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Sr. Machine Learning Engineer

Apply NowApply Later Job ID 10053937 Location Burbank, California, United States Business Studios Content Date posted Sep. 13, 2023

Job Summary:

The Walt Disney Studios is composed of creative professionals who produce live-action and animated motion pictures, direct-to-video content, musical recordings and live stage plays that tell memorable, life-changing stories. Few media and entertainment companies can rival the brands we have the honor of bringing to the world.

As part of the Studio Technology team you’ll be joining a group of seasoned, dedicated technologists solving a range of creative problems in innovative ways within an exciting and dynamic industry.

We are looking for a Sr. Machine Learning Engineer to join our StudioLAB team: someone who wants to shape the next generation of creative and production technology and directly help drive innovation across our cinematic pipelines and theatrical experiences. This is an individual contributor role who will be an active member of our Machine Learning Group, which is responsible for developing, implementing and deploying machine learning solutions across the Disney Studios. We are a diverse and welcoming team who focus on collaborative and supportive ways of working.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Develop, debug and deploy new applications of machine learning

  • Test and benchmark academic papers, ML applications and tools

  • Guide technology transfer both to and from external teams

  • Collaborate with our partners across the Disney Studios, including Marvel, Walt Disney Animation, Pixar and ILM to address their needs


  • 3+ years of experience in software engineering, machine learning or related discipline

  • Experience in Python or C++

  • Ideally experience in a production software development environment (version control, automated testing, build tools)

  • Strong understanding of the foundations of ML techniques, including linear algebra and statistics

  • Extensive knowledge of deep learning algorithm development and experimentation

  • Familiarity with Docker or other containerization systems

  • Rock-solid skills in machine learning and deep learning methodologies

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Ideally experience deploying ML in a large-scale, distributed environment is a plus.


  • Master’s degree or PhD in computer science or related fields, specializing in machine learning, analytics, computer vision or closely-related discipline

The hiring range for this position in California is $136,038.00-$182,490.00 per year based on a 40 hour work week. The amount of hours scheduled per week may vary based on business needs. The base pay actually offered will take into account internal equity and also may vary depending on the candidate’s geographic region, job-related knowledge, skills, and experience among other factors. A bonus and/or long-term incentive units may be provided as part of the compensation package, in addition to the full range of medical, financial, and/or other benefits, dependent on the level and position offered.

About Studios Content:

The Studios Content group encompasses a collection of world-class entertainment studios that produce high-quality cinematic storytelling for both theatrical and streaming release. It is also home to Disney Theatrical Productions, producer of popular stage shows on Broadway and around the world.

About The Walt Disney Company:

The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with the following business segments: Disney Entertainment, ESPN, Disney Parks, and Experiences and Products. From humble beginnings as a cartoon studio in the 1920s to its preeminent name in the entertainment industry today, Disney proudly continues its legacy of creating world-class stories and experiences for every member of the family. Disney’s stories, characters and experiences reach consumers and guests from every corner of the globe. With operations in more than 40 countries, our employees and cast members work together to create entertainment experiences that are both universally and locally cherished.

This position is with The Traveling Lab, which is part of a business we call Studios Content.

The Traveling Lab is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status or any other basis prohibited by federal, state or local law. Disney fosters a business culture where ideas and decisions from all people help us grow, innovate, create the best stories and be relevant in a rapidly changing world.

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