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Software Engineer, Tools Shading

Apply NowApply Later Job ID R-03514 Location Emeryville, California, United States Business Pixar Animation Studios Date posted Oct. 24, 2022

Job Summary:

Are you interested in advancing Pixar's in-house proprietary software used to create our films? Our Software R&D department is seeking a highly motivated and skilled software engineer to join our team that develops shading tools and workflows! In this role, you will work very closely with both artists and engineers to build innovative tools, enabling our film production to shade props, sets, and characters and continuously extend their artistic reach.


  • Work with artists and technical leadership to propose, plan, implement, and deploy features

  • Maintain and improve the software individually and collaboratively with a team of peer engineers

  • Work directly with artists to support their use of Pixar's proprietary filmmaking software

  • Identify, triage, debug, and resolve high-priority issues affecting production artists

  • Work comfortably within a sophisticated, multi-layered technology pipeline


  • Strong C++ skills with at least two years of professional experience

  • Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science or equivalent formal training

  • Excellent debugging and problem-solving skills with high attention to detail

  • Familiarity with the fundamental mathematics of computer graphics

  • Appreciation for the importance of long-term code health, peer review, automated testing, and documentation

  • Able to work in a hybrid work model (3 times a week on campus)


  • Experience developing in a UNIX / Linux environment

  • Experience with 3D applications and their APIs (e.g., Katana, Houdini)

  • Knowledge of shading techniques including procedural material creation and texture painting

  • Experience working closely with both technical and non-technical users

  • Detail oriented and organized with excellent communication skills

  • Ability to build positive and effective working relationships with diverse groups of colleagues and coworkers

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-renoinswned 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.

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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