Automaton is looking for an Animator to join their team. The applicant's primary skills should lie in character animation as you will be expected to use those skills to animate a vast array of characters, from bipeds to quadrupeds.


  • Create, iterate and polish AAA-level, game-ready character animations in Autodesk Maya.
  • Import and test character animations and rigs in the game engine itself.
  • Give and receive constructive and creative feedback across the team.
  • Work with the development team to resolve technical issues with animations.
  • Participate in game playthroughs reporting issues and providing feedback.
  • Recognise areas of opportunity and help others create AAA-standard work.


  • Proficient in keyframe animation, creating strong and dynamic key poses.
  • Strong knowledge of motion capture and its use in conjunction with keyframe animation.
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize work appropriately, demonstrating your efficiency without compromising on quality.
  • A technical understanding of animation tools and pipelines.

Highly Beneficial

  • Game industry experience preferred but not necessary. Skills and experience of delivery throughout all areas of the development cycle is a huge plus.
  • Experience in technical aspects of animation such as scripting.
  • An understanding of rigging or skinning methods.
  • Experience in animation state machines.
  • Experience using a variety of game engines, such as CryEngine and Unity.


  • Competitive salary (based on experience).
  • Benefits package including private health insurance, group pension plan, life assurance and travel insurance.
  • 30 days paid holiday.
  • Flexible working hours.
  • Fully stocked fridges and weekly lunches.
  • Gym Membership.

Please note: Applications submitted without portfolio will not be considered.

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Job details

Project: Company-wide

Salary: DOE

Location: Cambridge, UK

Area: Art and Design

Contract: Full-time

Posted on: 1 Aug 2018

Closing date: 1 Mar 2019