Senior Software Engineer - UI

Engineering · Seattle, Washington
Department Engineering
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Experienced

Undead Labs is looking for a passionate software engineer responsible for implementing elegant and accessible game UI, as well as supporting the underlying technology that powers it for State of Decay 3. As a member of the software engineering team, you will work in close collaboration with designers and other colleagues to understand feature requirements and bring them to life, all the while pushing the envelope of our web-based UI tech. You will bring your unique perspective and ideas to our goal of creating compelling player experiences. If you enjoy working in many different technical areas and building highly player-focused games, this role may be a great fit for you.

Your ability to keep up with the ever-changing world of web development, as well as a passion for best-in-class developer experience will be critical to your success. As a UI engineer on the team, you play a critical role in bringing together backend gameplay systems with beautiful interfaces from designers. Bring your unique perspective, your skills in software development, debugging, iteration and requirements gathering and apply them towards our goal of creating high-quality, platform-defining player experiences for our millions of fans.

At Undead Labs, we work in highly collaborative, cross-discipline teams because we understand that the best ideas are ones we generate together. We are humble and curious in our work, and are always striving to make things better - for our players, for each other, and for our industry. Everyone here is committed to helping the team thrive, enabling us to rise to the moment to build incredible games.


Core Responsibilities and Objectives

  • Collaborate closely with a team of UX/UI designers, artists and engineers to implement game UI using modern web technologies (TypeScript, React, et cetera).
  • Build custom design and asset pipelines to streamline UI authoring and design/engineering handoffs.
  • Contribute to core UI framework and help establish best practices around UI concerns like localization, accessibility, input management, data-binding, and more.
  • Continuously evaluate open-source or paid off-the-shelf UI solutions that improve our developer experience and product.
  • Apply your knowledge, critical thinking skills, unique perspective and ideas to the production of our games.

Core Traits and Experience

  • Experience with modern web development, specifically with large scale React applications.
  • Familiar with browser performance optimization techniques, and able to intuit potential bottlenecks in code/architecture.
  • Passionate about developer experience and workflows, with a desire to improve how UI is created.
  • Pragmatic, with the ability to balance technical needs with business limitations.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with stakeholders and across disciplines.
  • Ideally brings 5+ years of experience in a software engineering role.

Bonus Traits and Experience

  • Experience with C++.
  • Experience with Unreal Engine.
  • Experience with Coherent Gameface.
  • Experience writing custom plugins for designer tools like Figma and After Effects.

Benefits & Perks

Benefits/perks listed below may vary depending on the nature of your employment with Undead Labs and the state in which you work.

  • Medical, dental, and vision health insurance
  • Unlimited PTO
  • 401k plan with 50% matching
  • Subsidized transportation to & from work
  • Professional growth resources
  • Discounts on the Microsoft Games store


Physical Requirements

  • Close vision to monitors and screens, consistently working on computer equipment such as keyboards and monitors, long periods of sitting.
  • Noise levels are low to moderate in the work environment.

Reasonable accommodations can be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

About Undead Labs

We are creators of the hit survival-fantasy franchise State of Decay with a fan base of over 10 million people. As an independent member of Xbox Game Studios, we collaborate with a huge network of skilled specialists in all disciplines, providing incredible opportunities for joint development and learning.

Undead Labs is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws, regulations, and ordinances.


We look forward to hearing from you!

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