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Studio Support Engineer, RenderMan

Emeryville, California - United States of America

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Job ID R-02531 Location Emeryville, California, United States Business Pixar Animation Studios Date posted Aug. 26, 2020

Job Summary:


  • Investigating, triaging, and resolving RenderMan issues reported by Pixar's artistic or technical teams
  • Investigating, describing, and estimating work for feature requests from movies in production
  • Communicating with production and technical teams within the studio about their needs, and answering questions about how RenderMan works
  • Implementing and testing fixes and new features in RenderMan for studio use, and collaborating with other engineers to improve the product
  • Organizing and releasing new internal builds of RenderMan
  • Providing periodic presentations on new or changed RenderMan features
  • Training users in system operation and application use
  • Producing documentation for use either in training sessions or for standalone use


  • Experience writing software in high-level programming languages like C++ or Python
  • An understanding of physically-based rendering and experience working with renderers
  • Extensive analytic, debugging, and problem-solving skills
  • Experience working in a Linux environment
  • Bachelor's Degree in computer science or equivalent experience


  • Attention to detail, curiosity, and a desire to learn
  • A customer-centric mentality and a collaborative approach to solving problems
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to prioritize and multitask
  • Ability to work well independently and prioritize tasks for the greatest impact
  • Ability to communicate highly technical information to a variety of people, in both verbal and written forms
  • Experience working with shading languages (such as OSL) is a plus
  • Experience with popular modeling and animation packages such as Blender, Maya, Houdini, or Katana is a plus
  • Experience working in an animation or VFX studio is a plus

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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