Full Time Job

Staff AI Programmer


San Mateo, CA 12-07-2022
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  • Paid
  • Full Time
  • Mid (2-5 years) Experience
Job Description
Why PlayStation?

Staff AI Programmer

PlayStation HQ in San Mateo, CA

PixelOpus at PlayStation HQ has a great opportunity for a Staff AI Programmer. We seek a specialist to architect, implement and modify AI systems and supporting tools. Here, you will have the opportunity to work with next-gen hardware. You will write and optimize code with a heavy focus on usability, maintainability and extensibility. If you enjoy working with Game Designers to bring their artistic and systemic visions of the game to life please apply!

• Architects and implements AI system and pipeline technology based on technical, design and artistic needs, with an eye to robustness and maintainability
• Iterate on systems with designers and artists, incorporating feedback and changes
• Maintains and updates existing game systems for increased functionality, memory efficiency, and performance
• Works independently to complete assigned projects with limited supervision
• Documents system implementation details
• Maintains current knowledge of relevant technological developments and advancements
• Supplies innovative and original ideas
• Independently recognizes opportunities to improve game systems, tools, engine or general workflow, and seeks to make these changes
• Mentors junior engineers, and technical designer/artists
• Leads external team relationships with middleware providers or 1st party support groups

• Proficiency with C, C++. Experience with Unreal Engine 4/5. Experience designing and implementing AI systems. Ability to use common workplace software like Microsoft Visual Studio and Microsoft Office Suite products. Familiarity with performance analysis software and PlayStation SDK considered beneficial.
• Ability to translate artistic and design requirements into technical design, as well as explain relevant technical details to users of implemented technology. Ability to give and receive feedback in a thoughtful and professional manner. Write clear and concise user documentation.
• Ability to apply principles of logical thinking to a wide range of intellectual and practical problems. Apply knowledge of game development relevant technical concepts, including, but not limited to, linear algebra, AI and pathfinding systems, streaming, serialization, memory management, character animation.
• Bachelor's degree (B.S.) or equivalent; or four years of professional experience or training, or an equivalent amount of education and experience, including at least 2 shipped AAA titles.


At SIE, we consider several factors when setting each role's base pay range, including the competitive benchmarking data for the market and geographic location.

Please note that the base pay range may vary in line with our hybrid working policy and individual base pay will be determined based on job-related factors which may include knowledge, skills, experience, and location.

In addition, this role is eligible for SIE's top-tier benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision, matching 401(k), paid time off, wellness program and coveted employee discounts for Sony products. This role also may be eligible for a bonus package. Click here to learn more.

The estimated base pay range for this role is listed below.

$144,000 - $216,000 USD

Equal Opportunity Statement:

Sony is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All persons will receive consideration for employment without regard to gender (including gender identity, gender expression and gender reassignment), race (including colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin), religion or belief, marital or civil partnership status, disability, age, sexual orientation, pregnancy or maternity, trade union membership or membership in any other legally protected category.

We strive to create an inclusive environment, empower employees and embrace diversity. We encourage everyone to respond.

PlayStation is a Fair Chance employer and qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records will be considered for employment.

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Jobcode: Reference SBJ-gx5je1-44-213-63-130-42 in your application.

Company Profile

Recognized as a global leader in interactive and digital entertainment, Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) is responsible for the PlayStation® brand and family of products and services.