This job listing expired on Dec 7, 2023

ZeniMax Online Studios is looking for a Senior Gameplay AI Engineer to help implement gameplay systems in our new engine for the studio’s next AAA project.

The preferred location for this role is Hunt Valley, MD, Austin, TX, San Diego, CA, or Madison, WI. Will consider remote.


  • Design and architect new game systems

  • Refine systems throughout the development cycle of the project

  • Collaborate with designers, artists, and other engineers for feature development

  • Mentor and guide associate engineers, providing technical expertise and promoting best practices


  • 5+ years’ experience in game development in the capacity of a Gameplay Engineer or AI Engineer

  • Robust programming skills/experience in C++

  • Strong debugging skills

  • Solid architecture, system design, and analytical skills

  • Strong problem-solving ability geared towards creating solutions for creative AI scenarios and challenges

  • Self-motivated with strong collaborative and communication skills

Preferred Skills

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science or equivalent experience

  • Knowledge of Modern C++ Standards

  • Experience with influence maps, goal-driven behaviors, or similar decision-making systems

  • Experience with Havok AI or other movement behaviors and pathfinding systems

  • Experience with AI in an open world game client/server architecture

  • Prior experience with developing proprietary technology while working in close collaboration with other tools engineers and designers

Salary Range

Sr. Gameplay AI Engineer - The typical base pay range for this position at the start of employment is expected to be between $100,000 - $215,000 per year.

ZeniMax has different base pay ranges for different work locations within the United States, which allows us to pay employees competitively and consistently in different geographic markets. The range above reflects the potential base pay across the U.S. for this role; the applicable base pay range will depend on what ultimately is determined to be the candidate’s primary work location. Individual base pay depends on various factors, in addition to primary work location, such as complexity and responsibility of role, job duties/requirements, and relevant experience and skills. Base pay ranges are reviewed and typically updated each year. Offers are made within the base pay range applicable at the time.

At ZeniMax certain roles are eligible for additional rewards, such as merit increases and discretionary bonuses. These awards are allocated based on individual performance and are not guaranteed. Benefits/perks listed here may vary depending on the nature of employment with ZeniMax and the country work location. U.S.-based employees have access to healthcare benefits, a 401(k) plan and company match, short-term and long-term disability coverage, basic life insurance, wellbeing benefits, paid vacation time, paid sick and mental health time, and several paid holidays, among others.