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R&D Engineer - Expression of Interest at The Walt Disney Company (San Francisco, CA)

| San Francisco, CA
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Position Summary
We are looking for software engineers for our R&D team, to develop state-of-the-art computer graphics tools that help artists create photo-realistic visual effects for major motion pictures.
We're looking for both junior and senior software engineers in a wide range of specialties, with interests that span the entire visual effects pipeline:
  • Modeling, rigging, animation, skinning, physically-based simulation
  • Computer vision and data acquisition, facial modeling, performance capture
  • Physically-based simulation of natural phenomena, procedural animation of crowds
  • Compositing and image processing
  • Virtual production, realtime rendering, in-camera visual effects
  • Asset management, 3D scene representation and assembly, artist-facing pipeline design

What You'll Do
  • Work in a collaborative, distributed team of full-time software engineers, and work directly with highly specialized and supremely talented artists, in ILM's studios in San Francisco, Vancouver, London, Singapore, and Sydney
  • Develop specialized computer graphics software tools, techniques, and pipeline systems for a wide range of visual effects production applications
  • Design artist-friendly user interfaces for authoring and interchanging 3D and 2D data as it moves between artists through the production pipeline
  • Extend, optimize, and simplify a sophisticated network of automated batch processes
  • Integrate commercial and open-source systems into the ILM production pipeline
  • Work with and extend ILM's proprietary content creation systems
  • Split time between long-term software development projects and day-to-day production needs

What We're Looking For
  • BS or advanced degree in computer science or related field, or equivalent experience
  • Demonstrated experience in professional software development and VFX production

Personal Skills
  • An intuitive understanding of the demands of a fast-paced, creatively-driven visual effects production environment
  • Readiness to place confidence in others, be trustworthy, and play nice
  • An ability to express yourself concisely, a willingness to speak up, and a conviction to keep everyone informed of progress and issues
  • An ability to listen intently and interpret artists' needs
  • An insightful and analytical thinker, and a creative problem solver

Technical Skills
  • Expert knowledge of programming in C++ and/or Python on Linux
  • Thorough knowledge of computer graphics and animation concepts: character rigging, geometric deformations, dynamic simulation, shading and rendering, etc; expertise in a particular area is a plus; expertise in machine learning is a plus-plus
  • Experience with commercial animation and VFX software applications relevant to the discipline, such as: Maya, Houdini, Katana, Nuke, etc.
  • Knowledge of industry-standard open-source software and systems relevant to the discipline, such as: OpenGL/CUDA, USD/Alembic, OpenVDB, OpenCV, OpenImageIO, etc.
  • Experience with GUI toolkits: Qt, PySide, etc.
  • Thorough knowledge of software design/development principles: design patterns, object-oriented design, agile development, etc.
  • Experience working with a large, complex, mature, and dynamic code base

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