VR Lab

3D Generalist
(Game Development/Immersive Environments)

Job Summary

An opening for a 3D Generalist in game development is available at the Val G. Hemming Simulation Center, Uniformed Services University.


Located in the Greater Washington D.C. Metro area, the Val G. Hemming Simulation Center (SimCen) is part of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU). USU is the United States Federal Government's medical school. The SimCen focuses on the use and development of simulation for medical education, and is the nation's largest integrated simulation facility for this purpose.

The SimCen's VME Laboratory is currently building the world's largest immersive virtual reality theater for training purposes. Known as the Wide Area Virtual Environment (WAVE), the system is designed to generate a wide range of synthetic environments for immersive medical team instruction. The WAVE integrates virtual reality with human patient simulators, live actors, and theatrical effects to provide a safe and effective training environment with unprecedented realism. A total of 24 screens and 53 computers generate stereoscopic 3D images over a 1,000 sq. ft. area. A multi-channel CobraNet audio system with a combined acoustic output of more than 10,000 watts completes this audio-visual environment. The WAVE incorporates a 36 camera Vicon system for tracking. This system also doubles as a motion capture system with an effective volume of better than 3,000 cubic feet.

The SimCen is expanding its computer-based simulation capability. It plans to include the development of new simulators for cricothyroidotomy, intracranial hematoma, pulmonary artery catheterization, and situational team training.

Essential Job Duties

  1. Create storyboards that visualize the script and narrative of training scenarios within the WAVE.
  2. Model and texture 3D assets, to include photo real backgrounds, sets, and objects for the WAVE. Objects include buildings, vehicles, terrain, and animal characters, as well as medical and other equipment consistent with the training scenario being developed.
  3. Model and texture 3D human characters.
  4. Assist in defining the 3D modeling and animation workflow for the VMELab.
  5. Provide feedback in the development of 3D modeling and animation tools for use in the WAVE render environment.
  6. Assist in the development and design of the SimCen's website and other graphics illustration requirements.

Non-essential Job Duties

  1. Assist in the transport and setup of simulator equipment at off site locations for training or exhibiting purposes.
  2. Assist in conducting tours and demonstrations for visitors to the VME Lab.

Required knowledge, skills, and abilities

The following are essential:

  1. BA or Associate Degree in 3D Digital Media, Computer Modeling, Computer Animation or equivalent.
  2. 3-5 years of experience in 3ds Max.
  3. Demonstrated proficiency with ZBrush, Mudbox, MotionBuilder, Photoshop.
  4. Demonstrated proficiency in designing, developing and rigging human characters.
  5. Demonstrated proficiency in key frame and motion capture animation.
  6. Demonstrated proficiency in developing photo real 3D environments.
  7. An ability to work as part of a team.
  8. A creative flair, as evidenced in prior work or current portfolio.
  9. Good time management and the ability to deliver on schedule.
  10. Be willing to share and instruct, as well as and learn from team members.

The following are highly desirable:

  1. Good hand drawing & story boarding skills.
  2. Good knowledge of human anatomy.

Minimum education/training requirements

  1. BA or Associate Degree in 3D Digital Media, Computer Modeling, Computer Animation or equivalent.

Minimum experience

  1. 3 to 5 years as a 3D generalist in the gaming industry or equivalent.

Interested candidates should contact Alan Liu with a current resume.