Creature Lab - Researcher

Production Technology (Pipeline, and R&D) London, United Kingdom


Position at DNEG

Creature Lab - Researcher

The Creature Lab at DNEG is where we incubate ideas, create prototypes and prepare the technology that will evolve into tools of the future for Creature Artists. Researchers in the Creature Lab have a passion for solving complex problems with innovative methods. They bring a diverse range of skills to the team and thrive on applying these skills to new problems.

Innovation from the Creature Lab is inspired by collaborating closely with Creature Artists. These artists rely on a suite of custom tools and software to facilitate complex creature work in the production of award-winning Visual Effects and Animation. They provide insight into real problems, and test prototypes of new ideas.

Prototypes from the Creature Lab move to the Production Technology team where they are integrated with the rest of DNEG’s Creature tools which generate, manipulate and render everything from photo-real digi-doubles, to highly stylised fantasy characters, from single hero performances to large-scale digital crowds and all of the effects required to bring them to life.

As a Researcher in the Creature Lab, you will work with senior artists and Heads of Departments to help identify opportunities and create clear problem-statements. You will ideate novel approaches to solving problems; plan projects and build proof-of-concept solutions. You will communicate your ideas clearly to both technical and non-technical colleagues, adapting your communication style accordingly. Our world-class artists will test your prototypes on shots from blockbuster movies, and your successful algorithms will directly contribute to the success of upcoming movies.

Must Have

● Degree or equivalent experience in Computer Science.
● PhD, or equivalent experience in a Numerate discipline.
● Practical experience in Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Neural Rendering or Computer Vision.
● Proficiency in Python Coding.
● Good communication skills.
● A good understanding of creature workflows.

Nice To Have

● A good understanding of visual effects workflows.
● Experience with Maya, Houdini, Nuke, or Unreal Engine Software.
● C++ coding experience.

About Us

We are DNEG, one of the world's leading visual effects, animation and stereo conversion companies for feature film and television, with studios in London, Vancouver, Mumbai, Los Angeles, Chennai, Montreal, Chandigarh, Hyderabad and Goa

About Us
We are DNEG, one of the world’s leading VFX and animation studios for the creation of award-winning feature film, television and multiplatform content. We employ nearly 7,000 people with worldwide offices and studios across North America (Los Angeles, Montréal, Toronto, Vancouver), Europe (London) and Asia (Bangalore, Chandigarh, Chennai, Mumbai).