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Lead AI Programmer

We are looking for an experienced and passionate Lead AI Programmer to work on Crysis 4 (Working Title).


Relocation & Remote Work
Although we believe living close to our studio helps foster team spirit and stronger bonds between team members, we understand that people have different needs and expectations for their place of residence. You have a choice of three location options, allowing you to work with Crytek from anywhere you wish:

1. Come to our modern headquarters in Frankfurt and receive an attractive relocation package and have access to all of our benefits.

2. If you are already living in a European Union member state, we are able to offer you a permanent work contract and allow you to work remotely as an employee from there. 

3. If you are interested in full-time remote work in any other country outside of the European Union, we can offer you a freelance contract arrangement.
Responsibilities
  • Lead the AI programming discipline and enable them to reach their full potential.
  • Work with existing engine code base to architect and enhance AI.
  • Work closely with animators, artists, designers and programmers to improve the AI system and support them in its application and tuning.
  • Optimize and debug high-end Console and PC performance.
  • Gather requirements and set goals for the AI team, lead the design and architecture of the code development and coordinate its implementation.
  • Coordinate with other Leads and Directors including from other projects.
  • Research the latest techniques in game AI to create believable characters and environments.
  • Proactively drive your team and improve product quality as well as group productivity.
  • Delegate effectively while involving team members in the decision making process.
  • Coordinate with other studio groups including art, design and production to achieve project objectives.
  • Be a role model for Regular/Senior programmers and oversee the mentoring process inside the discipline.
Requirements
  • 7+ years of programming experience in game AI development.
  • At least a Bachelor’s degree in relevant field or equivalent work experience.
  • Worked on shipped products on either console or PC.
  • Previously held a senior AI programmer or equivalent position.
  • Excellent understanding of C++ in a games development environment.
  • Experience with multi-threading.
  • Strong software engineering and debugging skills.
  • Experience with performance measurement and optimization.
  • Excellent understanding of AI architecture and standard technology (finite state machines, behavior trees, path finding, goal-oriented behavior, rule-based systems, learning, crowd behavior etc.).
  • Experience with any game engine (preferably CRYENGINE).
  • Ability to learn and master a large existing code base.
  • Ability to learn about new techniques and adapt them to project requirements.
  • Good communication skills and ability to work effectively on shared projects with designers, animators, artists, testers, and other developers.
What you can expect from us

Home Office 
Work-life balance is not just a hollow term for us. At Crytek, we offer you the option to either work from home or in our studio. 
 
Career Path 
Your professional development is important to us, so we have laid out a career plan to help you progress towards your goals and objectives. 
 
Company Apartment 
To help you get settled, we provide you with a fully furnished company apartment during your first three months in Frankfurt.* 
 
Relocation Support 
We offer a relocation budget and full coverage of flights to Frankfurt for you and your family. 
You can expect extensive assistance with visa, work permits, and communication with authorities during the relocation process, as well as help settling into Germany (e.g. setting up appointments with banks, government agencies, schools, landlords, finding apartments etc.).* 
            
Public Transport Pass 
Discover Frankfurt by bus, tram and metro – free of charge.* 
 
Gym Card 
A healthy body is a healthy mind. We offer a membership at the premium gym chain Fitness First in Germany. Work out, join group fitness classes, or relax in the wellness facilities.
 
International Environment 
We truly embody diversity at Crytek. With employees from over 42 different countries, we define ourselves by our cultural diversity. 
 
German Classes 
Understanding the local culture will make your stay abroad more enjoyable, and Crytek supports that by offering German language courses for you and your family. 
  
Vacation Days 
At our Frankfurt office you can enjoy 24 days of vacation per year, and every 2 years you get 1 more (up to a maximum of 28 days). You will also have on average 10 public holidays on top of the days you take off. If you are working from another country, local standards apply.
  
*only applicable to employees in Frankfurt.

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