Join our team creating state-of-the-art virtual learning environments, educational simulations, and serious games! Positions provide flexible scheduling around your class schedule or academic needs, with alternating co-op semesters depending upon your academic program requirements.

UCSIM welcomes applicants of all experience levels – as long as you’re passionate about developing great immersive technology applications!


The UCIT Center for Simulations & Virtual Environments Research seeks a talented student 3D modeler and animator with previous game or simulation development experience for exciting student worker position developing virtual learning environments, educational simulations, and serious games.  

This position offers a wide variety of opportunities to apply your creativity and skills, including designing and developing 3D models and animation assets for gameplay and simulation systems using the Unity3D game engine; developing low and high poly models for 3D virtual and augmented reality applications including 2D skin and texture design; rigging and animating models; designing, testing and refining model and animation elements; performing QA to debug, document, and deliver top quality work; and working with a team of artists and developers to create the best virtual experience possible within time and budget constraints.  

Preference will be given to applicants in Electronic Media, Game Design, Fine Arts, or related fields of study, or who have previous 3d modeling and animation experience with the Unity3D game engine or similar game engines.  The ideal applicant has a great sense of humor and attitude, a strong work ethic, enjoys working independently or in a team environment depending upon the project, and is passionate about developing interfaces for virtual environments and the emerging metaverse.  Position provides flexible scheduling around your classes and academic requirements.


  • Must be enrolled at least part-time (6 credit hours for undergraduate students and 5 credit hours for graduate students), with the exception of summer term, or will be a registered student during the next academic semester for summer work.

  • Must be age 18 or older.

  • Must be available to work throughout the summer term.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

  • Some proficiency with 3D modeling using 3DSMax, Maya, or Blender.

  • Applicants must have excellent problem solving skills and the ability to coordinate well with other artists on the team.

  • Must have a high comfort with using developer websites, discussion boards, support forums, and user community postings to solve technical issues.


  • Proficiency  with 3DSMax, Maya, or Blender.

  • Experience with the Unity3D game engine preferred, other game engine experience or development a plus.
  • Experience designing character models and animating characters for Virtual Reality and/or Augmented Reality applications preferred, including development for Oculus Rift or Quest, HTC Vive, Google Cardboard, Google Daydream, Samsung GearVR, Google Glass, or Microsoft Hololens.
  • Knowledge or previous experience with UV/texture mapping workflow between 3D and 2D editing programs, such as Maya/Photoshop.
  • Knowledge of various texture maps that are used for materials, such as normal, diffuse, occlusion, etc.
  • Experience with motion capture technologies such as MS Kinect, Motion Builder, Mechanim, Cortex, etc.
  • Drawing, sculpting, painting, and other traditional fine art skills a plus.
  • Knowledgeable in other Adobe programs (Illustrator, Flash, etc).
  • Knowledge or previous experience with 3D content pipelines (Maya/Max/Photoshop/Illustrator into game engine) a plus.

The ideal applicant has a great sense of humor and attitude, a strong work ethic, enjoys working independently or in a team environment depending upon the project, and is passionate about gaming, virtual environments, and the emerging metaverse.

The University of Cincinnati is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer / M / F / Veteran / Disabled.

The University of Cincinnati does not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, parental status (including status as a foster parent), sex, age, sexual orientation, veteran status, military status (past, present, or future), or gender identity and expression in its programs and activities.