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Senior Software Engineer

New York, New York, United States

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Job ID 773925BR Location New York, New York, United States Business Disney Streaming Services Date posted Feb. 25, 2021

Job Summary:

Disney Streaming Advanced Research (DSAR) is part of Disney Streaming Services, the division responsible for the complete technical platform for the Disney direct-to-consumer streaming video products. The DSAR team pioneers advanced application features, with a focus on voice, spatial computing, and machine learning to be enjoyed and loved by millions of viewers. We perform long-running research projects and create high-fidelity prototypes to demonstrate future innovations.

The full Stack Software Engineer, Disney Streaming Advanced Research, Spatial Technologies will create, design and develop the system architecture for our spatial tracking, computer vision platform. This includes operational UI with an emphasis on remote operations, interfacing with and developing our Active Message Queue, performance enhancement of the entire system through the use of GPU processing and potential AWS/GCP services and the development of an automated neural network training system.

You will be working with small groups of Machine Vison & ML, and Computer Graphics & Data Science research engineers. You are joining our research group developing disruptive technology with a passion for innovative leading-edge technology. This is a very fast paced environment where our objective is to create POC technology that can be passed on to other groups for operations and scalability. Your emphasis is on getting the job done!

You will setup our Linux development environment, be comfortable working with GPU processing - typically using CUDA - to develop our optimized solutions to accelerate our research in OpenCV. You will liaise with creatives, project engineers and present your innovative solutions to management and departments around the Disney organization.


  • Architecture design and implementation
  • Performance enhancement
  • Creation of visual prototypes and dynamic presentations

Basic Qualifications:

  • Degree in Computer Science, Physics, or Math
  • 4 years’ experience in development and system architecture design
  • Highly competent in C++
  • Proven experience of CPU and GPU performance optimization
  • Experience with CUDA implementations
  • Comfortable with Git
  • Operational UI (doesn’t have to be pretty)
  • Designing for remote operations
  • ActiveMQ experience
  • You collaborate well with a team to work towards ideal solutions
  • You have the ability to work independently with minimal guidance
  • You are proactive about communicating project status, progress and workload
  • Understanding of software development fundamentals
  • Comfortable developing a solution in the chaos of a research team
  • You are the ultimate team player

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A working understanding of machine learning
  • Database management
  • AWS/GCP experience
  • ActiveMQ Artemis experience
  • Comfortable in Java
  • No fear of the unknown

About Disney Streaming Services:

Disney Streaming Services is responsible for developing and operating The Walt Disney Company’s direct-to-consumer video businesses globally, including the ESPN+ premium sports streaming service; Disney+, the dedicated streaming home for entertainment from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic and BAMTECH Media, a global leader in direct-to-consumer video streaming products and solutions. Our core mission is to deliver global audiences the freedom to access content on their terms across any connected device, time or location. We serve consumers by bringing the world’s most beloved characters, timeless stories, legendary athletes, and epic sporting events to global audiences through best-in-class direct-to-consumer video services. We strive daily to imaginatively challenge convention with innovative technology that gives consumers the freedom to access content on their terms across any connected device, time or location.

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 Disney Streaming Technology LLC, which is part of a business segment we call Disney Streaming Services.

Disney Streaming Technology LLC 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 or any other basis prohibited by federal, state or local law. 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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