Associate Designer: Exploration & Ambient Content

May 02, 2024
Carlsbad, United States
... Not specified
... Intermediate
Full time
... Office work

At Rockstar Games, we create world-class entertainment experiences.

A career at Rockstar Games is about being part of a team working on some of the most creatively rewarding and ambitious projects to be found in any entertainment medium. You would be welcomed to a dedicated and inclusive environment where you can learn, and collaborate with some of the most talented people in the industry.

Rockstar San Diego is looking for talented designers whose skill set combines technical excellence with a passion for making games. You will be working as a member of the design team with a focus towards exploration and open world content and system design. You will be required to engage with a range of game programming areas such as system programming, network programming and data management. This is a full-time permanent position based out of Rockstar's state of the art studio in Carlsbad, California.


  • Our team creates a wide variety of open world and exploratory experiences. Additionally, we create tools to facilitate said authoring, improve iteration times and increase the productivity of all teams within the design department.
  • We assume responsibility for programming design systems and content which is often complex and intricate. That responsibility also extends to the analyzation and optimization of code.
  • Our ability to implement design centric systems directly allows us to quickly iterate on new features and ideas, often with less of a dependence on the programming team.
  • As our systems affect many other teams and departments, we are proficient in both inter- and intra-studio communication, relying on and providing feedback to other teams, ultimately empowering us to create the immersive worlds we are known for.


  • Work with the global design team to architect, engineer, and implement new content and design systems as well as improve existing content and systems.
  • Liaise with multiple departments and studios to create and/or extend our content, systems, and tools.
  • Create and/or maintain content, systems and tools while managing strict deadlines against the needs of other developers.
  • Provide clear and detailed reports of bugs to design and other teams.


  • A Computer Science or Game Design degree with a programming focus is considered an advantage. However, relevant experience is taken into consideration.
  • An online portfolio with examples of your work. 


  • Strong C# programming skills
  • A strong understanding of top-down design, object-oriented programming, design patterns, and game design principles.
  • Excellent communication, technical & problem-solving skills.
  • Highly organized with proven ability to deliver on deadlines.
  • Passionate about open world content, systems, and methodologies that will support a team that is similarly passionate about creating games.
  • Candidates must be highly motivated, positive, and personable, with the ability to work as part of a team and inspire others.
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize work based on changing schedules and feedback/critiques with a detail-obsessed eye for quality. 


Please note that these are desirable skills and are not required to apply for the position.

  • A Computer Science or Game Design degree with a programming focus is considered an advantage. However, relevant experience is taken into consideration.
  • An online portfolio with examples of your work. Please include code examples.


Please apply with a resume and cover letter demonstrating how you meet the skills above. If we would like to move forward with your application, a Rockstar recruiter will reach out to you to explain next steps and guide you through the process.

Rockstar is committed to creating a work environment that promotes equal opportunity, dignity and respect. In line with this commitment, Rockstar will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified job applicants with disabilities during the recruitment process in order for such applicants to be considered for the position for which they are applying, as well as to qualified employees to enable them to perform the essential functions of their roles. If you need more information about Rockstar’s reasonable accommodation policies or process, or need to request an accommodation, please contact the Human Resources Department.                                   

If you’ve got the right skills for the job, we want to hear from you. We encourage applications from all suitable candidates regardless of age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, belief, race, or any other protected category.



The pay range for this position in San Diego at the start of employment is expected to be between the range below* per year. However, base pay offered is based on market location, and may vary further depending on individualized factors for job candidates, such as job-related knowledge, skills, experience, and other objective business considerations. Subject to those same considerations, the total compensation package for this position may also include other elements, including a bonus and/or equity awards, in addition to a full range of medical, financial, and/or other benefits. Details of participation in these benefit plans will be provided if an employee receives an offer of employment. If hired, employee will be in an "at-will position" and the company reserves the right to modify base salary (as well as any other discretionary payment or compensation or benefit program) at any time, including for reasons related to individual performance, company or individual department/team performance, and market factors.


*San Diego Pay Range
$50,000$70,000 USD
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