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Look Development Software Engineer



Pixar’s Software R&D team is responsible for developing Pixar’s in-house proprietary animation software. The Look Dev Team is hiring a software engineer who are committed to creating world-class production tools. This position is responsible for helping create and maintain new software for the studio.

The position requires a deep understanding of software application engineering, an ability to collaborate in a large cross-functional team of world-class developers, and skill in designing and implementing robust, easy to maintain code.


• Develop, implement, test and support graphics software in a Linux environment

• Collaborate effectively with a team of engineers, QA, Build, UI, Doc and Project Management

• Quickly respond and proactively investigate requests coming from artists

• Collaborate on Open Source initiatives like OpenSubdiv and USD


  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or equivalent
  • C++ and Python mastery
  • Understanding of computer graphics problems and techniques
  • Knowledge of modern rendering architectures, CPU and GPU based
  • Experience with GUI design and programming
  • Strong software engineering and testing skills
  • Strong problem solving skills with high attention to detail and quality
  • Experience with UNIX / Linux
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Proven ability to work with a team to deliver high-quality software in a fast paced, dynamic, deadline-oriented environment
  • Proven ability to work with both technical and non-technical software users


  • Master's degree in Computer Science or Math
  • Experience with Cuda
  • Experience with OpenSubdiv, USD and open source development
  • Experience with 3D applications and their APIs (e.g., Maya, Houdini, Katana, Unreal Engine, Unity)

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