Technical Art Director


Located in Chicago’s River North area, Level Ex’s fast-growing game studio is transforming the way surgeons hone their skills by practicing high-risk surgeries with the latest medical devices in our industry-leading mobile, AR, and VR titles.

Our games are built using state-of-the-art graphics and physics tech, and deploy an arsenal of well-designed game mechanics to capture the thrill and challenge of performing real surgery. These games increase dramatically in difficulty as the player progresses, and are carefully crafted with professional level design, compulsion loops, flow channels, and deliberate gameplay balance. Backed with a mature art pipeline and latest-gen engine tech, we’re able to recreate surgery with spectacular realism.

Our engine has earned the trust of the country’s leading physicians; plus, we’ve custom-built GPU-based real-time fluids, tissue shading, and soft-body systems that enable a wide range of new game mechanics in mobile and VR. Our team unites award-winning game designers, developers, and artists with industry-leading surgeons, all passionate about using game design approaches to keep doctors across the world performing at the top of their game.

What You’ll Be Doing with Us  

  • Create a suite of art pipeline and art-creation tools to support new methods of high-end art content creation

  • Architect proprietary asset pipelines that use the latest art and engine tools efficiently

  • Identify ways to make 3d and 2d artists more effective and efficient - and make it happen

  • Write scripts to automate multi-step art creation, capture, import, and export processes

  • Define technical art creation and format standards across our products and pipelines

  • Research, integrate, and configure new art-content systems like particle systems, animation systems, etc.

  • Work with the art department to generate glorious asset renders for promotional use

Who We Want To Meet

  • Extensive experience building tools and scripts in Unity, including familiarity with the component model and tool-development functionality (2 years minimum)

  • A strong portfolio of tools and example effects/assets

  • Deep familiarity with industry art pipelines - understanding common problems and solutions for asset creation and flow in games built on a rapidly-moving tech stack

  • Experience with rigging, lighting, shading, texturing - both in terms of content creation and in-engine configuration

  • Comfortable working in Autodesk Maya for both content and tool-creation, including proficiency in Python and MEL

  • A strong sense of artistic style and control

  • Fluent in C#

  • Comfortable prototyping and researching new art technology and techniques

  • Experience authoring shaders in HLSL, GLSL and/or Cg a major plus

  • Technical art experience in creating content for VR, AR, and/or mobile a bonus

  • Experience with Substance Designer, Houdini, Z-brush a bonus

How We Make You Happy

  • Creating software that helps healthcare professionals make a difference in people’s lives

  • Competitive salary

  • Paid vacation, sick days, and holidays

  • Medical, dental and vision benefits

  • 401k plan w/matching, flex spending account, and commuter benefits

  • Unlimited cold brew coffee, beer, and tasty snacks  

  • Flexible, reasonable work schedules in a focused team environment

Interested?  

Send us your resume and a quick cover letter telling why you’re a fit for this key role. Email us at careers@level-ex.com, we look forward to hearing from you.