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3D UX Specialist


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 multiple times - including with an Oscar® - for the development of our Houdini software, and its breakthrough 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  Spider-Man, The Lion King and Godzilla vs. Kong, TV shows like The Crown, Game of Thrones and S.W.A.T., and video games like Ghost Recon, Far Cry and Age of Empires. Our customers include Disney Feature Animation, Pixar, Sony Pictures, Imageworks, Weta Digital, Electronic Arts, Microsoft Game Studios, and many more.


What We Value Most 

  • Decency: We treat everyone with honesty, kindness, and empathy. We give generously of our time and knowledge
  • Relationships: We build collaborative bonds—with our co-workers and clients—based on trust and respect. Our diverse team gives us broader perspectives
  • Dedication: We take pride and ownership in our work, always trying to do our best. We are devoted to the well-being and success of each other and our clients
  • Excellence: We continually improve ourselves, our work, and our company, striving towards excellence in all that we do


Our employees receive

  • Hybrid Work option - A great office in Downtown Toronto (right across from Union Station) with the flexibility for most roles to work from home. You can help us test out our Hybrid Pilot Project
  • Generous paid time off, including vacation and floater days to relax and re-energize (starting at 4 weeks)
  • Year-End Company Shutdown and Long Weekend Early departures to add to the excitement
  • Health insurance coverage (including a Health Service Spending Account for Canadian employees), for you and your dependents
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP); because sometimes we need a bit of extra support
  • Retirement Plan with company-matched contributions
  • Comprehensive Long Service Award program, providing both a monetary reward and additional days off
  • A highly competitive bonus structure
  • A generous sick time entitlement to care for yourself and your loved ones


 Why join SideFX? 

  • Because you want to be part of a unique experience and winning team that has won an Oscar and an Emmy (Cool, right?)
  • Because you want to be part of an industry-leading company that is constantly mindfully growing
  • Because you want to work with some of the most talented people in the industry on a ground-breaking product
  • Because you want to work with people from all around the world
  • Because you want to be part of an exciting and fun industry
  • Because you want to join and add to a positive, supportive, and respected company culture
  • Because you want your job to be GREAT!


Position Overview

SideFX is seeking an exceptional UI/UX Specialist to join its Toronto-based Research & Development team. As a member of the SideFX Research and Development team, you will be working with some of the brightest minds in the CG industry to create forward-looking workflows, design new features, and guide the User Experience.  In addition, you will use your skills to evaluate our current user interface, shape the interactive 3D experience, and communicate enhancements to the development team. Our Research & Development 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 for over two decades.


Please note that a valid proof of a completed COVID-19 vaccination series is an employment requirement.

What you will be working on

  • Design, Prototype and Document a wide range of user experience frameworks, features, and workflows with an emphasis on ease of use, intuitiveness and customizability.
  • Collaborate with other R&D staff, technical directors, and artists to produce best-in-class interactive tools and next-generation workflows.
  • Meet with clients and other relevant parties in the industry to collect feedback, validate our product plans, and ensure our features meet the demands of high-end productions.
  • Keep up to date with the latest academic and industry breakthroughs; independently research and develop ideas to continuously push our procedural technology forward.
  • Other duties as assigned.


 What you need to be successful

  • Relevant higher-level education in the areas of User Experience and User Interface Design or equivalent industry experience with a record of academic and professional excellence.
  • Extensive knowledge of best practices in user interaction design, visual representation of complex data, and information architecture as applied to complex CG applications.
  • Expert knowledge of Houdini or other high-end computer graphics software as used in the Visual Effects, Animation, or Gaming industries. ( e.g., Houdini, Maya, Softimage, Cinema 4d, UE5, Unity Engine.)
  • Ability to take positive initiative, work independently and within a large team.
  • Strong Communication skills with the ability to clearly convey complex technical information.
  • Passion for graphics and for interacting with end-user clients and artists.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills.


Not required but great to have

  • Extensive experience designing 3D GUI and usability software with a strong appreciation of design aesthetics.
  • Demonstrable Knowledge of PyQT, Python scripting, or other prototyping tools.
  • Experience with design and layout tools such as Adobe Illustrator, InkScape, etc.


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. Locations other than Toronto will be considered within our company’s possibilities.


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