Research Engineer (R23232)


At the core of Epic’s success are talented, passionate people. Epic prides itself on creating a collaborative, welcoming, and creative environment. Whether it’s building award-winning games or crafting engine technology that enables others to make visually stunning interactive experiences, we’re always innovating.

Being Epic means being a part of a team that continually strives to do right by our community and users. We’re constantly innovating to raise the bar of engine and game development.

What We Do

Epic Games creates and deploys advanced computer-vision and machine learning technologies to transform the production and consumption of digital media. With our MetaHuman Product, we enable creation of photorealistic digital faces and push the boundaries of Digital Humans. 

Our innovations include world-leading technologies for precise facial tracking in marker-less video, stereo, and depth data. These methods, already well-known for powering the industry's leading digital human services, now bring high-fidelity experiences to creatives and consumers alike.

What You'll Do

An exciting opportunity for an experienced Machine Learning Researcher to join Epic Games Research & Development team, a world-leading provider of digital human and facial animation technology. 

The ideal candidate will bring passion for digital humans and experience in the fields of computer graphics, computer vision, and machine learning. You will develop and apply algorithms in the domain of human face and body detection, segmentation, reconstruction, modelling, rigging, and tracking to help us build the next generation of digital humans. We developed one of the world’s best face and body 3D and 4D scanners and have the team and toolsets for creating extremely precisely labelled datasets. If you are looking to push the state-of-the-art using the best data out there and would like to help us cross the uncanny valley, we would like to hear from you!

In This Role You Will

  • Research, develop and deploy machine learning methods for 3D reconstruction, automated facial tracking and other vision and graphics related applications.
  • Partner with Epic projects and products to deploy and deliver solutions and new valuable capabilities to Epic products.
  • Turn research prototypes into robust, well-engineered code which can be used in Epic’s products.
  • Work on ‘special projects’: one-time projects requiring significant research innovation.
  • Investigate, analyze and make recommendations to management regarding technology improvements, upgrades and modifications.
  • Learn about / evaluate the latest technologies which may be relevant to the company’s goals; attend relevant conferences, etc.

What We're Looking For

  • MSc or PhD in Computer Science, Computer Graphics, Machine Learning or a related discipline.
  • Experience with Computer Graphics and Computer Vision techniques.
  • Understanding of mathematical optimization and underlying implementation of modern neural network architectures.
  • Ability to deliver tangible and deployable code and software solutions.
  • Understanding of modern Machine Learning concepts.
  • Experience with ML frameworks such as TensorFlow, Keras, Torch, Caffe, etc.
  • Strong programming skills in C++ (preferably C++ 11/14) and Python.
  • Nice To Have Skills:
    • Software development experience in a commercial environment.
    • Experience with a 3D animation package or rendering engine (e.g. Maya, Motionbuilder, Unreal Engine).
    • Research Experience demonstrated through publication in top-tier conferences.
    • Demonstrated ability to collaborate  and communicate with engineering teams.


Our intent is to cover all things that are medically necessary and improve the quality of life. We pay 100% of the premiums for both you and your dependents. Our coverage includes Medical, Dental, a Vision HRA, Long Term Disability, Life Insurance & a 401k with competitive match. We also offer a robust mental well-being program through Modern Health, which provides free therapy and coaching for employees & dependents. 

Throughout the year we celebrate our employees with events and company-wide paid breaks. We offer unlimited PTO and sick time and recognize individuals for 7 years of employment with a paid sabbatical.

Pay Transparency Information

The expected annual base pay range(s) for this position are detailed below. Each base pay range is relevant only for individuals who are residents of or will be expected to work within the specified locale. Compensation varies based on a variety of factors, which include (but aren’t limited to) things such as skills and competencies, qualifications, knowledge, and experience. In addition to base pay, most employees are eligible to participate in Epic’s generous benefit plans and discretionary incentive programs (subject to the terms of those plans or programs).

California Base Pay Range
$129,100$215,200 USD


Our mission is to evolve through exploring abstract landscapes of art and science, exciting new technologies and, most importantly, through nurturing continuous multi-disciplinary communication and company values among our team members. Our talented and devoted individuals are all gathered around the same vision of creating and constantly improving technology that allows creation of high-fidelity replicas of human appearance and motion with special focus on real time and usable across all digital mediums.

In order to ensure a supportive and collaborative environment we:

  • Enable professional long-term career development through continuous education and specialization
  • Work with exciting new technologies and ambitious, industry changing, projects
  • Attendance at the leading seminars and conferences from the industry
  • Sustain personal goals through family-oriented work regulations
  • Empower autonomy of thinking and acting
  • Pleasant working atmosphere in our cozy offices with friendly and well-minded individuals
  • Work from home model during pandemic

We are looking for new team members who can inspire us and are willing to give us a chance to inspire them, contribute to their ideas, skills and knowledge. With joint forces with our mother company Epic Games we are continually developing the state of the art in Unreal Engine as a leading team for creation of next generation virtual humans and creatures.

Note to Recruitment Agencies: Epic does not accept any unsolicited resumes or approaches from any unauthorized third party (including recruitment or placement agencies) (i.e., a third party with whom we do not have a negotiated and validly executed agreement). We will not pay any fees to any unauthorized third party.