3D Digital Artist


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Why this role is important

We are looking for a 3D Digital artist to help update, maintain, and expand a library of photo-realistic assets in Unity. The library ranges from various small household items (magazines, cups, car keys, apples etc.) to larger, more expansive environmental architecture like cabinets and entire floor plans.
This is a temporary position (3 months approx.) and part-time (about 20 hours per week). 

What you’ll be doing:

  • Maintaining and using a Unity / Autodesk Maya asset pipeline
  • Being familiar with Unity 2017, working with team members to ensure models are imported/exported/updated with the correct scale
  • Updating existing .fbx files in the Unity project- editing the mesh, textures, normal maps, UV maps, and other aspects of the models as needed
  • Creating new assets for the library of items as needed
  • Updating and maintaining organization of assets in the Unity project folders

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Autodesk Maya proficiency 
  • Unity 2017 familiarity
  • Autodesk Maya and Unity 2017 pipeline proficiency 
  • Adobe Photoshop or comparable image editing experience
  • Version Control (Github or comparable) familiarity
  • Strong overall background in photo-realistic 3D renders

Extra Qualifications:

  • Experience using shaders and lighting in Unity 
  • Experience with other modeling or editing software: 3D Max, Zbrush, Substance Painter, etc.
  • Experience with creating realistic particle effects or fluid effects in Unity


About AI2

The Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence is a non-profit research institute in Seattle founded by Paul Allen and headed by Professor Oren Etzioni. The core mission of AI2 is to contribute to humanity through high-impact research in artificial intelligence.

Why AI2

In addition to AI2’s core mission, we also aim to contribute to humanity through how we treat each member of the AI2 Team! Some highlights are:

  • We are a learning organization – because everything AI2 does is ground-breaking, we are learning every day. Similarly, through weekly AI2 Academy lectures, a wide variety of world-class AI experts as guest speakers, and our commitment to your personal on-going education, AI2 is place where you will have opportunities to continue learning right alongside us;
  • We value diversity - We seek to hire, support, and promote people from all genders, ethnicities, and all levels of experience regardless of age. We particularly encourage applications from women, non-binary individuals, people of color, members of the LGBTQA+ community, and people with disabilities of any kind.
  • We value inclusion - We understand the value that people's individual experiences and perspectives can bring to an organization, and we are building a culture in which all voices are heard, respected and considered.
  • We emphasize a healthy work/life balance – we believe our team members are happiest and most productive when their work/life balance is optimized. While we value powerful research results which drive our mission forward, we also value dinner with family, weekend time, and vacation time. We offer generous paid vacation and sick leave as well as family leave;
  • We are collaborative and transparent – we consider ourselves a team, all moving with a common purpose. We are quick to cheer our successes, and even quicker to share and jointly problem solve our failures;
  • We are in Seattle – and our office is on the water! We have mountains, we have lakes, we have four seasons, we bike to work, we have a vibrant theater scene, and we have so much else. We even have kayaks for you to paddle right outside our front door;
  • We welcome interest from applicants from outside of the United States;
  • We are friendly chances are you will like every one of the 70+ (and growing!) people who work here. We do!

AI2 is proud to be an Equal Opportunity employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, transgender status, sexual stereotypes, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.

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