This job listing expired on Nov 2, 2023

Treyarch is looking for a Lead Zombies Engineer with a passion for Zombies Gameplay to join our team in either Los Angeles, CA or Vancouver, BC.

In this role, you will be responsible for managing the technical vision and strategy for the Zombies content in our games. The ideal candidate will be able to communicate this vision effectively to the Zombies Engineering team as well as across other groups such as the Animation and Design teams to bring innovative Zombies characters & game features to life. You will lead our Zombies engineering team by example, helping to choose, design, and implement cutting edge systems to accomplish this vision. As a successful engineer in this position, you should be able to quickly get familiar with existing codebases and systems and be able to implement elegant, high performing updates and extensions that work well within a collaborative environment. The candidate should have an eye for Gameplay technologies and a knack for understanding how to deliver exciting experiences that millions of fans are going to love.

What you’ll do...

  • Work with and manage a Zombies engineering team to craft development of innovative Zombies content systems & experiences

  • Implement, debug and optimize Zombies content systems in C/C++ and other languages

  • Contribute ideas for new Zombies content technologies, architectures, and technical designs

  • Perform data and code analysis to find opportunities for improvement

  • Provide mentorship to less experienced engineers

To succeed you should have...

  • 10+ years of experience as an AI, Animation, and/or Gameplay Engineer (or similar experience)

  • Shipped 3+ game titles

  • Strong understanding of core CS algorithms and data structures

  • Strong C/C++ skills

  • Strong math proficiency

  • Ability to collaborate with other engineers, designers, and game developers

  • Ability to work well in a fluid, changing environment as creative challenges evolve

We’d love it if you also have...

  • Network engineering experience

  • Expertise in one or more of the following areas: Animation, General Gameplay, UI/UX

  • Experience with scripting languages

  • Familiarity and practical experience with core AI technologies - Behavior trees, animation state machines, pathfinding and steering

  • A passion for AI technologies, and an understanding of the AI & design principles behind games

We love hearing from anyone who is enthusiastic about changing the games industry. Not sure you meet all qualifications? Let us decide! Research shows that women and members of other under-represented groups tend to not apply to jobs when they think they may not meet every qualification, when, in fact, they often do! At Activision Blizzard, we are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and strongly encourage you to apply.

Covid-19 Hiring Update: We’ve transitioned to a work-from-home model and we’re continuing to interview and hire during this time. This role is expected to begin as a remote position. We understand each person’s circumstances may be unique and will work with you to explore possible interim options.


Founded in 1996, Treyarch is a videogame studio whose purpose is to create awesome games for the world to enjoy. With this purpose in mind, we crafted the award winning Call of Duty: Black Ops series and pioneered the fan favorite Zombies mode.

At Treyarch, we empower the team to be individually driven to innovate on our games, processes, and culture. How we do things is just as important as what we do.

Studio culture and development, we believe it’s a team effort and that collaboration and hearing one another is key. Every day we face the large and small challenges together and every voice matters.

These values guide us in our mission to create moments that matter. Both to the players and to us, the creators. In an era where triumphs and defeats are readily shared, seeing players engage with our creations gives us great pride. Come help us create that next moment.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by applicable law, and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.