Jobs & internships

It’s great that you’re interested in working or doing an internship with us! If you’re looking for an internship, take a look at this page to see how it all works. To make the process of applying for an internship as easy as possible, we have created a profile for each discipline. Are you matching a profile? Then we would like to receive your internship application. We have one available internship position per discipline.

Want to come and work with us? Not a bad idea either: our current vacancies are shown below. If there’s nothing for you, but you’d still like to work with us, find out how to send an open application on our contact page.

Web developer (full-time)

We are looking for a full-stack web developer, specialized in PHP and PHP frameworks such as Laravel. We offer a creative, fulfilling and demanding position in which you work independently in a small development team.

Grendel Games

We are an international, award-winning serious game developer located in the Netherlands. We create games with a purpose for healthcare, sustainability and other societal issues. We also have an active R&D department. Examples of our products are training games for surgical training, a game that helps people save water and a game for physical rehabilitation in kids. Our games include both client projects as well as our own projects, and combine entertainment with purpose in a unique way. We have close-knit team built on trust, openness and equality.

What you will be doing

You will be the web developer in one of our three independent development teams and will be responsible for the technical design, implementation and maintenance of the online dashboards, websites and backends linked to our games. You will work in close cooperation with your team on different projects during a year.

  • Together with the team and stakeholders you will create the technical design for the required online platform.
  • You will program all code for the platform, front-end and backend, taking into account re-use of existing modules and libraries and designing your own code for easy re-use in future projects.
  • You will ensure the platform’s technical correctness, security and performance.
  • You will create the frontend based on the designs and artwork of the other members of the team.
  • Besides working on web technology, you’re welcome to give input and ideas on all aspects of our products’ designs.
  • You will communicate with the client about the technical requirements for a dashboard and gather these requirements in formal documentation.
  • As part of the engineering team you will formulate and iterate on the company’s technical vision for the future.

The requirements

  • Skilled in both backend and frontend development.
  • Required proficiencies:
    • PHP (7+) and PHP frameworks such as Laravel
    • JavaScript and JavaScript frameworks such as Vue.js
    • SQL and database design
    • Modern HTML and CSS
  • Ability to clearly comment code and conform to specific coding standards.
  • Experience with using SVN or similar source control systems.
  • Experience with debugging and optimizing code.
  • Experience with C# or Unity is a plus.
  • Be able to work independently.
  • Eager to learn
  • Have a strong vision and drive.
  • Have a strong client-oriented mindset and good communication skills.
  • Be able to work closely in a small creative team.
  • Having a portfolio demonstrating a range of work illustrating these requirements.

What we offer

  • Be able to work on products that make our world a better place.
  • Responsibility and freedom in your work.
  • Room for experimentation and growth.
  • Scheduled time and budget for personal development, education and training.
  • Work with a creative and driven team of professionals.
  • Work in an old Dutch prison in a relaxed game studio (when the current situation allows it again)

Employment: full-time
Location: Leeuwarden, The Netherlands.

If you’re interested in this position or if you have some questions, contact friso@grendelgames.com for more information.

Game developer (full-time)

We are looking for an all-round game programmer with experience in developing with Unity and C#. We offer a creative, fulfilling and demanding position in which you work independently in a small development team.

Grendel Games

We are an international, award-winning serious game developer located in the Netherlands. We create games with a purpose for healthcare, sustainability and other societal issues. We also have an active R&D department. Examples of our products are training games for surgical training, a game that helps people save water and a game for physical rehabilitation in kids. Our games include both client projects as well as our own projects, and combine entertainment with purpose in a unique way. We have close-knit team built on trust, openness and equality.

What you will be doing?

You will be the programmer in one of our three independent development teams and will be responsible for the technical design and implementation for that team’s projects. Each team consists of 1 designer, 1 artist and 1 engineer and each team owns multiple projects which are worked on in scheduled blocks of two weeks.

  • Together with the team and stakeholders you will create the technical design for a game.
  • You will program the game’s code, taking into account re-use of existing modules and libraries and designing your own code for easy re-use in future projects.
  • You will ensure your game’s technical correctness and performance.
  • You have input in all aspects of a game’s development, both technical as well as artistic and design-wise.
  • You will communicate with the client about the technical requirements for a game and gather these requirements in formal documentation.
  • As part of the engineering team you will formulate and iterate on the company’s technical vision for the future.

What are the requirements?

  • Skilled in software design.
  • Proficient in C++/C# and Object Oriented Programming.
  • A strong grasp of vector mathematics and algebra.
  • Experience with developing for PC/Mac, web and mobile platforms.
  • Ability to clearly comment code and conform to specific coding standards.
  • Experience with using SVN or similar source control systems.
  • Experience with debugging and optimizing software.
  • Be eager to learn.
  • Experience with web development, PHP and/or Laravel is a plus.
  • Be able to work independently.
  • Have a strong vision and drive.
  • Have a strong client-oriented mindset and good communication skills.
  • Be able to work closely in a small creative team.
  • Having shipped 2 titles.
  • Having a portfolio demonstrating a range of work illustrating these requirements.

What we have to offer?

  • Be able to make games WITH a purpose to make our world a better place.
  • Responsibility and freedom in your work.
  • Room for experimentation and growth.
  • Scheduled time and budget for personal development.
  • Work with a creative and driven team of professionals.
  • Work in an old Dutch prison in a relaxed game studio.

Employment: full-time
Location: Leeuwarden, The Netherlands.

If you’re interested in this position or if you have some questions, contact jj@grendelgames.com for more information.

Internship profiles

General profile

  • You are looking for an internship of one semester (20 weeks) or longer.
  • You are socially proficient
  • You like to work in a team.
  • You have an independent and proactive working attitude
  • You speak and write English fluently.
  • You love to play and create games.
  • You are motivated to work in the game development industry
  • You know that you are applying for a game development position and you show work that fits within this context.
  • You are aware that working in the game industry is not always perfect and sometimes can be frustrating, annoying or difficult.

Portfolio

  • Resume.
  • An appliance letter in which you explain why you want to do your internship with us.
  • Always show your best and most recent work.

Engineering profile

  • You are experienced with an object-oriented programming language (C#/C++/Java).
  • You are experienced with the Unity3D engine.
    • Experience with Unreal Engine is also accepted if you are willing to invest time to learn Unity3D
  • You are experienced with designing, implementing and debugging algorithms and data structures
  • You focus on writing reusable, maintainable and expandable code.
  • You are proficient in math on a highschool level (HAVO/Higher General Secondary Education)
    • A grasp of vector mathematics is beneficial.

Portfolio

  • Two or more game development related projects that give a good impression of your skills. Preferably these projects are also playable/testable, but the code is the most important.
  • Explain during your application which parts of your code you want to discuss and explain.
  • If you worked with multiple programmers on a project, make it clear which parts of the code are yours.

Game design profile

  • You speak and write Dutch or English fluently.
  • You know how to translate serious objectives to fun game mechanics.
  • You are very good at at least one of the skils below:
    • Narrative design
    • UX/UI design
    • Game balance
    • Level design

Portfolio

  • At least one game design document that you have written.
  • Material that shows your contribution to at least 3 games.

Art profile

  • You can show work in different styles, ranging from cartoony to realistic.
  • You can show work in different applications, for example environment design, character design, UI design (visual), 2D assets (game ready), texture jobs, etc.
  • You can show that you know how to create and deliver game-ready assets.
  • You have to be able to show that you posses the right skills. Think about composition, drawing, sketching, knowledge about color and it’s use.

Portfolio

  • Explain for each piece of work why you made it.
  • Add technical details to assets or textures, for example resolution, poly count, wireframes, etc.
  • In at least one piece of work, show your workflow steps. Starting from idea to sketch and the technique your are using until the end product.
  • If you apply for an animator position, we would like you to show that you master the animation principles. Deliver at least a walk cycle of a character.
  • Make sure that your portfolio is clean and easily accessible. We prefer Sketchfab for 3D models and animations and ArtStation for 2D work.

If you want to apply for an internship, then head over to our contact page and send us your internship application.