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Unity Developer | Contract | £300 pd

Overview

  • £200-£300 pd DOE
  • 3 month contract
  • Hybrid working
  • August start

Benefits

  • Opportunity to progress to a full time role
 

Who We Are & What We Do

Karno is an immersive gaming company with a rich heritage of incredible games experienced in the real world. In 2.8 Hours Later, zombies chased players across their city and in Wolves we had a real wolf pack eluding players in the Lakeland Hills. Our games are deeply engaging, sometimes challenging, but they always ask searching questions about how humans live together, and within the natural world.

Now, we are embarking on a hugely ambitious and very exciting project: a new game that takes place entirely within players’ mobile devices, but requires players to move about the world to move through the game. It’s a kind of nature treasure hunt that aims to educate young people about ecology through play and exercise. We’re calling it Loupe  and we’re putting together a team to build it.

Core to the game is an innovative bit of technology, an AI component that predicts the presence of species at any point on the earth’s surface. The game uses this to determine what lives at the player’s location and to set challenges. To build this, we are working with leading academics from Bristol and Birmingham Universities, including a professor of biodiversity modelling. 

We are a purpose driven company with a culture that promotes employee wellbeing, and a healthy work life balance. We operate an open and flat company structure, valuing the creativity and contribution of all members of the team. Bristol based, we are a remote first company but expect attendance in our workspace at least once a week.

The Opportunity

We’re looking for a Unity developer to join us building a proof of concept prototype. This is initially for a 12 week engagement, but we aim to extend this as we secure further funding – ideally this will become a full time PAYE role.

We’re a startup planning on scaling quickly, but sustainably. The opportunity will suit someone who relishes challenges, is highly flexible (startup life is never predictable) and wants to work on products that have impact on the serious environmental challenges humanity is facing.

What You Will Be Doing

You will be working closely with Karno founder and game designer Simon Evans, and ex-Niantic game development consultant V Buckenham on building the game. The fourth member of the team will be a game artist, who will work alongside you designing the UI and preparing assets.

The AI team will be building the species prediction model alongside your game development work. You’ll be liaising with them regularly, sharing our ideas about gaming species prevalence and co-existence, and feeding back on the data the AI model produces.

We have prepared a game design document, logic flow diagrams and wireframes. We have also created a draft backlog and you will collaborate with the team in planning out a series of sprints, within which you will undertake the work over 12 weeks of the contract.

You will be responsible for undertaking the development of the game, this will include:

  • Implementing logic flows and game loops
  • Implementing the game UI designs
  • liaising with our developer who is working on the AI component, to share game data requirements and feedback on the model output
  • Facilitating testing at key points of the development cycle
  • Publishing the game to the relevant app stores for testing
  • Implementing testing feedback

 

Who We Are Looking For

We are looking for an experienced Unity developer who is a highly flexible, self-reliant team player. We are looking for someone who is:

  • A developer experienced building UI-focused mobile games with Unity
  • Has good C# skills
  • Comfortable collaborating with artists & designers
  • Cares about making a quality game that players will enjoy
  • Who is also pragmatic and knows that done is often better than perfect

 

It’d be great if you also:

  • had an interest in the natural world, especially the flora and fauna of the UK
  • want to help address environmental collapse
  • had experience working with GIS data

What You get in Return

We’re offering £200 to £300 per day, for a three month contract. We are Bristol based, and whilst this is a remote role, we expect attendance in our Bristol office at least once a week.

Apply Now

Send your CV to jobs@karno.is along with a short note on why you are interested in this opportunity. Also, if you have a portfolio, Github, or website to show us that would be great.

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