Principal Technical Artist: Houdini/Terrain Pipeline Specialist

Aug 11, 2023
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
... 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 Games is looking for a seasoned Principal Technical Artist who is passionate about staying current with latest technologies and driving pipelines forward. This role will be focused on Environment/Terrain Houdini pipelines, and not on the creation of artwork. This is a full-time permanent position based in the heart of Edinburgh.


  • Bring innovation and resolution to technical problems and challenges throughout Environment Art - from content creation through to the game (across multiple platforms).
  • Create and maintain tools and pipelines that improve our Art workflows.
  • Provide focused support for an ever-growing Art team and document/share solutions/knowledge with wider team.
  • Proactively use knowledge and experience to identify and solve problems before they affect the Environment Art team and our projects.
  • Work closely with fellow Technical Artists as part of a global team working on interconnected tools and systems.
  • Collaborate and communicate with other departments (aside from the Art department) such as Tools and Runtime (Engine) teams.


  • This is a skilled Principal Environment Technical Artist role relating to Environments with a specific focus on Terrain art support.
  • Work with Runtime and Art teams to push engine features which improve our Art processes within the constraints of the platforms we are targeting.
  • Create tools within Houdini to drive our terrain creation pipeline.
  • Create, maintain and optimise advanced HDAs to help with procedural creation of artwork.


  • 5+ years professional experience in games or Film/VFX.
  • A relevant degree or professional experience in the game industry as a Technical Artist or similar/related position from industries such as Film/VFX.
  • In the absence of the above; videos or an online portfolio with relevant examples of your work will be required so we can assess your skill set.


  • Advanced knowledge of using Houdini within a procedural art pipeline.
  • Strong coding/scripting skills with OOP knowledge and debugging.
  • Keen diagnostic skills to analyse problems and identify solutions.
  • Strong communication, self-management, and organizational skills.
  • Ability to work within a schedule and deliver effectively to deadlines.


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

  • Experience in proceduralism with DCC/packages/engines other than Houdini. E.g. Blender, Substance, Unreal, Unity ete.
  • Experience with the use of Houdini Engine.
  • Experience with Automation/Scheduling solutions such as HQueue, Tractor, Deadline, Jenkins, Airflow etc.
  • Experience creating scripts/tools for 3DS Max, Maya, Blender or Substance.
  • Experience with C# and .NET Core/Framework.
  • Professional experience as an Artist in games (although this is not an Artist role).
  • Experience working and developing in a multi-platform, multi-project environment.
  • Experience working in a large team spread across multiple locations and time zones.


Please apply with a CV 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.

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