R&D Engineer - 2D/Compositing - Expression of Interest

Production Technology (R&D, PE, Pipeline) Vancouver, BC


Position at Industrial Light & Magic

This posting is an opportunity to submit your resume for future consideration; this is not a role that is open at this time. We anticipate this role may be open in the future, but we are not actively hiring for the position. If you would like to be considered for this potential role, please submit your resume. If the role becomes available, you may receive an email or call from a recruiter.

Position Summary

We are looking for engineers for our 2D/Compositing R&D team to help us build advanced tools and efficient pipelines for image processing, compositing, and rotoscoping for major motion pictures.

The tools and workflows we’re developing include:

  • Efficient 2D/image asset management
  • Efficient processing of deep data
  • Lens distortion pipeline and layout tool stack
  • Machine learning based frame interpolation techniques
  • Machine learning based image upscaling techniques
  • Machine learning based rotoscoping techniques
  • Applying machine learning based techniques to various image processing applications

If you love working with images and building tools for artists, come join our team.

What You’ll Do

  • Work in a collaborative, distributed team of full-time software engineers, designing artist-friendly user interfaces, robust data management systems, and special purpose content creation tools that scale to high-volume photo-realistic visual effects production
  • Work directly with highly specialized and talented artists in active film production, in ILM’s studios in San Francisco, Vancouver, London, Singapore, and Sydney
  • Work with compositing and rotoscoping users groups, shows, and engineering teams to balance long-term software development projects with day-to-day production assistance
  • Work closely with Disney Research Studios in developing and deploying the next generation of machine learning based imaging tools
  • Work closely with Foundry and Boris FX

What We’re Looking For

  • BS or advanced degree in computer science or related field, or equivalent experience
  • 3+ years of experience in professional software development and/or VFX production
  • Advanced knowledge of programming in C++ and Python on Linux
  • Thorough knowledge of principles of computer graphics, especially image processing: high dynamic range image formats, lens distortion and camera tracking, deep image data, image upscaling, frame interpolation, rotoscoping
  • Experience with Nuke, as a user and plugin developer; experience with Silhouette is a plus; knowledge of other API’s another plus: Maya, Houdini, etc
  • Good grasp of asset management and production tracking systems
  • Working knowledge of standard data formats: Alembic, USD, OpenVDB, etc
  • Good knowledge of standard libraries: boost, TBB, OpenGL, CUDA, etc
  • Experience designing artist-friendly interfaces using GUI toolkits: Qt, PyQt, etc
  • Thorough knowledge of software development principles: object-oriented design, test-driven development, source code management, build and release processes
  • Experience working with a large, complex, mature, and dynamic code base
  • An intuitive understanding of the demands of a fast-paced, creatively-driven visual effects production environment
  • Collaboration: a readiness to trust others, be trustworthy, and play nice
  • Communication: an ability to express yourself concisely, a willingness to speak up, and a conviction to keep everyone informed of progress and issues
  • Empathy: an ability to listen intently and anticipate artists’ needs
  • Creativity: an insightful and analytical thinker, and a creative problem solver

This position is with Lucasfilm Entertainment Company Ltd. LLC, which is part of a business segment we call Industrial Light & Magic. Lucasfilm Entertainment Company Ltd. LLC is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status or any other basis prohibited by federal, state or local law. Lucasfilm fosters a business culture where ideas and decisions from all people help us grow, innovate, create the best stories and be relevant in a rapidly changing world. **FOR U.S. BASED NEW HIRES ONLY:** We are taking a responsible approach to creating environments that allow us to do what we do best - entertain and inform millions around the world. As part of our commitment to health and safety, COVID-19 vaccines are required for current U.S. salaried and non-union hourly employees, as well as all newly hired U.S. employees.