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Software Engineer

Pixar Animation Studios Published: July 28, 2021
1200 Park Avenue, Emeryville, California
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Our Software R&D team is responsible for developing Pixar’s open source and in-house software. We work very closely with both artists and engineers to build innovative filmmaking tools that enable our film production and continuously extend artistic reach.

As a Core Software Engineer, you will work on developing and improving the performance of our internal software to support our Production departments. You would collaborate with us in a multi-functional team of developers, and help design and implement robust, easy-to-maintain code. Are you enthusiastic about software architecture and parallel computing? Do you love writing high performance and high quality C++ code? If so, we would love to have you on the team!


  • Contribute to world-class 3D graphics software applications and frameworks that enable and support Pixar’s film production

  • Profile performance-critical code paths and creatively optimize algorithms to enhance interactive user experiences

  • Collaborate with a team of engineers, technical artists, QA, build support and Project Management

  • Work closely with other teams to plan and develop user-facing features to extend artistic reach, as well as APIs and frameworks that enhance the capabilities of our software


  • Enjoy reading and writing C++ code

  • Take pride and passion in crafting high-quality code with attention to detail and performance in mind

  • Hold yourself and others to a high bar when it comes to engineering best practices, like writing maintainable code, providing good documentation and embracing automated testing

  • Have prior exposure to, or interest in learning about performance profiling tools and workflows as well as programming on GNU/Linux

  • Find fulfillment in designing and implementing APIs and frameworks in addition to user-facing features

  • Thrive in a collaborative environment where you exchange knowledge with accomplished technicians and draw inspiration from world-class artists

  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or equivalent professional experience or education

Pixar is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We know our storytelling is at its best when we include, celebrate and embrace difference. We strive to be a diverse workforce that is representative of our audiences, and where all can thrive and belong. We are committed to building a team that includes and respects a variety of voices, identities, backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. | Follow us on Twitter @PixarRecruiting

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