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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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Celebrating over 25 years in the industry, Scanline VFX specializes in creating complex visual effects for high end, block buster feature films with studios worldwide: Vancouver, Los Angeles, Munich, and Stuttgart. Founded in Germany, the company expanded to Los Angeles in 2007 and opened the largest studio in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia in 2011.  In 2015 it won the Emmy for Outstanding Visual Effects for their work on Game of Thrones.  Scanline VFX has received multiple Academy Award Nominations for Best Achievement in Visual Effects: 2014 for Iron Man 3 and in 2010 for its work on director Clint Eastwoods Hereafter.  We are also well known for our proprietary, in-house fluid effects software Flowline, for which it received a 2008 Scientific and Technical Achievement Academy Award.

Today, it is one of the biggest names in the industry and the go-to studio for creating epic, breathtaking cinematic moments.  Current productions include: Justice League Part One, Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2, Power Rangers, Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur, The Promise, and several other projects to be announced soon.

Recent projects include Batman vs Superman: Independence Day Resurgence, Ben Hur, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, Dawn of Justice, Game of Thrones, Furious 7, San Andreas, The 5th Wave, Point Break, Hateful 8, and In the Heart of the Sea.  Past films include Exodus, The Hunger Games Mockingjay, 300: Rise of an Empire, Captain America: Winter Soldier, White House Down, Godzilla, The Wolf of Wall Street, Snowpiercer, Journey 2, Blackhat, Man of Steel, Iron Man 3, Looper, Cloud Atlas, A Good Day to Die Hard, The Amazing Spiderman, Divergent, Pompeii, Iron Man 3, Into the Storm, The Avengers, Battleship, The Invasion, Poseidon, Immortals,  Super 8, 2012, Hereafter, 300, Poseidon, and The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian.

Scanline VFX offers a leading edge creative, collaborative team environment working with brilliant talent from around the globe. Located in the heart of downtown Vancouver, BC the studio is steps from transit, the best in the city's trendy Yaletown dining and Robson high street shopping. On site amenities include a lounge/nightclub with big screen projector tv, pool table and foosball tables, over-sized patios and rooftop deck kitchen & BBQ areas, secure bicycle storage, massage chairs, showers and lockers. Experience fun team events, parties, sporting activities, local business discounts and much more.


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Senior Systems Administrator


The Senior Systems Administrator reports to the Head of IT for our Vancouver and Los Angeles studio locations. Day-to-day tasks include basic help desk support via a ticketing system supporting 350+ users, and responding to alerts and emergencies in a quick and timely manner. Additional responsibilities of a senior system administrator include technical design, planning, and implementation of new systems, recommending the redesign and configuration of existing systems and system applications, and identifying methods, solutions, and project leadership and management in order to provide a high level of service to the customers of the department.


  • Provide organization-wide high level technical support
  • Assist in addressing business and technical needs
  • Design, build, implement, maintain and enhance system infrastructure across multiple hardware and software platforms
  • Mentor and oversee development of teammates
  • Respond to incidents and emergencies


  • A bachelor’s degree in a computer information systems, computer science, engineering, physics or mathematics
  • 5+ years experiencing in a similar role, or 2-3+ years’ experience as a systems administrator in visual effects.


  • Experience with, and advanced understanding of:
    • Windows, Mac OS X and Linux systems.
    • virtualized environments
    • storage clusters
    • networking theory and practice (VLANs, link aggegation, routing)
    • common network services (e.g. DNS, DHCP, SMTP, CIFS, NFS)
    • IPSec & SSL VPNs
    • internet standards
  • Basic understanding of:
    • imaging systems
    • project management tools
  • Ability to:
    • work independently and in a team
    • work flexible hours
    • work effectively under pressure
    • learn quickly
    • write Bash and Python scripts for systems automation
    • accurately communicate complex or complicated ideas


  • Experience with, and advanced understanding of:
    • visual effects or post production
    • render farms
    • high performance, distributed computing and storage
    • high availability architecture
    • EMC Isilon Clusters
    • Avere FXT Clusters
    • VMWare ESXi Clusters
    • Intel, Cisco, Extreme and Juniper 1GbE and 10GbE networking equipment
    • multiplatform software development with C++, Python and Java
    • PCoIP
    • VoIP
    • network security
  • Intermediate knowledge of the following software:
    • Autodesk RV
    • Autodesk Shotgun
    • Autodesk 3DS Max
    • Autodesk Maya
    • Adobe Creative Suite
    • The Foundry Nuke
  • Basic understanding of:
    • Color theory
    • HVAC
    • Data center design


  • Must be able to lift heavy objects (approx.. 25 lbs)
  • Must be able to work evenings, at times; longer hours and weekends (rotating on call)


    We keep your resume on file for 6 months so no need to apply again unless there are significant changes or unless you're applying for a different position.

    We want to be able to reach you easily and much of our correspondence is via email and this helps us keep your information together in one file. That way you're not lost in the system.

  • Resume - Include in your resume the names of the company's you worked with and the dates you were there. Max 2 pages.
  • Cover Letter - tell us a little about yourself and what makes you the ideal candidate.

HOW-TO-APPLY: http://scanlinevfx.applyfirst.ca/

This job posting was last updated on April 26, 2017