Animator (Mid-Level or Senior)

Bethesda Game Studios - Austin, Art

Bethesda Games Studios is looking for a highly motivated Animator with a passion for online games to join our production team in Austin, TX.

NOTE: Work samples are required with your application.  Required demo reel should include examples of previous animation work. A shot breakdown should also be included with an explanation of responsibilities.


  • Produce top-quality, hand-keyed animation assets
  • Implement animation assets into game engine and iterate as needed
  • Troubleshoot and solve animation issues with all departments
  • Work with our character artists to develop proper models for animation
  • Collaborate with other disciplines to create a cohesive vision and experience
  • Contribute to the creative process with original ideas and inspiration


  • Strong understanding of the principles of animation and character anatomy
  • Experience with both human and creature animation
  • Extensive knowledge in Maya
  • Ability to maintain a consistent style throughout production
  • Receptive to constructive feedback and willingness to work through an iterative process
  • Prioritize tasks with management and remain accountable to deadlines
  • Adapt to technical dependencies and engine limitations
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills
  • Aptitude for quickly learning new systems

Desired Skills

  • 3+ years of production experience as an animator
  • Previous AAA game development and multiple shipped titles
  • Experience working on live games
  • Experience in creating animation state machines and blend trees in a game engine
  • Experience animating in 3dsMax (or willingness to learn)
  • Experience with motion capture transfer, editing and cleanup
  • Motion Builder experience
  • Fundamental understanding of character rigging
  • Passion for video games
  • Strong familiarity with Bethesda Game Studios 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.