Principal Lighting Artist

ZeniMax Online Studios
Hunt Valley, MD, USA
Job type: Permanent

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Job Description

Principal Lighting Artist

ZeniMax Online Studios is seeking a Principal Lighting Artist to join our studio for the development of our next AAA game.  This is a chance to join an experienced group of developers in pre-production for a new IP.

This position requires an understanding of modern lighting techniques and an eye for artistic excellence informed by training and experience.  The ideal candidate understands real-world lighting and cinematography principles as well as game engine technology.


  • Work with technical artists and engineers to outline workflow, develop tools and establish best practices for lighting in our new engine
  • Work with Art and Design to create compelling and dramatic lighting scenarios for worldbuilding, gameplay and cinematics
  • Work with Design to establish functional, gameplay-informing lighting systems
  • Establish clear benchmarks for the team, and work with worldbuilders and additional lighting artists to consistently hit those benchmarks through production
  • Maintain a balance between visual quality and performance requirements
  • Match the established visual style for the game with regard to lighting execution

Skills & Requirements


  • 5+ Years of industry experience, preferably focused on lighting
  • Working knowledge of modern lighting techniques in next-gen video games
  • Expert level proficiency within Max/Maya, Photoshop, and other 3rd party software used in lighting
  • Working knowledge of technical art and performance pipelines
  • Self-motivated and has the ability to work and solve problems with minimal assistance
  • Highly organized with the ability to adhere to production schedules
  • Well-developed communication skills and strong work ethic
  • A strong understanding of color theory and the influences of lighting on mood and story narrative
  • Candidate must submit an online portfolio to be considered

Desired Skills:

  • AAA development experience
  • Film production experience
  • Training in traditional art mediums (painting or photography)
  • Knowledge of current engine technology such as CRYENGINE, UE4, or Unity
  • Experience with lighting using a Physically Based Renderer

Additional Information

  • Relocation assistance is offered

How to Apply

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About the Company

ZENIMAX ONLINE STUDIOS (ZOS) is the award-winning developer behind the online RPG The Elder Scrolls® Online. Based in Hunt Valley, Maryland, we strive to create immersive, living worlds where players can enjoy amazing storytelling and play their way.