Animation Programmer

Bethesda Game Studios, Programming

Bethesda Game Studios is looking for a talented Animation Programmer to join our team that is pushing the bleeding-edge AAA game development for PC and Consoles. The Animation Programmer will work closely with artists, lead engine programmers, designers and producers to implement and optimize game features for current and next generation AAA games. 


  • Work side-by-side with Technical Artists, Animators, and Gameplay Engineers;
  • Own the animation pipeline from concept to realization;
  • Create and implement technology and techniques that provide a leading-edge animation experience.



  • 5+ years game industry software development experience;
  • Expert level knowledge of real-time animation systems;
  • Extensive experience with one or more real-time animation middleware (eg: Havok Animation, Granny, HumanIK, Morpheme) or equivalent custom/in-house solutions;
  • Experience developing or working with animation blend graphs, real-time IK, animation compression, and/or advanced animation memory management (streaming);
  • Enjoys working daily with animators and technical arts to help craft solutions to complex problems;
  • Prior experience acting as an owner of animation systems;
  • Passion for Bethesda Game Studios titles.

Desired Skills

  • Experience developing for multiple platforms (OSX, Windows, PS4, XBox One);
  • Experience with animation systems;
  • Generalist experience or prior experience in other core areas of game development, such as AI or gameplay programming;
  • Passion for developing and playing games.

What to Expect

Submit to a Position

You will receive an automated email confirming we have received your resume.

Due to the high volume of applications received, it's not possible for us to respond directly to each candidate.

Don't see your desired position listed? Apply under "General Application" instead!

Recruiter Call

If you are selected, you will be contacted by our team for an initial phone screen to chat about your previous experience.

You may go through one or two phone interviews, and possibly a follow-up Skype call.

If your qualifications do not match the criteria of a current position, your resume will be kept on file.

Site Visit

The next step will be an invitation to come out and meet the team at the studio for onsite interviews.

In the event that we choose not to move forward at any point in the recruiting process, we will let you know.