Treyarch Studios is looking for a passionate Senior VFX Artist to help us create photo-realistic particle effects for a high-profile action-packed AAA title. This position requires high-level artistic sensibilities and strong technical skills, where we're looking for someone passionate about making great games, who is a strong problem-solver, and an effective communicator. If you think that describes you then we'd love to speak with you further

What you’ll do…

  • Create photo-real particle systems for game environments and scripted moments.

  • Work closely with Art leads, Lighting, Design, Sound, Animation, and Production to bring levels and features to life.

  • Design and simulate realistic fire, smoke, explosions, debris, clouds, etc. that meet all technical and aesthetic standards for the project.

  • Author real-time particle effects for the destruction of buildings, vehicles, natural environments, and everything in between using our proprietary toolset.

  • Set dress levels with ambient atmospheric effects that produce spectacular photo-realistic game moments.

  • Create textures and/or meshes to use in particle effects with various 2D and 3D applications.

  • Create destructible assets and coinciding particle systems.

  • Ensure industry leading quality and artistic fidelity.

To succeed you should have…

  • 5+ years of experience in AAA game development.

  • Experience with simulation and VFX software like FumeFX, Houdini, Maya, Max, etc.

  • Basic compositing knowledge (After Effects, Nuke, Fusion, Photoshop, etc.).

  • Demo reel or website showing previous VFX work.

  • Ability to work collaboratively between different departments as well as independently, and be able to drive initiatives through to completion.

  • Demonstrate a strong eye for timing, weight, realism, color, volume, energy, and other particle aesthetics.

  • Ability to create all required art assets needed for particle effects and level atmospherics.

  • Can follow the style of a particular artist or concept.

  • Able to stay within budgets and understand platform limitations.

  • Strong troubleshooting and interpersonal skills.

We’d love it if you also have…

  • Strong modeling and animation experience a plus.

  • Familiarity with Perforce or other version control software.

  • Understanding of scripting and programming concepts.

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.

PS, we’ve also got some pretty amazing office perks and benefits, like 20 vacation days and 16 holidays, 10 weeks of family leave, free lunches and snacks at our office, comprehensive healthcare, and more!