Contract

If you are interested in applying for a contract position at Lionhead Studios please send a copy of your CV, accompanied by showreel/work examples (as appropriate) to lhrdirap@microsoft.com for consideration. Please note that only applications relating to contract vacancies will be dealt with through this email address.

Technical SDET

6 - 12 month contract

We need more great engineers! Here in Microsoft Studios we believe that great games are developed by diverse teams. Autonomous teams that include people focused on everything from creative to test. Test for us is at the heart of our development process and we are looking for strong engineers to join our teams and help us solve some of the hardest problems in game development.

Knowledge, Skills & Experience

  • SQL, NOSQL
  • Specflow/Selenium or other testing frameworks
  • Distributed services architecture
  • Monitoring tools and techniques
  • Test first development following SOLID principles

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Services SDET

6 - 12 month contract

We need more great engineers! Here in Microsoft Studios we believe that great games are developed by diverse teams. Autonomous teams that include people focused on everything from creative to test. Test for us is at the heart of our development process and we are looking for strong engineers to join our teams and help us solve some of the hardest problems in game development.

Knowledge, Skills & Experience

As an experienced services Software Engineer, you will have experience of the full development cycle for a complex service architecture, using C# and the latest .NET technologies with a focus on multithreaded and asynchronous development. 

Working in a BDD team, you will have a good understanding of cloud service development, deployment, performance and load testing.  It is also very desirable for you to have experience with:

  • SQL, NOSQL
  • Specflow/Selenium or other testing frameworks
  • Distributed services architecture
  • Monitoring tools and techniques
  • Test first development following SOLID principles

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Standard Gameplay Programmer

12 month contract

Knowledge, Skills & Experience

  • Previous experience working on AAA game projects in a gameplay rol
  • Demonstrated ability to work with existing codebases and middleware solutions
  • Previous experience of analyzing and performance tuning code
  • Advanced understanding in C/C++ (4+ years proven industry experience).
  • Strong 3D Maths
  • Strong understanding of Performance methods and/or hardware
  • Broad understanding of AI, Game Networking and Audio.
  • Broad understanding and experience of producing data-driven systems.
  • Broad understanding of multiplayer gameplay features

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Environment Artist

12 month contract.

Two roles to fill.

Primary Priority for Role

  • Have a strong aesthetic for making visually stunning in game levels
  • Able to work from base white box levels and pretty using existing assets to final visual quality.
  • To interpret Artistic Vision from concept and add visual flare to level.
  • Maintain a balance between visual quality and performance requirements
  • Good communications skills between level design and graphics engineers
  • Experience of using next generation Graphic Engine, Unreal preferred

 

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Services Developer (Infrastructure)

12 month contract

Essential Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Experience of implementing web and service architecture with C#, ASP.NET MVC 4+, HTML5, CSS & JavaScript
  • Knowledge of Continuous Integration and Continuous Deployment systems
  • Experience working with Visual Studio 2012+, MSBuild and TFS
  • Experience of developing responsive, usable and clean user interfaces
  • Knowledge of testing methodologies and frameworks
  • Demonstrated ability to work with existing codebases and middleware tools frameworks
  • Strong problem-solving and debugging skills
  • Proven experience working with users to define and refine requirements

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FX Artist

12 month contract.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Strong technical ability to model and texture.
  • Experience in Unreal and Maya.
  • Preferably some competence in digital painting or concept art
  • Preferably a knowledge of the basic principles of animation
  • Preferably has worked on a shipped AAA console title.
  • Experience with the creation of next-gen shaders and materials

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Junior Technical Designer

12 month contraxct

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • A Passion for building systems and features
  • Experience and understanding of coding and good coding practices
  • Demonstrable portfolio of either scripted levels or features from personal projects
  • Experience using at least one industry standard engine (UE4, Unity, UE3, CryEngine etc.)
  • Up to date on the latest design trends, concepts and studios
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • A keen interest in Shooters, Action RPGs or RTS games, preferably all three

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Standard Technical Designer

12 month contract.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • A minimum of 3 years’ experience as a game designer, scripter or coder, with one technical role working with a scripting language.
  • Strong knowledge of scripting (Kismet, Lua, or similar) and understanding of programming
  • Demonstrable portfolio of either scripted levels or features from personal experience
  • Up to date on the latest design trends, concepts and studios
  • Able to work well with a team in a dynamic, cross-discipline, and iterative setting
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • A keen interest in Shooters, Action RPGs or RTS games, preferably all three

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Multiplayer Game Programmer

12 month contract

  • Strong C++
  • Familiarity with network game development
  • Previous experience working on AAA projects
  • Demonstrated ability to work within large existing codebases and middleware solutions

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Services Developer

12 month contract

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

 

  • Experience of full development cycle for a complex service architecture
  • C# programming and debugging skills utilising the latest .NET technologies
  • Service design and implementation in MVC or WebAPI
  • Good understanding of TPL, Rx and async/await
  • Advocate for TDD and SOLID development methodologies
  • Proactive, ambitious, enthusiastic and with great communication skills
  • Proven ability in technical and architectural design
  • Strong understanding of Agile/SCRUM discipline
  • Ability to work in a creative lead organisation
  • An appetite for the industry and staying abreast of latest developments and technologies
  • A passion for computer gaming

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Experienced AI Programmer

12 month contract

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Previous experience working on multiple AAA game projects in an AI related role.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with existing codebases and middleware solutions.
  • Ability to work in agile environments and teams.
  • Advanced understanding in C/C++ (3-5 years proven industry experience).
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work in multi-discipline teams.
  • Proven ability to work effectively with designers to match their vision.
  • Strong understanding of Animation and Game Networking.
  • Understanding and experience of producing data-driven systems.
  • Knowledge of Unreal Engine 3 or 4 a distinct plus.
  • Experience of multiplayer gameplay features.
  • Strong knowledge of AI programming areas such as:
    • Finite state machines
    • Fuzzy logic
    • Path finding
    • Goal directed reasoning
    • Squad and group tactics
    • Agent based simulation
    • Machine learning techniques

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Gameplay Programmer

12 month contract

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Previous experience working on multiple AAA game projects in a gameplay role.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with existing codebases and middleware solutions.
  • Ability to work in agile environments and teams.
  • Advanced understanding in C/C++ (3-5 years proven industry experience).
  • Strong 3D Maths.
  • Strong understanding of Animation, AI, Game Networking and Audio.
  • Understanding and experience of producing data-driven systems.
  • Knowledge of Unreal Engine 3 or 4.
  • Experience of multiplayer gameplay features.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work in multi-discipline teams.
  • Proven ability to work effectively with designers to match their vision.

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