Senior 3D Artist

Job description

Chatterbug is building the internet’s most effective system to learn languages, and we’re now pushing this further with an immersive and fun learning experience in virtual reality. We are searching for a senior 3D artist who will develop a style that references our current 2D assets and their friendly appeal and then model and animate distinct and recognizable characters, interactive props and interesting environments for our virtual reality software. 



About the job

We believe that virtual reality and specifically the new generation of stand alone units provide the opportunity to learn a new language in an immersive spatial context that has never been possible before. The VR team (currently three developers) works closely with Chatterbug's Language Experience team, who are experts in teaching languages. Together, we're building an immersive virtual setting that will allow students to acquire and retain vocabulary and grammar more intuitively and efficiently than previously possible.


We are looking to add an experienced 3D artist to our team in Berlin to refine the visual style of our VR application and create animated characters and interactive props for our scenes. We want our users to experience a friendly and welcoming environment that supports their success as language learners and reflects Chatterbug's strong visual branding. Building effective workflows will be central to ensuring this is consistent and can be efficiently replicated across our VR product.


 

About you

As the first artist in the VR team, you'll take on the responsibility for all 3D models and animations. We're looking for someone with experience with the game engine Unity, who knows how to provide high quality and highly performant assets that work on a mobile device like the Oculus Quest.


You have first-hand knowledge of what works and doesn't tend to work in VR and can creatively cooperate with others to build amazing experiences. You want to work in a team that iterates quickly, listens to real users and ships fast.


If you're an active learner whose passions include learning languages, that's a big plus! (If you know a language other than English please tell us!)


 

Working at Chatterbug

Although we are a small team, we have a big product. We are an experienced team with backgrounds at GitHub and other major tech companies with funding from top investors in Silicon Valley and Europe. Our team works extremely reasonable hours and we have a strong commitment to work-life balance.

 

Beyond language learning, we’re on a bigger mission to help make lots of jobs for people who only need one skill: how to speak their native language. We currently teach German, Spanish and French to English speakers, as well as English to Spanish speakers. We have an international team and an international product, and we’re proud of it.

 

Curious about how the company operates? Here’s a quick overview:

 

  • Work/life balance matters. We work a full day then go home, and please set up your Do Not Disturb. That Slack message can wait, can’t it? We think so too.

  • Remote flexibility. Our largest office is in Berlin with ~35 people, but our team is encouraged to travel and work from home when needed. Because of the vast time zone spread (9 hours now!), we focus on asynchronous communication when possible, via Slack and Basecamp.

  • Face time brings us together. Since we’re split up over the world, we put a lot of value on our weekly in-video “Chattermeet” all-hands meetings. We share what’s happening in the company, our product, our curriculum, and occasionally some tidbits about our lives too.

  • Learning first. We have monthly breakfast meetings at our Berlin office to teach about our systems and we encourage our employees to network and be continual learners at professional events.

  • Pitch us. Ideas for our company and our product can come from all levels or layers of the organization—you just need to write it up or propose it!


 

Your benefits

  • A key role in shaping a brand new and exciting part of the company 

  • We’ll pay for you to learn a language - either with us or take a class, on us. You can also elect a friend or family member to learn with us for free, too

  • 26 days paid leave

  • Regular fun events, team dinners and an annual company summit abroad

  • A lovely, apartment style office in the heart of Berlin (with free fruit!)


 





Want to apply?

Click the Apply for this Job button! If you have a resume, please feel free to upload it, but we're more interested in why you think Chatterbug might be a good fit for you and what you've done before. The cover letter is your chance to shine! Don't forget to list any relevant links (including side projects, etc) and if it is a team project please let us know your most interesting contribution. Please include some wireframe renderings in your portfolio. We look forward to hearing from you!

Requirements

Requirements

  • You live in Berlin or are willing to move here (and have a valid work permit)
  • Experience creating appealing character models and props and animating assets
  • The assets you create are optimized for smooth virtual reality at maximum frame rate
  • Good understanding of state of the art pipelines
  • Experience working with a 3D game engine - we use Unity
  • Have worked on a small team or desire to do so
  • Worked on released games or VR applications