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R&D Creature/Simulation Engineer

Apply NowApply Later Job ID 10029651 Location Vancouver, Canada / London, United Kingdom / San Francisco, California, United States Business Industrial Light & Magic Date posted Oct. 17, 2022 Flex Type Hybrid Preferred, Remote Possible

- This role is considered hybrid, which means the employee will work a portion of their time on-site from a Company designated location and the remainder of their time remotely. A remote opportunity may be possible for qualified candidates under certain circumstances and, if granted, the employee would work remotely on an ongoing basis.

Job Summary:

Position Summary

We are looking for engineers for our Creatures R&D team to help develop software that brings to life photo-realistic digital characters for major motion pictures.

We’re looking for engineers with experience in modeling, rigging, and animation of bodies and faces; soft-body dynamic simulation of cloth, hair, and flesh; and 3D asset management.  We are especially looking for engineers with experience in creature animation in Houdini.

ILM has been creating lifelike digital creatures for over 30 years, and we have some of the most powerful tools in the industry. We push our tools and techniques to achieve never-before-seen effects, and we are making our most powerful tools easy to learn and efficient to use, both for new and experienced artists.

If you are interested in the role, please apply even if your experience and skills don’t perfectly match our ideal credentials.

What You’ll Do

  • Work in a collaborative, distributed team of full-time software engineers, and work directly with highly specialized and talented artists in ILM’s studios in San Francisco, Singapore, Vancouver, London, and Sydney
  • Design innovative algorithms, artist-friendly user interfaces, template-based asset management systems, and automated batch processes that scale to high volume visual effects production; design systems that simplify complex creature setup and shot simulation processes
  • Integrate commercial and open-source systems into the ILM production pipeline
  • Work in a large, complex, mature, and dynamic code base
  • Split time between long-term software development projects and day-to-day production support

What We’re Looking For

  • BS or advanced degree in computer science or related field, or equivalent experience
  • 3+ years of experience in professional software development and/or VFX production
  • Proficiency in C++ and/or Python on Linux
  • Thorough knowledge of technology related to creature modeling, animation, and simulation: rigging, geometric deformation and caching, physically-based soft-body simulation, procedural geometry, etc.
  • Experience with Maya and/or Houdini, as both a user and plugin developer
  • Knowledge of industry-standard scene data formats: Alembic, USD, OpenVDB, etc.
  • Experience designing interfaces using GUI toolkits: Qt, PySide, etc.
  • Thorough knowledge of software design/development principles: design patterns, object-oriented design, test-driven development, agile methodology, etc.


About Industrial Light & Magic:

Founded in 1975 by George Lucas, ILM is the leading effects facility in the world, serving the motion picture, commercial production, and attraction industries. ILM has created visual effects for over 325 feature films and has played a key role in seven of the top 10 worldwide box-office hits of all time and has contributed to 25 of the top 50. ILM has set the standard for visual effects, creating some of the most stunning images in the history of film. At the forefront of the digital revolution, the company continues to break new ground in visual effects, VR, AR, and Immersive Cinema.

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 Lucasfilm Ent Co Ltd, LLC Payroll Svc, which is part of a business we call Industrial Light & Magic.

Lucasfilm Ent Co Ltd, LLC Payroll Svc is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, colour, religion or belief, sex, nationality, ethnic or national origin, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, disability or pregnancy or maternity. 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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