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R&D FX / Crowds Engineer


London, United Kingdom 05-05-2023
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  • Paid
  • Full Time
  • Mid (2-5 years) Experience
Job Description
We are looking for engineers for our FX/Crowds R&D team to help develop tools and pipelines for simulating natural phenomena, rigid-body destruction, and crowds for major motion pictures.

We're looking for engineers who can work closely with artists and other developers to author tools, pipelines, and solvers for physics-based simulation, fluid dynamics, and/or procedural simulation of crowds in Houdini. We need people who are passionate about overcoming technical and creative challenges to meet the needs of production on our upcoming slate of Hollywood blockbusters.

What You'll Do:

1. Work in a collaborative, distributed team of full-time software engineers, and work
directly with highly specialized and talented artists in ILM's studios in San Francisco,
Singapore, Vancouver, London, Sydney, and Mumbai.
2. Design innovative algorithms, artist-friendly user interfaces, especially SOP and HDA
user interfaces, and automated batch processes that scale to high volume visual effects
production; design systems that simplify complex FX and crowds simulation processes.
3. Integrate commercial and open-source systems into the ILM production pipeline.
4. Work in a large, complex, mature, and dynamic code base.
5. Split time between long-term software development projects and day-to-day production support.

Technical Skills:

1. Proficiency in C++ and/or Python on Linux.
2. Thorough knowledge of technology related to one or more aspects of FX or crowds
simulation: physics, numerical techniques, procedural geometry, procedural crowd
animation, etc.
3. Experience with Houdini, as both a user and/or plugin developer.
4. Knowledge of industry-standard scene data formats: Alembic, USD, OpenVDB, etc.
5. Experience designing interfaces using GUI toolkits: Qt, PySide, etc.
6. Thorough knowledge of software design/development principles: design patterns, object-
oriented design, source code management, build and release processes, test-driven
development, agile methodology, etc.

Education / Experience:
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.

Join ILM

Jobcode: Reference SBJ-re22n5-18-207-240-77-42 in your application.

Company Profile

Lucasfilm is among the world’s leading entertainment service companies, a pioneer in visual effects and sound across multiple mediums, and is home to the legendary Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises.