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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Mobile Game Developer in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 310813

Directorate: National Security Directorate

Division: Computing and Analytics

Group: Visual Analytics

Job Description

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is looking for an experienced Mobile Game Developer to join our cross-functional teams, creating multi-platform mobile applications for national security and energy stakeholders. This strong communicator would work with software developers, subject matter experts, and artists to create novel mobile experiences for applications such as education, training, and simulation that can run on a variety of devices. The ideal candidate will have a strong background creating mobile applications for platforms like – but not limited to – Android and iOS, with multiple shipped titles, a thorough understanding of individual mobile platforms and their limitations, and project management experience in regard to game development. Mobile game developers with experience developing for Web and a familiarity with VR/AR is a plus. Candidates must present an online portfolio or app store links to relevant game development experience for consideration.

  • Duties:

  • Work with lead developers to drive game development for mobile platforms

  • Write scripts and major gameplay systems for mobile applications

  • Help drive framerate and memory optimization of the software

  • Work with UX designers to ensure feature interfaces are user-friendly

  • Work with artists to make sure art assets meet the needs of the platform.

  • Manage mobile development by creating and assigning tasks to team members, bridging art and tech, and delivering on sponsor visions.

  • Mentoring junior staff and interns

  • Success:

  • Success in this role means delivering high quality mobile applications that are easy to use, performant on multiple devices, and go above and beyond the sponsors’ expectations.

  • Success means continually holding oneself to the highest of professional and ethical standards and demanding the same of co-workers.

  • Success is walking into PNNL every day with a belief that you can have a positive impact in the research and development efforts at a national laboratory and that your work makes a difference with our clients and users.

The hiring level will be determined based on the education, experience and skill set of the successful candidate based on the following:

  • Level II: Leads specific tasks of the project to meet scope, schedule and budget. Expected to contribute professionally, building a professional reputation for technical expertise. Fully applying and interpreting standard theories, principles, methods, tools and technologies. Contributes technical content to proposals and develops business through excellent project performance.

  • Level III: Established reputation in applying software engineering principles towards mobile game development. Builds and leads effective project teams across domains. Organiational contributions through mentorship or taking on special assignments. Selects and develops technical approaches on complex problems. Lead of projects or tasks, integrating capabilities of work team members. Generates new ideas for proposals and/or business development opportunities, leading development of proposals or project plans.

Minimum Qualifications

  • BS/BA with 2 years of experience, MS/MA with 0 years of experience, PhD with 0 years of experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • BS/BA with 5 years of experience, MS/MA with 3 years of experience, PhD with 1 year of experience

  • 5+ years of game development experience for Android and iOS.

  • You have a strong portfolio that speaks to your role and impact on the products you’ve touched.

  • In-depth knowledge of user centered design processes and methodology, particularly as it applies to mobile applications and games.

  • High-Level working knowledge of game development, particularly designing for mobile hardware, programming for games, code optimizations, and hardware limitations.

  • Experience developing content for multiple device form factors: Tablet, Phone, Chromebook, etc.

  • Solid understanding of game programming in C#, C++, Java, or Javascript

  • Experience using profilers and optimizing applications for a variety of devices and distribution platforms.

  • Comfortable with taking ambiguous concepts and adapting them to take full advantage of mobile hardware.

  • Experience deploying apps on a variety of distribution platforms

  • Proven ability developing mobile applications in each, Unity, Android Studio, and iOS

  • Experience developing applications for Web (HTML5 or WebGL) is a plus.

  • Experience developing applications for VR/AR is a plus.

  • Familiarity with creating game art assets or how to optimize art assets is a plus.

  • Familiarity with art authoring software such as: Maya, Substance, Photoshop, and others, is a plus.

  • Proven experience leading teams, creating and assigning tasks, and hitting project deadlines

  • Experience using source control software such as Git/Sourcetree.

  • Experience using task management software such as JIRA.

  • Wildly creative and obsessively meticulous

  • Self-motived, excellent communication skills, an open mind, the ability to thrive in multidisciplinary teams, and the skills to balance quality work within a deadline

  • Strong interpersonal and time management skills

  • A love for collaboration and learning

  • Member of external professional community

  • Developing and optimizing capabilities at the division level; developing external reputation.

  • Experience building effective project teams with membership across multiple domains

  • You’re looking for a company where you can pursue your interests across functions and different subject domains, and where a job title is not considered the final definition of who you are, but the starting point.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Battelle Memorial Institute (BMI) at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and supports diversity in the workplace. All employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital or family status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. All BMI staff must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States. BMI is an E-Verify employer. Learn more at

Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits DOE employees and contractors from participation in certain foreign government talent recruitment programs. If you are offered a position at PNNL and are currently a participant in a foreign government talent recruitment program you will be required to disclose this information before your first day of employment.

Other Information

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Directorate: National Security

Job Category: Engineering/Engineering Techs

Group: Visual Analytics

Opening Date: 2020-05-05

Closing Date: 2020-08-03