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Lead AI Programmer


We are looking for an experience, passionate and ambitious Lead AI Programmer to become a member of the CRYENGINE team.

You would be in charge of the design and architecture of the AI code and develop it together with your team. Our goal is to provide a comprehensive engine solution with high performance and a modular design that is easily accessible by users.

*Required documents that allow a careful evaluation of your application are resume, cover letter and additional samples / private projects (github)* 

Relocation & Remote Work
Although we believe living close to our studio helps foster team spirit and stronger bonds between team members, we understand that people have different needs and expectations for their place of residence. You have a choice of three location options, allowing you to work with Crytek from anywhere you wish:

1. Come to our modern headquarters in Frankfurt and receive an attractive relocation package and have access to all of our benefits.

2. If you are already living in a European Union member state, we are able to offer you a permanent work contract and allow you to work remotely as an employee from there. 

3. If you are interested in full-time remote work in any other country outside of the European Union, we can offer you a freelance contract arrangement.


    • Maintain and extend the existing AI framework and tools.
    • Work closely with animators, artists, designers and programmers to improve the AI system and support them in its application and tuning.
    • Gather requirements and set goals for the AI team, lead the design and architecture of the code development and coordinate its implementation.
    • Design new functional and engaging features and integrate them with existing AI, physics and animation systems.
    • Research the latest techniques in game AI to create believable characters and environments.
    • Plan development in coordination with project management.
    • Delegate effectively while involving team members in the decision making process.
    • Write clear, maintainable and robust code.
    • Test, debug, profile, optimize and document your implementations and set a standard for your team.
    • Look for opportunities to present your team’s results in- and outside the company.
    • Assist, mentor and train team members as needed.


    • 7+ years of programming experience in game AI development.
    • Master’s degree in Computer Science or equivalent experience.
    • Previously held a senior AI programmer or equivalent position.
    • Excellent programming skills in C++.
    • Experience with multi-threading.
    • Strong software engineering and debugging skills.
    • Experience with performance measurement and optimization.
    • Excellent understanding of AI architecture and standard technology (finite state machines, behavior trees, path finding, goal-oriented behavior, rule-based systems, learning, crowd behavior etc.).
    • Ability to learn and master a large existing code base.
    • Ability to learn about new techniques and adapt them to project requirements.
    • Good communication skills and ability to work effectively on shared projects with designers, animators, artists, testers, and other developers.


    • Experience with AI development for game engines.
    • Experience with multi-player games.
    • Experience with scripting languages (such as C# or Lua).
    • Experience with procedural content generation.

What you can expect from us

    • A refreshing yet highly professional atmosphere in a diverse team.
    • Flexible work time.
    • FUN.
    • Free public transportation ticket, which lets you use public transport free of charge 24/7.
    • Free German lessons
    • Company language is English. Any additional language is a plus, but not a requirement.
    • Extensive assistance with getting visa, work permits and communication with local authorities.
    • Relocation support.
    • A company apartment for your first few months and help in finding a private apartment. 
    • ...and much more! 
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