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Senior Graphics Engineer (Lighting)

PlayStationFull-time$132k - $198kRemote; United StatesMay 8, 2024
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PlayStation also strives to create an inclusive environment that empowers employees and embraces diversity. We welcome and encourage everyone who has a passion and curiosity for innovation, technology, and play to explore our open positions and join our growing global team.

The PlayStation brand falls under Sony Interactive Entertainment, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sony Corporation.


The Senior Graphics Engineer (Lighting) position is responsible for building our next-generation Lighting and Global Illumination solution.

This position will be responsible for:

  • Collaborating with artists and programmers to design, implement, and iterate on scalable Global Illumination systems.

  • Researching new real-time rendering techniques and features.

  • Extending existing rendering systems to provide new or improved functionality to meet the needs of the content teams.

  • Optimizing high and low-level rendering code for console platforms.

  • Jumping in to help where needed.

What craft expertise you’ll have:

  • Technology Knowledge

    • Required: Strong C++ programming ability.

    • Required: Strong knowledge of HLSL/PSSL.

    • Desired: DirectX experience.

    • Desired: C# experience.

  • Tool Knowledge

    • Required: Experience with CPU and GPU profiling tools; Razor, RenderDoc, etc.

    • Required: Visual Studio with strong experience debugging and profiling code.

    • Desired: Experience working with PS4 or PS5 hardware.

    • Desired: Perforce, Jira, Confluence, and Jenkins

  • Craft Experience

    • Required: Solid understanding of real-time rendering techniques.

    • Required: Hands-on experience implementing lighting systems for real-time rendering.

    • Desired: Experience with Importance Sampling, Reservoir Sampling, Radiance Caching, Raytracing, Denoising.

    • Desired: Strong math skills in the area of physically based lighting; linear algebra, trigonometry, calculus, statistics.

Other Criteria:

  • Experience

    • Degree: B.S. in computer science or equivalent experience.

    • Years of Experience: 7+ years of rendering programming preferred.

    • Required: Strong experience that allows for mentoring and growth opportunities.

    • Required: Has shipped at least 2 AAA console games or equivalent experience.

  • Additionally, you should possess

    • A proven ability to manage time, self-organize, and meet deadlines.

    • Critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

    • Strong communication skills.

    • Ability to work within memory and performance budgets.

    • Ability to balance physical correctness with artistic desires.

    • Ability to objectively and subjectively assess visual quality.

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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.
$132,000$198,000 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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