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Lead Software Engineer, Digital Fab Hillsboro, OR

Company: Paranorman
Location: Hillsboro
Posted on: September 18, 2023

Job Description:

General Summary
The Lead Software Engineer, Digital Fabrication plays a key role in designing, implementing and maintaining core systems within the digital asset management infrastructure and fabrication technologies at LAIKA. As part of the team dedicated to digital fabrication, this role will concentrate on crucial areas such as digital design and visualization for puppet and set construction, CAD integration, digital asset archive, DCC pipeline plugin development, and maintaining tooling and data consistency for assets across all departments within the Studio.Job Functions

  • Lead the technical implementation of the digital asset pipeline connecting production design, set and puppet fabrication, rapid prototyping, camera, stage and VFX workflows.
  • Develop new visualization, digital prototyping and virtual production systems for traditional craft-based builders and makers in a stop motion animation studio.
  • Work both independently and cooperatively with Sr Engineers and Technical Directors (TDs) to extend existing tools, develop new features and architect new applications.
  • Initiate research and development, implement 3rd party solutions when available, and design and build prototypes in collaboration with other technology teams for next generation systems.
  • Follow the processes and procedures of the software development life cycle, build and release system, documentation and testing standards used at LAIKA.
  • Collaborate on the design and development of foundational systems used across the digital pipeline including developer-facing APIs and services, as well as user-facing UIs for asset, farm, process, disk and configuration management.
  • Work with other engineers, artists and leadership to ensure consistency and scalability of tools and APIs across the pipeline.
  • Develop plugins for DCC tools used in the studio (e.g., Vectorworks, Maya, Houdini, Inventor, Rhino, Unreal Engine).
  • Drive pipeline priorities in conjunction with technology leadership.
  • Mentor other TDs in digital pipeline development.Qualifications
    • 5+ years of experience as a Software Engineer on large scale productions in the VFX, feature animation or games industries.
    • Expert level ability in Python, including the standard library, the Qt Toolkit (PySide, PyQt), and common 3rd party libraries and frameworks preferred.
    • Experience with at least one other language beyond Python, such as C++, Rust or Go required.
    • Experience with multi-platform development (Linux/MacOS/Windows) required.
    • Experience with common industry platforms including USD, Maya, Houdini preferred.
    • Experience with game engine development (e.g. Unity/Unreal/Godot) a plus.
    • Experience with CAD/CAM software (e.g., Inventor, Fusion 360, Solidworks) a plus.Physical Demands and Work Environment
      The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
      • Physical demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to walk; stand; sit; use hands to operate standard office equipment; reach with hands and arms; balance; stoop; talk or hear both in person and by telephone. The employee must lift and/or move up to 15 pounds. Vision abilities include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus.
      • Work environment: While performing the duties of this job, the employee works under typical office conditions and is exposed to variable indoor temperatures. The noise level is usually quiet or moderate.Location
        On-site in Hillsboro, OR / and also eligible for hybrid workSalary
        Salary is commensurate with skills and experience.Disclaimer
        The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified. Resume/CV * (pdf, doc, docx, txt, rtf files only) Cover Letter (pdf, doc, docx, txt, rtf files only) International Application*Will you require a Visa/Sponsorship to work in the United States?By Selecting "YES", you are agreeing to our Employment Disclaimer and Materials Submission Agreement, included in the above job description.

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