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Sr. Software Engineer, Presto Internals

Emeryville, California, United States

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Job ID R-02634 Location Emeryville, California, United States Business Pixar Animation Studios Date posted Oct. 26, 2021

Job Summary:


  • Contribute to world-class 3D graphics software applications and frameworks that enable and support Pixar’s film production

  • Profile performance-critical code paths and creatively optimize algorithms to enhance interactive user experiences

  • Take ownership of challenging problems that arise from developing and modifying software that is heavily exercised in an active production environment

  • Collaborate with a team of engineers, technical artists, QA, build support and Project Management

  • Work closely with other teams to plan and develop user-facing features that help our artists push boundaries, as well as libraries and APIs that enhance the capabilities of our software


  • Enjoy reading and writing C++ code. Have some exposure to modern C++ and a solid understanding of the standard library and advanced language features

  • Take pride and passion in crafting high-quality code with attention to detail and performance in mind

  • Hold yourself and others to a high bar when it comes to engineering methodologies, like writing maintainable code, providing good documentation and embracing automated testing

  • Thrive in a collaborative environment where you exchange knowledge with accomplished technicians and draw inspiration from world-class artists


  • Have prior exposure to performance profiling tools and workflows, parallel programming and multithreading, as well as programming on GNU/Linux

  • Find fulfillment in designing and implementing APIs and frameworks in addition to user-facing features

  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or equivalent professional experience or education

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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