Full Time Job

3D Workflow Technical Artist


Toronto, ON 09-06-2023
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  • Paid
  • Full Time
  • Mid (2-5 years) Experience
Job Description
Position Overview

SideFX is seeking an exceptional 3D Workflow Technical Artist to join its Toronto-based Research & Development team. As a member of the SideFX Research and Development team, you will be working with some of the brightest minds in the CG industry to create forward-looking workflows, envision and design new features, and guide the interactive artist experience with a strong focus on user facing quality of life enhancements. In addition, you will use your skills to evaluate our current user interface and communicate enhancements to the development team.
Our Research & Development team has received many prestigious industry awards, including four Technical Achievement Awards from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, an Academy Award of Merit (Oscar®), a Technology and Engineering Emmy® Award from NATAS, and four back-to-back Editor's Choice Innovation Awards from CG World Magazine. Movies using our toolset have received the Oscar® for Best Visual Effects every year for over two decades.

What you will be working on
• Collaborate with other R&D staff, technical directors, and artists to produce best-in-class interactive tools and next-generation workflows.
• Design, prototype and document a wide range of user experience frameworks, features, and workflows with an emphasis on ease of use, intuitiveness, and customizability.
• Meet with clients and other relevant parties in the industry to collect feedback, validate our product plans, and ensure our features meet the demands of high-end productions.
• Keep up to date with the latest academic and industry breakthroughs; independently research and develop ideas to continuously push our procedural technology forward.
• Other duties as assigned.

What you need to be successful
• Extensive production experience of Houdini or other high-end computer graphics software as used in the Visual Effects, Animation, or Gaming industries. ( e.g., Houdini, Maya, Softimage, Cinema 4d, UE5, Unity Engine.)
• Expert knowledge of best practices in user interaction design, visual representation of complex data, and information architecture as applied to complex CG applications.
• Relevant higher-level education in the areas of User Experience and User Interface Design or equivalent industry experience with a record of academic and professional excellence.
• Ability to take positive initiative, work independently and within a large team.
• Strong communication skills with the ability to clearly convey complex technical information.
• Passion for graphics and for interacting with a wide spectrum of end users from artistic to technical.
• Excellent problem-solving skills.

Not required but great to have
• Extensive experience designing 3D GUI and usability software with a strong appreciation of design aesthetics.
• Demonstrable knowledge of PyQT, Python scripting, or other prototyping tools.
• Experience with a range of relevant software such as Substance Designer, Nuke, Adobe Creative Suite, etc.

Not the right role for you at this time? Take a look at all of our job postings on our Careers page or join our SideFX Talent Community for future career opportunities!


This position is available for our Toronto office; Other locations will be considered within our company's possibilities.

SideFX is committed to inclusion and diversity. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply. Accommodation will be provided to candidates with disabilities, upon request.

Jobcode: Reference SBJ-gkybj4-3-237-31-191-42 in your application.

Company Profile

Company Profile

For over thirty years, SideFX has been providing artists with procedural 3D animation and visual effects tools, designed to produce the highest-quality cinematic results. We are passionate about what our customers do because our roots are in production, both as artists and as pioneering technical innovators.

SideFX has been recognized by the Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts and Science multiple times - including an Oscar® - for the development of our Houdini software, and its breakthrough procedural-based technology.

Houdini is used by the world's top film, TV, and game studios to create blockbuster movies such as Black Panther, Moana, Spider-Man, The Lion King and Godzilla vs. Kong, captivating TV shows like The Crown, Game of Thrones and S.W.A.T., and video games like Ghost Recon, Far Cry and Age of Empires. Our customers include Disney Feature Animation, Pixar, Sony Picture Imageworks, Weta Digital, Electronic Arts, Microsoft Game Studios, and many more.

What We Value Most:
• Decency: We treat everyone with honesty, kindness and empathy. We give generously of our time and knowledge.
• Relationships: We build collaborative bonds, with our co-workers and clients, based on trust and respect. Our diverse team gives us broader perspectives.
• Dedication: We take pride and ownership in our work, always trying to do our best. We are devoted to the well-being and success of each other and our clients.
• Excellence: We continually improve ourselves, our work and our company, striving towards excellence in all that we do.

What we offer:
• Hybrid Work option - A great office in Downtown Toronto (right across from Union station) with the flexibility to work from home.
• 3 weeks' vacation to relax and re-energize.
• Health insurance coverage including a Health Service Spending Account (HSSA only for Canadian employees), for you and your dependants (only permanent employees).
• Employee Assistance Program (EAP); because sometimes we need a bit of extra help.
• Retirement Plan with company matched contributions (only permanent employees).
• A highly competitive bonus structure (only permanent employees).
• A generous sick time entitlement, to care for yourself and your loved ones.

Why join SideFX?
• Because you want to be part of a unique experience, and winning team, that has won an Oscar and an Emmy.
• Because you want to be part of an industry-leading company, that is constantly and mindfully growing.
• Because you want to work with some of the most talented people in the industry, on a ground-breaking product.
• Because you want to work with people from all around the world.
• Because you want to be part of an exciting and fun industry.
• Because you want to join and add to a positive, supportive, and respected company culture.
• Because you want your job to be GREAT!