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Principal Software Engineer

ZyngaFull-time$123k - $182kCanadaMay 8, 2024
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Zynga is looking for a technical performance engineer in the Carlsbad, Austin or Eugene areas, and more specifically, someone whose level of experience should be equivalent to a Principal Software Engineer.

We have a well-rounded and tight-knit, distributed team with a healthy mix of engineering skill levels, and are looking to strengthen our team. We need a self-driven and motivated engineer who is a strong communicator, works well as a team player, and performs well under pressure of tight deadlines. The candidate would have an opportunity to work on performance and engine systems, and generally solve challenging problems for high profile mobile games.

Our mission is to “Connect the World through Games” by building a truly social experience that makes the world a better place. To be successful in this role you will have a passion for games, a high level of integrity, great technical depth and skills, and a strong desire to build successful software.


  • Performance and Infrastructure Engineer
  • Individual Contributor, working under a Technical Lead

Main Responsibilities

  • Working with and supporting the game development team
  • Define, architect, & develop features and gameplay functionality in Unity and C#
  • Learn and master usage of the Photon Quantum multiplayer engine
  • Develop & integrate new technologies and tools (working with content teams)
  • Dive into the internals of core systems to extend them as-needed
  • Proactively optimize code & memory for high performance simulations with tight constraints
  • Scope out large tasks and system with minimal direction, and help with delegation of that work
  • Work closely with other engineers to lead multi-week or month-long efforts
  • Give team and/or divisional tech talks on architectures that you’ve built
  • Work to identify and help to improve team and process inefficiencies
  • Help to mentor other engineers

Desired Skills and Experience

  • B.Sc. in Computer Science, Engineering, or equivalent education / work experience
  • 6+ Years game industry / mobile app experience as a software developer
  • Shipped titles and/or live games experience
  • Expert knowledge in C#, or a similar programming language
  • Experience with performance profiling and optimization
  • 3+ Years Unity experience
  • Solid foundation in data structures, algorithms and software methodologies
  • Excellent communication skills and comfort working in a collaborative environment

Bonus Skills and Experience

  • Multiplayer game development experience
  • Photon Quantum experience
  • Experience with git
  • Mobile development with a focus on iOS & Android
  • Experience with Splunk or other log aggregator

What we offer you:

  • Competitive salary, bonus plan and ESPP (Employee Stock Purchase Plan)
  • 401K Company Match Contribution (US)
  • RRSP/DPSP company match contribution (Canada)
  • Health coverage, dental, disability, critical illness, EAP, and life insurance (Canada)
  • Medical, dental, vision, EAP, life insurance, and disability benefits (US)
  • Virtual mental health and neurodiversity support programs
  • Global Fitness reimbursement program
  • Global Wellbeing Program
  • Financial wellness program with unlimited access to certified financial planners
  • Discretionary Time Off policy for many employees
  • Family planning support program
  • Generous paid parental, pregnancy-related disability, caregiver, and compassionate leaves
  • Subsidized Back-up child care
  • Zynga happy hours and frequent employee events
  • Flexible working hours on many teams
  • Culture of diversity and inclusion including employee resource groups
  • Work with cool people and impact millions of daily player


We are an equal opportunity employer and we are committed to building a diverse and talented workforce. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, religion, colour, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, medical condition, disability, or any other class or characteristic protected by applicable law. We welcome job-seekers, players, employees, and partners from all backgrounds to join us!

We will consider all qualified job-seekers with criminal histories in a manner consistent with applicable law.

We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with physical or mental disabilities in order to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us at [email protected] to request an accommodation associated with your application for an open position.

The pay range for this position in  California at the start of employment is expected to be between $123,000 and $182,000 per year. 

However, base pay offered is based on market location, and may vary further depending on individualized factors for job candidates, such as job-related knowledge, skills, experience, and other objective business considerations.   Subject to those same considerations, the total compensation package for this position may also include other elements, including a bonus and/or equity awards, in addition to a full range of medical, financial, and/or other benefits.  Details of participation in these benefit plans will be provided if an employee receives an offer of employment. If hired, employee will be in an "at-will position" and the Company reserves the right to modify base salary (as well as any other discretionary payment or compensation or benefit program) at any time, including for reasons related to individual performance, Company or individual department/team performance, and market factors.


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