Real-time VFX Technical Artist

Niantic inc., Seattle Area (Bellevue)

Building technologies and ideas that move us

Duration: Full-Time

Niantic Labs, creator of Ingress and Pokémon GO, seeks an expert Real-Time VFX Technical Artist to develop inspiring visuals in both creative and technical ways. We’re a fast-moving, multi-disciplinary team of software developers and creative professionals based in San Francisco, Seattle, and Sunnyvale. You will be responsible working with Unity and other graphics tools to merge the virtual with the real world and to encourage players to go on adventures on foot.

Please submit a portfolio including visual and code samples with your resume when applying.


  • Create beautiful visual effects for Niantic’s real-world games on the mobile platform
  • Write and edit cutting-edge graphics shaders that meet visual and performance target
  • Collaborate with engineering and product teams to help build features and solve creative problems
  • Facilitate communication and asset pipeline between engineering and artist teams


  • Expert-level experience with Unity Game Engine
  • Ability to author and manipulate surface shaders or vertex/fragment shader code to create awesome real-time VFX
  • Expert-level experience with Shuriken or similar in-game particle systems
  • A solid sense of creativity and a good eye for judging compelling VFX
  • Knowledge of optimizing real-time 3D-graphics pipeline for mobile platforms
  • BS or MS degree in design or technical field is a plus

Key Skills

  • Unity 3D, C#, Real-time VFX, Artistic skills
Join the Niantic team!

Niantic’s mission is to use emerging technology to create experiences in the real world. We build products that inspire outdoor exploration, exercise, and face-to-face social interaction.

Originally formed at Google in 2010, we became an independent company with a strong group of investors including Nintendo, The Pokémon Company, and Alsop Louie Partners. We build games that get people outside and exploring. We enable our players to have fun while visiting new places, learning about the world around them, and meeting new friends. 

We launched Ingress, an immersive real-world mobile game played by millions of people in over 200 countries and territories, and downloaded over 20 million times. We also develop Pokémon GO, which has broken world records and been downloaded over 750 million times in its first year. We announced Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, our latest much-anticipated AR game.

We're a hard-working, fun, and exciting group who love what we do! We have offices located in San Francisco, Sunnyvale, Bellevue, Los Angeles, Tokyo, and Hamburg.

About Niantic inc.

Leaders in Augmented Reality Niantic is building a state of the art augmented reality platform for current and future generations of AR hardware. Our real-world gaming platform includes a massively scalable engine for shared state and user interactions already proven to support hundreds of millions of users and a client platform that sets the standard for mapping, security, and AR capabilities. Niantic is hard at work solving challenges to realize the full potential of augmented reality using technologies such as machine learning and computer vision.

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