Lead Technical Artist

ObEN’s mission is to enable everyone in the world to create their own Personal AI (PAI), intelligent 3D avatars that look, sound, and behave like the individual user. Secured and authenticated on the Project PAI blockchain, ObEN’s technology creates more productive, more personalized digital interactions. ObEN is a K11, Tencent, Softbank Ventures Korea and HTC Vive X portfolio company, and we work with our strategic investors to expand PAI technology across multiple verticals including hospitality, retail, healthcare, and entertainment.

Working at ObEN means taking on extraordinary transformations every day, in an environment that celebrates and encourages innovation. You’ll be working in small, agile teams (including world class researchers in areas of computer vision, machine learning, and speech). We are blazing new trails in AI and blockchain technology, and we encourage and support publications to top conferences and journals. Learn more about working at ObEN in our blog post.

Job Description:

ObEN is looking for a motivated and experienced Lead Technical Artist to join its computer vision team. The ideal candidate would be a highly motivated artist who has built complex body and facial rigs and is capable of maintaining a high level of visual and technical quality for all characters. He/she must have a strong understanding of anatomy, muscles, cloth/hair behavior and be comfortable in a scripted environment. Experience with Unity3D game engine and hair/cloth simulation is a plus. The artist must be attuned to the needs of a production pipeline and those of the animators we support.


  • Creating and developing high quality character rigs using Maya and proprietary tools.
  • Creating and developing high fidelity facial rigs for photo realistic characters.
  • Working with modeling and animation artists to create realistic appealing characters.
  • Working with Unity3D developers and integrating rigged characters into the production.
  • Managing art team and external contractors and projects tracking.
  • Developing long-term strategies to automate character production.


  • Minimum 3-5 years work experience in film or game development work.
  • Solid knowledge of rigging systems
  • Comprehensive knowledge of Maya
  • Solid team and project management skills
  • Accessibility and willingness to collaborate is a must.
  • Thorough understanding of techniques and technologies relating to character rigging and animation comprehension of core principles relating to rigging
  • Self-motivated, highly responsive and flexible
  • Team player. Positive, enthusiastic attitude
  • MEL and Python programming is a plus
  • Maya API C++ programming is a plus
  • Unity3D experience is a plus
  • Experience with hairs and cloth simulation in Game engine is a plus
  • Game engine shader development experience is a plus

Application Requirements:

Introduction to ObEN:

Please send the following to

  • Detailed resume and/or LinkedIn profile
  • Demo reel of your work. Candidates interested in a contract-based, in-house opportunity are strongly preferred.

130 W Union St Pasadena, California 91103

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ObEN is an artificial intelligence company that creates complete virtual identities for consumers and celebrities in the emerging digital world. ObEN provides Personal AI that simulates a person’s voice, face and personality, enabling never before possible social and virtual interactions. Founded in 2014, ObEN is a Softbank Ventures Korea and HTC Vive X portfolio company and is located at Idealab in Pasadena, California.