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DreamWorks Technology - Software Engineer II, R&D

NBCUniversal, Glendale, California

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Level: Manager (Supervisor)


DreamWorks Animation is looking for a passionate graphics software engineer to join our rendering team in building our bleeding-edge raytracer MoonRay, as seen in all of our movies from How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World onward through Trolls: World Tour and to the upcoming Boss Baby: Family Business, award-winning shorts, themed entertainment and more. Our focus is to deliver breathtaking images while being massively scalable across single or multiple machines. We’ve been creating movie magic for over 25 years and we’d love to have you join us. We have a great, award-winning team and we are looking for a solid engineer to join us in pushing rendering boundaries. Check out our work! https://research.dreamworks.com

Responsibilities include:   
  • Research and Develop the tools and services for the studio’s rendering needs for features and shorts, themed entertainment, AR/VR, VFX, and future needs.
  • Focus on advanced graphics and machine learning research and development
  • Help build our state of the art rendering technology, MoonRay.    
  • Optimize code and algorithms for efficiency and scalability.
  • Work with artists to improve the technology in the creation of our movies and advanced productions


● Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science
● Knowledge and passion for Monte Carlo raytracing 
● Familiarity with current MCRT rendering research    
● Experience in core C/C++ software development in rendering, lighting or other graphics-related tools

● Enthusiasm to work on visual problems as well as hard systems, software design and parallel programming problems related to rendering  
● Experience in problem-solving and balancing quick turnaround with long-term quality
● Experience in VFX/animation pipeline
● Excellent communication skills and an aptitude for working in small teams
● Ability to deliver robust and scalable code 
● Familiarity with parallel programming models

From the award-winning storytellers, artist and innovators at DreamWorks Animation and DreamWorks Animation Television come the beloved characters and stories that come alive on the big and small screens. From films like Shrek, How to Train Your Dragon and Trolls to original TV series including Trollhunters, Voltron and Home: Adventures with Tip & Oh, DreamWorks Animation continues to bring home the laughter, fun and courage to dream.

Visit www.dreamworksanimation.com to see our latest animated film and television productions.

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At NBCUniversal, we believe in the talent of our people. It’s our passion and commitment to excellence that drives NBCU’s vast portfolio of brands to succeed. From broadcast and cable networks, news and sports platforms, to film, world-renowned theme parks and a diverse suite of digital properties, we take pride in all that we do and all that we represent. It’s what makes us uniquely NBCU.

Here you can create the extraordinary. Join us.


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