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Lead 3D Animator

Company: Arizona State University
Location: Tempe
Posted on: November 16, 2023

Job Description:

EdPlus at ASU is a dynamic unit of Arizona State University focused on the design and scalable delivery of digital teaching and learning models to increase student success and reduce barriers to achievement in higher education. We advance the economic, social, cultural, and overall health of the local, national, and international communities served by ASU.
Dreamscape Learn (DSL) is a collaborative venture between Dreamscape Immersive and Arizona State University, merging the most advanced experiential pedagogy with the entertainment industry's best cinematic storytelling to deliver unique virtual reality (VR) and 2D labs and full course experiences which are demonstrably efficacious, readily scalable and emotionally engaging. These VR labs combine the emotional power of Hollywood storytelling, the visceral excitement of theme park rides, and an extraordinary mix of full body tracking and interactivity to create stories and worlds that push the limits of what is possible in virtual reality.
We're seeking a creative, self-motivated, and collaborative Lead 3D Animator. This opportunity could be an ideal fit if you possess a strong passion for creating and delivering cutting-edge educational products and solutions, encompassing virtual reality, artificial intelligence, and emerging technologies. Under general direction, the Lead 3D Animator will take on a variety of tasks, both independently and in collaboration with other artists, game developers, project leads, and other stakeholders, using emerging technology tools and artificial intelligence to create new story-driven experiences. This individual will work on a team to create high quality key-frame animations.
For the first three months, this position will be required to travel to Los Angeles up to 5 days per week for comprehensive training facilitated by the expert LA Dreamscape Learn team. These business trips will be at ASU's expense subject to travel policies and procedures found here.
Essential Duties:
Create high quality key-frame animations using Maya.
Work closely with Production Lead and the animation team to support animation needs.
Discuss and address notes given by project leadership and stakeholders.
Collaborate with others to come up with creative solutions, identify constraints, and to provide feasibility recommendations.
Work in a fast and iterative manner on animation concepts.
Direct the work of others to produce single coordinated projects.
Delegate tasks and provide specific direction to coordinate the work of a team.
Assumes or coordinates other duties or projects as assigned or directed.
Minimum Qualifications:
Bachelor's degree in Digital Art, Multimedia, Game Art & Design, Animation, or a related commercial arts field and six (6) years of related professional experience, Or, any equivalent combination of experience or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.
Desired Qualifications:
Evidence of a bachelor's degree or higher in a related field.
Experience in professional 3D Animation in Film, Feature or series animation production.
Experience in professional VR development.
Experience with Dreamscape Learn's SDK platform.
Experience applying motion capture to enhance performances.
Experience working with and bringing life to 3D models and rigs.
Experience with Motionbuilder.
Evidence of proficiency in Maya and/or Unity
Experience with Timeline animation in Unity.
Experience in Previs, Layout, Camera, and Cinematography.
Demonstrated working knowledge in Python, MEL, and animation pipeline.
Experience with Shotgrid, JIRA, Confluence.
Experience with Motion Graphic and/or FX animation.
Strong acting skills.
Experience with version control software such as Perforce, Plastic, SVN, Git, Bit Bucket.
Experience with Project Management Tools such as Jira, Shotgun, Trello, etc.
Evidence of basic scripting skills (e.g. C#, Python, MELscript etc).
Experience coding or integrating software in game engines, with visual scripting tools, or web development with HTML, CSS, C#.
Experience leading a team.
Evidence of ability to prioritize and manage multiple milestones and projects efficiently.
Evidence of ability to work independently, and in a team environment.
Evidence of ability to adapt to changing creative direction.
Must include an animation demo reel web link.
EdPlus at ASU
ASU offers a total compensation package that includes valuable employee benefits. Click Here to explore options.
Financial Security
Family Resources
Tuition Reduction (Eligible ASU Employee, their dependents and spouse.)
This position work location is Tempe Campus.
Job Family
Graphic & Visual Arts
Department Name
EdPlus Dean's Office Admin
VP Code
EdPlus at ASU
Scope of Search
Grant Funded Position
This is not a grant funded position and is not contingent on future grant funding.
Salary Range
$145,000 - $175,000 per year; DOE
Close Date
19-October-2023 - EXTENDED
Essential Duties
Please see above.
Minimum Qualifications
Bachelor's degree in Digital Art, Multimedia, Game Art & Design, Animation, or a related commercial arts field and six (6) years of related professional experience, Or, any equivalent combination of experience or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.
Desired Qualifications
Please see above.
Working Environment
This position work location is Tempe Campus.
Activities are primarily performed in a regular, climate-controlled office setting subject to extended periods of sitting or standing. Daily use of desktop or laptop computer is required. Ability to clearly communicate to perform essential duties. Regular review of completed tasks.
EdPlus at ASU supports flexible work options, ranging from alternate work schedules to hybrid remote work schedules, subject to approvals per ASU policy.
Department Statement
EdPlus defines itself through a culture of curiosity, risk-taking and refusing to accept the status quo. As a central enterprise unit for ASU focused on the design and scalable delivery of digital teaching and learning models to increase student success and reduce barriers to achievement in higher education, our commitments support the university charter. ASU is a national service university and aspires to accelerate positive social outcomes through the seamless integration of cutting-edge technological innovation and scalability.
EdPlus employees are valued, respected, and encouraged to be their unique selves. We are committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in everything we do. We know that our ability to deliver high-quality services and educational experiences is strengthened by the diversity of our employees. Our innovative culture drives outcomes through serving learners, achieving milestones, striving for excellence, solving problems, feeling a sense of urgency, and being bold.
EdPlus at ASU
ASU Statement
Arizona State University is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU serves more than 100,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation's fifth largest city. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe.
ASU is a tobacco-free university. For details visit https://wellness.asu.edu/explore-wellness/body/alcohol-and-drugs/tobacco
Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.
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In compliance with federal law, ASU prepares an annual report on campus security and fire safety programs and resources. ASU's Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is available online at https://www.asu.edu/police/PDFs/ASU-Clery-Report.pdf. You may request a hard copy of the report by contacting the ASU Police Department at 480-965-3456.
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Employment Verification Statement
ASU conducts pre-employment screening which may include verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications.
Background Check Statement
ASU conducts pre-employment screening for all positions which includes a criminal background check, verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications. Employment is contingent upon successful passing of the background check.
Instructions to Apply
Application deadline is 3:00PM Arizona time on the date indicated.
Please include all employment information in month/year format (e.g., 6/88 to 8/94), job title, job duties and name of employer for each position.
Resume and cover letter should clearly illustrate how prior knowledge and experience meets the Minimum and Desired qualifications of this position.
Include an animation demo reel web link.
ASU does not pay for travel expenses associated with interviews, unless otherwise indicated.
Applicant must be eligible to work in the United States; EdPlus at ASU will not be a sponsor for this position.
Only electronic applications are accepted for this position.
IMPORTANT NOTE: What is the meaning of "equivalent combination" in the minimum qualifications? It means one year of higher education or 24 credit hours, is equal to one year of experience. For example, a four year Bachelor's degree is equal to four years of experience.

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