Senior Graphics Engineer - Second Life

Engineering San Francisco, Seattle, Boston, Charlottesville, Atlanta, Remote, California


Position Intro

Bring user-generated content to life in vivid detail as part of our team of engineers on Second Life™ as a dedicated senior graphics engineer. We’ve defined what virtual worlds can be, but we need you to help make them look even more awesome on every platform we support.


  • Support the Second Life™ graphics engine using OpenGL on Windows and OS X
  • Develop new rendering techniques and implement them in the Second Life™ viewer
  • Integrate and update third-party libraries for mesh and texture decoding
  • Code-review and integrate open-source contributions to the Second Life™ viewer  

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • OpenGL programming (both pre and post deprecation flavors)
  • Develop graphics shaders with GLSL
  • Diagnosing rendering errors with tools like nSight or Pix
  • Performance analysis (CPU and GPU)
  • Metal/D3D12/Vulkan API programming
  • Good written communication skills

Extra Bonus Skills:

  • AR/VR Headset development
  • GPU Compute programming
  • Codec expertise (specifically, JPEG2K and PNG)

What would be awesome:

  • Familiarity with and enthusiasm for Second Life is a huge plus.
  • A sense of humor and a never-ending curiosity to love the really creative things our Residents do within our virtual world, especially when they do them in ways we didn’t think were possible.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent academic training and experience.  



  • Experience working in a highly distributed team

Travel Requirements

No travel required, but willingness to travel to team collaboration events up to a few times a year is a plus.

Physical Demands & Work Environment

The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use the computer and communicate with coworkers in an office environment.  The employee frequently is required to stand or sit to complete work and may occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.

Linden Lab seeks to maintain a diverse and welcoming workplace; therefore candidates from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Fine Print:

The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees in this job.  They are not intended to be construed, as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified.