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Apply now Job no: 101087-AS
Work type: Staff Full or Part Time, Staff-Full Time, Staff-Part Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Computer Science, Information Systems/Technology, Project Management, Web Design/Development

Position Summary:

Field Day Lab at the University of Wisconsin - Madison seeks an experienced, talented and self-driven game engineer who will lead the software engineering and support the design of educational games used by millions of players annually. This position participates in a team of researchers, designers, communicators and other developers who will conceptualize, design and produce educational video games and xR experiences.

The Lead Game Engineer will be the primary engineer on a new project to build a life-sciences learning game for middle school aged players. They will have significant creative control over the direction of the game and art design. This game will be played by thousands of students across the country and provide insights into how we can best create environments for learning within game experiences. In working to build such a robust product, the Lead Game Engineer will work with student developer interns and/or contractors to meet the needs of the project.

This position is ideal for a game developer with an existing portfolio of shipped titles who is looking to build a product from the ground up, is excited to work within a small team and is motivated by the product's impact in schools nationally.

Position Duties:

List of Duties

Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Diversity and Inclusion

Degree and Area of Specialization:

AS/BA/BS in Computer Science, Education, Media development or a related field.

Minimum Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience:

Required Knowledge and Expertise:
* Credited as an engineer on at least two shipped game titles.
* Experience as the sole or lead engineer for at least one game title.
* Experience as the sole or lead designer for at least one game title.
* Significant experience with the Unity game engine.
* Demonstrated ability to learn new software development tools as needed.
* Experience with team and community software development tools including source code version control (GIT) and project management (Trello, Basecamp, Pivotal Tracker, etc.).

Prefered Knowledge and Expertise:
* Experience in educational game design and/or development.
* Experience in small AND large studio contexts.
* Experience managing small teams of developers.



Work Type:

Full or Part Time: 75% - 100%

Appointment Type, Duration:



Minimum $65,000 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications

Instructions to Applicants:

To apply for this position, please upload a cover letter addressed to David Gagnon, current resume and a portfolio, preferably a web site or pdf upload of your work.


Franchesca Beswick
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1 (out-of-state: TTY: 800.947.3529, STS: 800.833.7637) and above Phone number (See RELAY_SERVICE for further information. )

Official Title:


Employment Class:

Academic Staff-Renewable

Job Number:


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