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Company Name:
Bethesda Softworks
Baltimore Area, Maryland
United States
Job Type:
Position type:
Full Time
PC / Windows, Playstation 4, Xbox One
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Experience Level:
Master's Degree/MBA

Physics Programmer

We’re ZOS - ZeniMax Online Studio. Established in 2007 by ZeniMax Media, ZeniMax Online was created to become a leading developer of online games, with special focus on Massively Multiplayer Online Games (MMOGs). In April 2014, ZeniMax Online released its debut title The Elder Scrolls Online (ESO) - www.elderscrollsonline.com.  

At ZeniMax Online, you will have an opportunity to be part of an innovative environment that embraces new and different ideas. We are a passionate and enthusiastic bunch who love video games, particularly MMOGs. We have incredibly talented individuals who are empowered to create, challenged to learn, and encouraged to lead. It’s the ideas, virtuosity, and leadership of these individuals that ensure ZOS’s continued success. Life at ZOS is awesome because we build really cool stuff and are urged to eliminate all obstacles that may hinder our ability to develop a unique genre-defining style of gameplay. All of this means more opportunities for you to unleash your ingenuity, energy, collaboration, and dedication.

As ZeniMax Online’s new Physics Programmer you will work across the development of low level physics systems and to innovate on physics in game. This is an exciting opportunity to develop cutting-edge physics and collision systems and use them in creative and novel ways. We want to hear from candidates who can iterate toward the perfect blend of realism and fun in how games feel to play and from candidates with a proven track record in robust, fast physics engine development.


You will be working with other departments such as Animation & AI, to solve complex physics problems - so as well as possessing the math skills you will be able to communicate with clarity and confidence as part of a creative team. You will grow and maintain the The Elder Scrolls Online client physics system and tools.


  • BS or MS in physics, mathematics, computer science degree or a related/equivalent technical discipline
  • 4+ years physics programming experience
  • Strong knowledge of real-time physics systems
  • Fluency in C/C++, Assembly, and SIMD programming
  • Experience with one or more real-time physics middleware (Havok, Physx, Bullet, etc) or equivalent custom/in-house solutions
  • Experience developing or working with collision response models, character controllers, ragdoll, and or cloth simulations
  • Comfort developing across multiple platforms (OSX, Windows, PS4, Xbox One)
  • Enjoys working daily with gameplay designers and technical artists to help craft solutions to complex problems
  • Prior experience driving and developing a physics engine for shipped game titles on current generation consoles
  • Experience of low level optimizations and fixing stability issues
  • Familiarity with existing physics packages


  • Advanced or outstanding math skills (linear algebra, trigonometry, matrix/quaternion math)
  • Strong multi-threaded programming skills
  • Admiration for video games and appreciation for the intelligence, passion, and creativity that goes into this work of art

Bethesda Softworks is a worldwide publisher of interactive entertainment software. Bethesda Softworks is recognized for critically acclaimed, high-quality blockbuster franchises such as The Elder Scrolls, DOOM, QUAKE, Fallout, Wolfenstein, The Evil Within, Dishonored, Prey and RAGE. www.bethsoft.com