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Gameplay Programmer (0.8-1FTE)

Geplaatst: 09-07-2024
Sluitingsdatum: 18-08-2024
Breda University of Applied Sciences
Tijdelijk, Vast 
min. 0.8 fte, max. 1 fte 
max. 10 (€3.471,10 - €5.170,32) 
Stafdienst (algemeen) 


You are passionate about programming, coding and game development and would like to use your skills to help industry and colleagues during Cradle projects. Cradle is the research and development lab of the Academy for Games & Media (AGM) at Breda University of Applied Sciences (BUas). As a gameplay programmer (0.8-1FTE) you will be working near the city centre of Breda, on a green, sustainable and high-tech campus at a top-ranked academy interconnected with the industry.

About this job
As a gameplay programmer, you will mainly work for Cradle, which is the research and development lab of the Academy for Games & Media at Breda University of Applied Sciences (BUas). As part of the R&D department, you will work on a range of projects, which all vary in objective and content (see https://cradle.buas.nl).The projects come from the domains of Media, Animation, Mixed Reality, Entertainment Games, Digital Twins and Applied and Serious Games. They will always fit one or more of the professorships, involve external parties and aim to push innovation.

You will be responsible for developing gameplay systems and mechanics in collaboration with designers, artists and other programmers. Your activities focus on:  

  • Writing clean, efficient, and maintainable code to create high-quality gaming experiences; 
  • Debugging and optimising code for performance and stability across various platforms;  
  • Participating in brainstorming sessions and contributing innovative ideas to the development process;  
  • Staying up-to-date with the latest trends and technologies in game development;  
  • Documenting code and technical processes to ensure maintainability and knowledge dissemination within the team;  
  • Presenting the developed work for external partners.  

You love to work with experts and enjoy the benefits of working in an educational environment. BUas aims to create a stimulating workplace for both students and staff, to enable them to integrate knowledge and skills, to develop their talents to the fullest and apply these to society in a professional and responsible manner.

What do we offer?

  • The salary for this position amounts to a monthly minimum of € 3,471.10 and a monthly maximum of € 5,170.32 (gross amounts based on full-time employment); 
  • This position is valued at level 10 of the CAO HBO (collective labour agreement). Your official job title will be researcher; 
  • This position involves a one-year employment contract with the possibility of conversion into an indefinite employment contract; 
  • Your commuting expenses will be fully reimbursed when you travel by public transport;  
  • You will receive compensation for health insurance; 
  • You will receive an end-of year benefit of 8.3% and an annual holiday allowance of 8%; 
  • You will also be awarded professional development hours every year and almost eleven weeks of holiday entitlements in a full-time position;  
  • You will be working at a top-ranked university of applied sciences on a green, sustainable campus near the city centre of Breda;
  • You will be working in an attractive and friendly working environment together with enthusiastic colleagues from the industry and students from around the world. The research team at the Academy for Games & Media is very close-knit and diversity and inclusion is rooted in our DNA;
  • You will be working on cutting-edge and innovative projects and technology;
  • Moving from abroad to Breda in the Netherlands?  We provide support and financial reimbursements in the case of relocation and settling-in in the Netherlands. Dutch tax authorities may offer tax reduction to applicants from abroad (which makes tax rates comparable to the UK and US).  

What do we ask of you?

  • You have a relevant bachelor’s degree in a related field;   
  • You have experience as a gameplay programmer or similar role in the game development industry;  
  • You are experienced with game engines such as Unity or Unreal Engine; 
  • You have a strong proficiency in C++ and/or C#, with experience in other programming languages being a plus;  
  • You have strong problem-solving skills and attention to detail, resulting in the ability to write strong, reliable and efficient code;   
  • You have comprehensive knowledge on and understanding of networked systems, UI/UX implementation and animation;  
  • You have familiarity with agile development, Jira/Confluence, and version control systems (e.g. Git or Perforce);  
  • You have a strong work ethic and self-motivation, and a passion for gaming; 
  • You have a positive and proactive attitude, with a team-oriented mindset. You love working in a small team environment, taking initiative and adapting to new challenges;  
  • The team you will be working with consists of people with varied nationalities and cultures; therefore, having excellent verbal and written communication skills in English is a necessity; 
  • If you do not meet all the job requirements, we warmly invite you to apply anyway. If you are the right candidate, we can offer you a suitable, adapted position with matching tasks and responsibilities and a corresponding initial salary. We will then agree on a joint development path, in which you will eventually be given the tasks, responsibilities and powers that fit the job in question. At that point, you will naturally move up to the corresponding higher salary scale. 

The application process
Please send us your application before 19 August 2024 via the online application form (see link on this page). Do you have any questions? Feel free to contact Carlos Santos via santos.c@buas.nl with questions about the job itself, or recruitment@buas.nl for questions about the application process. Due to the summer holiday, no substantive questions about the vacancy will be answered between 15 July and 18 August.

You will receive a reply to your application two weeks after the closing date at the latest. Among candidates with equal qualifications and experience, preference will be given to the internal candidate.

External recruiters need not inquire.

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