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Animation Tools Software Engineer



Work alongside Pixar animators and engineers to design and implement new features within the Presto Animation System to help create the next generation of Pixar films. Presto is Pixar’s industry leading animation production software suite, recently built from the ground up with a modern architecture and a well-designed code base. You will be challenged by our production teams to enable Pixar to continue to raise the high bar for what can be achieved in the art of digital animation.


  • Design, develop, and maintain new features in Presto as part of the Tools animation team.
  • Work closely with animators and artists during the creative and iterative process of filmmaking.
  • Work on a range of projects from small independent efforts to large, collaborative projects with other technical teams.
  • Help define the feature requirements for future films during the pre-production process.
  • Partner with Researchers to implement experimental technology and explore what’s new and innovative for meeting the software needs of our animators and artists.
  • Present your work to the engineering and animation teams.


  • 3+ years of strong engineering experience in a professional environment.
  • Fluent in C++. 
  • A desire to work closely with users. Previous experience doing so in a creative environment is a plus.
  • Strong problem solving skills that employ your high attention to detail and quality.
  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or equivalent.
  • Experienced in the UNIX / Linux environment.
  • Familiar with a modern UI framework, such as Qt.


  • Knowledge of modern rendering architectures, OpenGL and GPU technologies.
  • Experience with 3D applications (e.g., Maya, Houdini, Katana).
  • Previous experience in a production environment.

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