Junior Medical Animator & Illustrator


Cognition Studio, Inc. is a consultancy/agency working with innovation leaders in life sciences, healthcare, and global health.

Our company comprises driven, passionate people who bring their unique backgrounds and perspectives to everything we do, and we are committed to fostering diversity, multiculturalism, and inclusion. We see each person’s views and a diverse workforce, as essential for individual and collective success. We believe it’s important to foster a company culture that encourages curiosity and passion—from learning opportunities to team outings and community outreach.

How to apply

Email a cover letter, resume and portfolio for review to the “Apply Here” link on this page with subject line: “Application: Jr. Medical Animator & Illustrator.”

Summary description:

We seek to add a Junior Medical Animator + Illustrator to our award-winning Science Storytelling team. As the ideal candidate for this role, you love to craft upstream biotech/pharma/healthcare narratives through static and motion that takes form in a variety of outlets and platforms to maximize impact.

As a Junior Medical Animator + Illustrator, you will help complex health, science, and technical information, data, and narratives come to life with clarity based on artistic capability, training, and science-driven rigor. You will be supporting the development of visual solutions from concept through completion. Like other science storytellers on our team, you will touch a broad range of clients, projects, and subject matter and will be expected to work in various mediums. You will work on a team that can include science storytellers, science writers, strategists, designers, and developers. Work areas include branded science storytelling for static or motion expressed in print, digital, or experiential (e.g., workplace environment, exhibit booth).

The ideal candidate for this role is an advocate for first-rate science storytelling. You are exceptionally creative, highly visual, human-oriented, equally researched, and artistically driven. You can communicate, defend, and build consensus around a visualization’s direction and help drive areas of the experience with a sense of passion and ownership.

Join our team and create science storytelling experiences that will have a meaningful impact on the world.


  • Create engaging 3D animations/models and illustrations for a broad range of topics that include both organic (e.g., cells, proteins) and inorganic (e.g., medical devices)
  • Create original work while ensuring a consistent level of artistic excellence and factual accuracy (i.e., scientific credibility)
  • Create high-quality work in a deadline-driven environment
  • Work collaboratively with our team of science storytellers, writers, designers, and developers to create animations, illustrations, or interactive pieces
  • Accurately track and log time on projects using project management software
  • Lean in to help meet delivery deadlines



Required: A master’s degree in Medical Illustration/Animation from an accredited program is required.


  • Excellent draftsmanship to solve complex problems (e.g., concept work)
  • Strong communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills along with exceptional attention to detail
  • Experience with Cinema 4D (or other 3D modeling and animating package – if experience lies in another software package, must be willing to move into Cinema 4D), including organic and inorganic modeling, physics and dynamics simulations (e.g., X-Particles, thinking particles), lighting, and texturing
  • Experience with After Effects, Photoshop, and Illustrator
  • Experience with 3D molecular viewers (e.g., ePMV, Chimera)
  • Positive attitude, self-motivated, strong work ethic, and strong problem-solving skills
  • Capable of working independently as well as on an internal team, taking direction from a project lead
  • Ability to understand and process constructive criticism, direction, and feedback both from the client and internally
  • Demonstrate diversity in medical illustration/animation portfolio

Preferred Qualifications

A preferred candidate is actively working towards a certified medical illustrator (CMI) status.

Experience with:

  • Storyboarding
  • Zbrush and Substance Suite
  • XR technologies



Equal Employment Opportunity Policy Statement

Cognition Studio, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Prohibits Discrimination and Harassment of Any Kind

Cognition is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees and to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions at Cognition are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, physical, mental or sensory disability, HIV Status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, past or present military service, family or parental status, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations. Cognition will not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on these characteristics and encourages applicants of all ages.