Jan 12, 2024

Company Overview: Welcome to Muddy Robot Games—a sanctuary where creativity and innovation interlace to craft immersive gaming experiences. Our indie studio is a haven for those eager to unearth wonder through play, crafting narratives that connect players to the whimsy of the past and the promise of tomorrow. We are a fully remote team, thriving on a culture that’s positive, diverse, and open to all who share our vision of rediscovering the thrill of exploration and imagination.

Job Description: We are seeking a highly skilled Environmental Developer with a specialization in water shader development for Unity. The ideal candidate will possess a deep understanding of environmental elements, particularly water flow and behavior, and will be responsible for creating a realistic and visually appealing custom water shader for our upcoming game.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop a high-quality custom water shader using Unity, ensuring compatibility with different platforms.
  • Collaborate with the art and design teams to achieve the desired aesthetic and performance benchmarks.
  • Optimize water rendering for performance without compromising visual quality.
  • Research and implement advanced techniques in water physics, reflection, refraction, and other related effects.
  • Regularly test and iterate on water effects to enhance realism and visual appeal.
  • Document and maintain the shader codebase for future reference and updates.
  • Stay updated with the latest trends and advancements in shader development and Unity technologies.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Game Development, or a related field.
  • Proven experience in developing custom shaders, specifically for water, in Unity URP.
  • Strong understanding of water dynamics, physics, and environmental interactions.
  • Proficiency in C# and shader programming languages (HLSL/GLSL).
  • Solid experience with Unity’s rendering pipeline and its optimization techniques.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment and communicate effectively.
  • Creative problem-solving skills and a keen eye for detail.

Nice to Have:

  • Experience with 3D modeling and texturing.
  • Portfolio showcasing previous water shader work.
  • Familiarity with other game engines and their respective shader languages.

Personal Attributes:

  • Adaptable and Agile: Possesses the flexibility to adapt to new challenges and the agility to shift focus or priorities in a fast-paced and dynamic startup environment.
  • Innovative and Proactive: Shows initiative in problem-solving, always looking for creative solutions and improvements, and is not afraid to suggest new ideas that could benefit the projects or the company.
  • Team-Oriented: Demonstrates strong collaboration skills, understanding that teamwork is crucial to success, and is willing to lend a hand to colleagues or seek help when needed.
  • Open Communication: Practices clear and open communication, can articulate thoughts and ideas effectively, and is receptive to feedback and constructive criticism.
  • Passionate and Driven: Exhibits a strong passion for gaming and a drive to contribute to the creation of memorable gaming experiences, motivated by a shared vision of excellence.

Work Environment: We are currently a fully remote studio. We are calling for individuals across the United States who are ready to join our narrative from 9-5 PM based on their local time zone, Monday through Friday. We are unable to bring on international candidates at this time.

Compensation: Muddy Robot Games invites you to contribute your skills and expertise as a contractor. Instead of a traditional salary, you will receive equity shares in the company, signifying your role as a stakeholder. The initial value of your equity is based on a fair market valuation, corresponding to the agreed-upon worth of your input. 

Our equity compensation model is structured to proportionately reward your contributions. As the company progresses, it’s important to understand that the value of your equity may vary with market conditions and company performance. Prospective contractors should consult with a professional regarding the legal and tax implications of equity compensation.

Job Category: Creative Technical
Job Type: Full Time
Job Location: Remote

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