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Render Support Engineer

Emeryville, California, United States

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Job ID R-03068 Location Emeryville, California, United States Business Pixar Animation Studios Date posted Oct. 01, 2021

Job Summary:


  • Onboard and provide farm support for all productions within the studio pipeline

  • Engage with Pixar artists/engineers in debugging technical issues and questions.

  • Active involvement with daily tasks to keep multiple shows running efficiently.

  • Ensure farm health using various monitoring tools.

  • Assist with maintaining, provisioning and repairing farm machines using various software tools.

  • Document standard runbooks and operating procedures

  • Collaborate and communicate across production and other technical departments.

  • Participate in rotation of off-hours on call support


  • Pipeline experience in film or animation or visual effects industry.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication with users of various technical levels

  • Experience in system administration, internet protocols, machine lifecycle supporting Linux (RedHat/CentOS preferred) on various platforms (virtual/baremetal/on-demand)

  • Experience working with and maintaining configuration management tools (Ansible, Puppet, Chef, Salt, or similar)

  • Proficiency with diagnostic and performance monitoring tools (Cacti, Zabbix, Splunk, Grafana, etc)

  • B.S. in Computer Science or equivalent degree or work experience


  • Programming skills in one or more scripting languages (Python, Go, Bash, etc.)

  • Understanding of Revision Control Systems, preferably Perforce and Git

  • Experience with virtualization and container platforms such as Docker, VMWare, KVM, Rancher

About Pixar Animation Studios:

Pixar Animation Studios, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is an Academy Award®-winning film studio with world-renowned technical, creative and production capabilities in the art of computer animation. The Northern California studio has created some of the most successful and beloved animated films of all time, including “Toy Story,” “Monsters, Inc.,” “Cars,” “The Incredibles,” “Ratatouille,” “WALL•E,” “Up,” “Toy Story 3,” “Brave,” “Inside Out,” and “Coco.” Its movies have won 35 Academy Awards® and have grossed more than $13 billion at the worldwide box office to date.

Pixar's objective is to combine proprietary technology and world-class creative talent to develop computer-animated feature films with memorable characters and heartwarming stories that appeal to audiences of all ages.

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: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, consumer products and interactive media. 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 Pixar Inc., which is part of a business segment we call Pixar Animation Studios.

Pixar Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status. 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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