
  • Expert in modern rendering techniques and engine-related issues
  • Strong programming generalist with solid code architecture skills
  • Expertise in C and C++
  • Proficient in linear algebra
  • Enthusiasm and initiative
  • Excellent spoken and written communication
  • Able and motivated to work with other team members
  • Commitment to code quality, documentation, and sound testing procedures

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