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Render Pipeline Engineer
Render Pipeline Engineer
  Full-Time @ Pixar

Emeryville, California, United States

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The Production Systems Operations team at Pixar builds, maintains, and architects the high-performance computing infrastructure that helps create our award-winning movies and Disney Streaming content. Each production pushes the limits of animation technology in unique ways, so our architecture needs to be dynamic by design. 

As a Render Pipeline/Site Reliability Engineer, you will be part of the team that ensures the highest levels of availability, performance and scalability on our 90,000+ core render farm while providing world class support for production’s day to day activities. We are looking for a dynamic individual who thrives on solving technical problems, is able to interact with both artists and engineers, and has a passion for automating solutions using different technologies.


  • Monitor and automate management of our render farm computing infrastructure

  • Respond to inquiries from Pixar artists/engineers in regards to technical issues

  • Onboard and support all productions throughout the pipeline

  • Document standard run books and operating procedures

  • Collaborate across production and technical departments to build studio-wide solutions and standards

  • Research and keep apprised of current hardware and software to address the studio’s needs

  • Participate in rotation of off-hours on call support


  • Hands on experience designing, building and troubleshooting large-scale operations

  • Excellent verbal and written communication with users of various technical levels

  • Wide-ranging experience in system administration, internet protocols, machine lifecycle supporting Linux (RedHat/CentOS preferred) on various platforms (virtual/baremetal/on-demand)

  • Experience working with and maintaining configuration management tools (Ansible, Puppet, Chef, Salt, or similar)

  • Programming skills in one or more scripting languages (Python, Go, Bash, etc.)

  • Proficiency with diagnostic and performance monitoring tools (Cacti, Zabbix, Splunk, Grafana, etc)

  • B.S. in Computer Science or equivalent degree or work experience


  • Understanding of Revision Control Systems, preferably Perforce and Git

  • Experience with data pipelines using Kafka/event streams, Logstash, Elastic Search

  • Experience administering and troubleshooting Mysql/Oracle databases

  • Experience with virtualization and container platforms such as Docker, VMWare, KVM, Rancher


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.

This job posting was last updated on March 24, 2021