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The Walt Disney Company Senior Software Engineer (Simulation) in Emeryville, California


  • Work with artists and technical leadership to propose, plan, implement, and deploy new features

  • Maintain and improve the software individually and collaboratively with a team of peer engineers

  • Work directly with technical and non-technical simulation artists to support their use of Pixar's proprietary filmmaking software

  • Identify, triage, debug, and resolve high-priority issues affecting production artists

  • Work comfortably within a sophisticated, multi-layered technology pipeline


  • Master's Degree or PhD in Computer Science or equivalent experience

  • Strong C++ skills with at least 5 years of professional experience

  • Expertise in 3D math and computer graphics

  • Expertise in numerical techniques and algorithms used by character effects simulation (i.e., cloth, hair, rigid bodies) and experience developing such simulators

  • Solid understanding of practical software performance concerns

  • Excellent debugging and problem-solving skills with high attention to detail

  • Appreciation for the importance of long-term code health, peer review, automated testing, and documentation

  • Ability to balance rapid delivery of critical solutions with long-term product quality


  • Experience developing in a UNIX / Linux environment

  • Experience with parallel computing

  • Familiarity with Python and/or Maya MEL as a scripting language

  • Knowledge of 3D content applications and their APIs (e.g. Maya, Houdini)

  • Experience working closely with artists

  • Detail oriented and organized with excellent communication skills

  • Experience with performance tuning (Profiling tools, SIMD, cache efficiency, etc.)

  • Ability to build positive and effective working relationships with diverse groups of colleagues and coworkers

Job ID: R-02777

Location: Emeryville,California

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