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RenderMan Senior Developer
RenderMan Senior Developer
  Full-Time @ Pixar Animation Studios

Seattle, Washington, United States

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For over 25 years RenderMan has been at the forefront of the visual effects industry. Not only has our software been used to create all of Pixar’s movies but it is also widely used in many of the visual effects studios throughout the world. Pixar's RenderMan Products Group seeks a senior-level engineer to assist in the development and maintenance of Pixar's world-renowned rendering software.


  • Lead and develop new or enhanced technical solutions to improve performance
  • Maintain and improve the rendering systems
  • Refactor and rewrite existing code to improve quality, reliability, and maintainability
  • Proactively test new and existing functionality to ensure the highest levels of quality
  • Provide hands-on support to important customers.  Fix bugs in legacy code
  • Author high quality internal and end-user documentation
  • Contribute to team efforts by participating in design discussions, sharing engineering responsibilities, and fostering adoption of best practices


  • Ph.D. or equivalent work experience
  • Practical experience with photorealistic rendering (REYES, ray tracing, BXDFs, geometry processing)
  • Familiarity with the latest developments in the industry
  • Proven experience constructing and shipping commercial software
  • Fluency in C++
  • A solid foundation in software engineering, including object-oriented programming
  • Proven experience developing innovative and cutting-edge software solutions
  • Ability to work well independently within a fast-paced, dynamic, deadline-driven environment
  • A team-oriented, customer-focused, quality-obsessed mindset


  • Relevant academic research experience
  • Familiarity with programmable shading or the OpenGL shading language
  • Experience in film or video game production
  • Practical knowledge of multi-threaded software development
  • Familiarity with programming tools such as Valgrind, Visual Studio, Vtune, etc.

For more information about RenderMan please visit https://renderman.pixar.com/view/renderman

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This job posting was last updated on Sept. 20, 2017