Unreal Game & Technical Designer

Permanent employee, Full-time · Berlin/Remote

What is Yaak?
Yaak is developing a driver coaching platform (SafetyOS) that prioritizes safety. Partnering with our driving school customers around the world, we codify into SafetyOS their decades of experience in scoring, detecting, explaining and correcting human driving. We actually don't do anything with yaks.
Why human driving?
The year 2007 heralded new possibilities in autonomous driving. The excitement wasn't unfounded of course. We had solved driving in the rugged terrain of the Mojave Desert, with no internet connection and without supervision. Full Self-Driving seemed like a few years away. A decade, a deep learning revolution, and many $B later we are still waiting for it, if/when it's unaffordable.

At Yaak we asked ourselves how to go about building AI that is provably safe. How can we bake trust into it from grounds up? Instead of building a classic AV stack, why not build a safety-first driving platform that can score, detect, explain and correct human driving with high precision before it's allowed on public roads.

What is the place of Simulation in all this?

Our in-vehicle VR simulation kit not only scores many points in bullshit bingo for its fancy name, it also allows driving schools to provide an enriched, overarching learning experience for the students, which in turn allows us to generate more valuable data to develop and improve our SafetyOS. It provides efficient learning experiences specific to the schools' regions and tailored to the student's progress, adding to the normal driving experience by providing a safe and fun way of learning how to drive.
The Role
As a game and technical designer in the simulation team,

  • You collaborate with driving teachers, level designers, UI & UX designers, technical artists and engineers to understand, clarify and review the client's needs
  • You help the clients understand technical limitations and opportunities to allow them to focus their ideas in the right direction
  • You design the educational flow and driving lesson rules to provide a compelling, fun and educational driving student experience
  • You design, prototype and possibly implement the identified systems
  • You frame the diversity of simulation systems in clear and concise documentation
  • You help your team understand the product requirements you set to enable efficient planning and implementation of the features
  • You make sure the Yaak Simulator is a fun and and easy experience for the students and gives educational value!
You won't see hard requirements here for certain degrees or exact years of experience because we know everyone has their own unique journey. If you're brilliant at your craft, and are either an experienced collaborator or motivated to learn and excel at it, we'll know it when we see it.

You have:
  • A proven track record as a technical / system designer in games, edutainment or education software
  • Interest in the learning and education process of driving students and how to improve it
  • Experience collaborating with engineers, technical artists and level designers
  • Experience handling communication with external customers
  • A very solid understanding of driving & traffic rules
Big plus for:
  • You want to bring the learning experience of driving students into the 21st century
  • Proficiency in using Unreal Blueprints
  • You have worked in a distributed team for an extended period of time
  • Relevant experience in developing VR applications
  • Proficiency using Perforce (Helix) Source Control & Unreal Game 
Bonus points for:
  • Theoretical or practical knowledge on human learning
  • Experience with gamification strategies in educational context
  • Competitive compensation package with employee stock options program
  • Yearly public transport ticket and mobility bonus
  • Flexible work-from-home policy (even when the world is pandemic-free)
  • Quarterly off-site somewhere in the world, to regroup with the team and plan
  • Work in an international team full of talented, chill and cooky people
  • Visa and relocation support

Distributed-first perks

  • Free access to corporate apartment in Berlin (Yaak HQ)
  • Company credit card for managing regular travel to Yaak HQ 
Diversity in Tech
Yaak is committed to fostering diversity and inclusion. We want you on our team — no matter your ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, disability, or if you’re currently parenting the next world leader. It's our belief that the best work gets done when one feels appreciated, supported and are their most authentic self.
We are looking forward to hearing from you!
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