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Senior 3D Pipeline Developer


Note: Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, in order to keep all of our employees and candidates safe, SideFX is hiring and onboarding remotely.

Position Overview 

SideFX is seeking an intermediate to senior software developer to join a team dedicated to providing frameworks and workflows for Houdini as part of a next generation art pipeline.

As a member of the SideFX Research and Development group, you would be working with the some of the brightest minds in the CG industry. Our R&D team has received many prestigious industry awards, including four Technical Achievement Awards from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, an Academy Award of Merit (Oscar®), a Technology and Engineering Emmy® Award from NATAS, and four back-to-back Editor's Choice Innovation Awards from CG World Magazine. Movies using our toolset have received the Oscar® for Best Visual Effects every year in the past two decades.  We share a passion for innovation in computer graphics and a drive for excellence in animation. Providing digital artists with the best and most advanced tools for their craft is, and has always been, our singular focus.


Key Duties and Responsibilities

  • Research and develop technologies for distributed and cloud computing for Houdini applications
  • Keep up to date on the state of the art for distributed art pipelines
  • Collaborate with R&D, artists and other stakeholders to produce the next generation of frameworks and workflows
  • Provide ongoing technical support to game and film studios in your area of responsibility
  • Other duties as assigned

 *Adjustments will be made to enable duties & responsibilities to be met working remotely considering the current Covid-19 pandemic situation.


Required Skills and Experience 

  • 5+ years of professional experience as a software developer
  • Computer Science degree or equivalent industry experience, with a record of academic and professional excellence
  • Strong knowledge of modern C++ programming
  • Strong knowledge of Python programming
  • Working knowledge of network programming
  • Proficient with concurrent programming models
  • Ability to work and solve problems independently and as part of a distributed team
  • Excellent verbal and written communication

Bonus Skills 

  • Working knowledge of Houdini
  • Experience with cross platform development
  • Experience with cloud-based technologies
  • Proficient with 3D programming and associated linear algebra
  • Familiarity of workflows in 3D DCC pipelines


Company Profile 

For over thirty years, SideFX has been providing artists with procedural 3D animation and visual effects tools designed to produce the highest-quality cinematic results. We are passionate about what our customers do because our roots are in production, both as artists and as pioneering technical innovators. SideFX has been recognized by the Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts and Science several times for its flagship software product Houdini and its seminal procedural-based technology.

Houdini is used by the world’s top film, TV, and game studios to create blockbuster movies such as Black Panther and Moana, captivating TV shows like American Gods and Games of Thrones, and hit video games like Horizon Zero Dawn and Mafia III. Our customers include Disney Feature Animation, Pixar, Sony Pictures Imageworks, Weta Digital, Blue Sky, Electronic Arts, Microsoft Game Studios, Blizzard Entertainment, and many more.


Our transit-friendly head office location, directly adjacent to Union Station in the heart of downtown Toronto, is open-concept with a relaxed style that includes, casual dress, and wraparound views from the 14th floor.


SideFX is committed to inclusion and diversity. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply. Accommodation will be provided to candidates with disabilities, upon request.