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Technical Writer, Tools USD (Core)

Apply NowApply Later Job ID R-03445 Location Emeryville, California, United States Business Pixar Animation Studios Date posted Sep. 08, 2022

Job Summary:

Our Software R&D department (Tools) is responsible for developing Pixar’s in-house and open source software. We work very closely with both artists and engineers to build innovative filmmaking tools that enable our film production and continuously extend artistic reach. The Universal Scene Description (USD) Team is looking for an experienced technical writer to author developer (API) and end user documentation, as well as to aid in writing formal specifications for aspects of our open source software, including OpenSubdiv, USD, and Hydra. In this position, you will have the opportunity to closely collaborate with engineering staff and strategic industry partners to create technical documentation for use by developers and 3D content creators.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Show initiative and work independently on developer (API) and user documentation, including tutorials, for Pixar’s software, with a focus on the OpenSource USD, Hydra, and OpenSubdiv components

  • Create and maintain release and patch notes for software releases

  • Monitor and respond to community discussion on documentation that is missing or needing clarification/development

  • Design and maintain web-accessible documentation for our OpenSource products

  • Working closely with the engineering teams to design and implement a strategy for formally specifying selected aspects of our software

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Excellent writing, communication and diplomacy skills

  • Web publishing experience, including expertise with writing and designing static web pages 

  • Experience documenting complex software applications in a C++ development environment, particularly developer (API) documentation

  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills, and an attention to detail

  • Ability to listen well, and communicate clearly

  • Ability to evaluate, prioritize, and make forward progress on multiple projects

  • Desire to work in a collaborative and diverse environment where you collaborate with accomplished technicians and world-class technical artists

OTHER VALUABLE QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Experience with documentation generation/extraction systems such as Doxygen and Sphinx

  • Basic Linux knowledge

  • Prior exposure to  reading and/or writing formal specifications

  • Experience using Python or other scripting languages for documentation generation

  • Experience using and/or documenting 3D graphics applications (e.g., Maya)

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 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.

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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