Unreal Engine Developer

Parallel World Labs
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September 22, 2023

Parallel World Labs is seeking an experienced Unreal Engine Developer for a short-term contract to work with our team on an exciting and highly innovative immersive digital museum project.


The ideal candidate will have the following skills and attributes:

  • Deep familiarity with Unreal Engine 5.1+
  • Familiarity with Unreal Metahuman 5.1+ including programmatic control of IK rigs, facial morph targets, blend spaces, look-at targets.
  • Proven experience developing high-quality interactive applications/games/experiences within the Unreal environment.
  • Understanding of NPC interaction coding.
  • Specialization in Animation Blueprint or C++ coding specific to triggering and controlling interactions with humanoid characters, including triggering dialogue and animation sequences.
  • Proven strategies for structuring and organizing animation assets for real-time playback within Unreal.
  • Experience developing 2D UI for real-time in-game overlays using provided visual assets and UX specs.
  • Inter-application communication (web server to Unreal integration): WebSockets, UDP or direct connection.
  • Creating Windows-based standalone executables (Windows 11).
  • Proven strategies for seamless blending of nonlinear NPC dialogue sequences based on user input.
  • Critical eye for quality and detail, particularly in terms of animation realism.

In addition to the above, the ideal candidate will have strong communication skills, can stay organized, work both independently and as part of a collaborative team, and is able to work efficiently to meet deadlines.


The following are considered assets:

  • External hardware/sensor integration into Unreal (motion sensor, presence sensor, pressure pads, computer vision etc.).
  • Telemetry and performance/memory monitoring tools and techniques within Unreal.
  • Experience creating stand-alone, self-booting installations using Unreal and Windows 11.
  • Proven experience retargeting Mixamo/Blender humanoid animations onto Metahumans (5.1+).
  • Computer vision integration using optical hardware (Oak-D, Kinekt, OpenCV etc.).

Access to an appropriate computer workstation with an RTX capable card and a solid internet connection are essential for this project. Work can be completed remotely.


Additional details:

  • Project Duration: Approximately 4 - 6 weeks. Candidates must be available for some additional hours following this period.
  • Job Type: Contract/Freelance (remote)
  • Hours of Work: Between 20 - 35 hours per week, as needed.


Parallel World Labs is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from qualified candidates including but not limited to visible and invisible minority group members, women, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, and persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities. We are committed to hiring on merit and welcome applications from all who feel they have the skills to work with our innovative and forward-thinking team.


How To apply:

To apply for this position, please forward your letter/email of interest and resume in a single PDF document by the application deadline. Please note that you will be asked to provide a link to your portfolio or examples of your work.

Thank you for your interest in working with Parallel World Labs!

Parallel World Labs

Parallel World Labs (PWLabs Inc) combines a unique creative vision with art, culture and technology solutions to create shared spaces in the virtual and real worlds.

We specialize in experience design and development of group-based and game-based learning experiences, simulation and virtual training environments, government research initiatives, interactive museum and visitor center design, and online experiences. We work largely in the sectors of Culture, Education and Health.

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