Full Time Job

Senior Computational Geometry Developer


Toronto, ON 08-24-2023
  • Paid
  • Full Time
Job Description
Position Overview

At SideFX, designing algorithms for geometric analysis and processing is an essential, ongoing component of our R&D mandate. As a member of the geometry and modelling team, you will be using your insights from differential geometry to build fundamental representations and algorithms for generating, processing, and analyzing geometric data and metadata. You will be working to integrate these new capabilities into Houdini, our flagships software, which has proceduralism, openness, and flexibility as its core philosophies.

What you will be working on
• Design and prototype novel geometric and topological algorithms.
• Tailor and optimize existing geometric algorithms for use in our 2D and 3D software products.
• Collaborate with other R&D staff, technical directors, and artists to ensure your work meets the highest demands of production modelling, with an emphasis on meshing, deformation, texturing and user experience.
• Perform independent research on open-ended algorithmic questions and propose/prototype practical solutions to current problems.
• Design, develop, and optimize other features of our 2D and 3D animation software products as required.
• Other duties as assigned.

What you need to be successful
• Computer Science degree or equivalent industry experience, with a record of academic and professional excellence.
• Exceptional mathematical and software architecture abilities.
• Solid industry experience with computational geometry and numerical analysis.
• Strong knowledge of C++ programming in a multi-threaded CG environment.
• History of delivering innovative, robust and scalable code for industry professionals.
• Ability to learn independently, use solid judgment, and develop at a fast pace.
• Extensive experience in algorithm optimization for memory and performance.
• Strong ability to uncover and remove bugs in a large software base.
• Excellent verbal and written communication.

Not required but great to have
• Experience with Houdini and other DCC packages.
• Knowledge of OpenVDB, CGAL, and Eigen libraries.
• Knowledge of Python.
• Machine learning experience beyond academic coursework or independent learning.

Sample R&D Projects
• Implement feature detection in geometric data to help identify correspondence between two models.
• Design algorithms and workflows for surface segmentation and classification.
• Research techniques to reduce distortion in conformal UV mappings.
• Create algorithms and tools to guide mesh optimization.
• Design 2D and 3D interfaces for constraining an interactive mesh processing tool.
• Investigate machine-learning solutions for meshing and mesh deformation.

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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-d2k6e2-18-205-26-39-42 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 with 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 and Moana, captivating TV shows like Spider-Man, The Lion King and Godzilla vs. Kong, 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 Pictures, 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.
Our employees receive:
• Hybrid Work option - A great office in Downtown Toronto (right across from Union Station) with the flexibility for most roles to work from home. You can help us test out our Hybrid Pilot Project.
• Generous paid time off, including vacation and floater days to relax and re-energize (starting at 4 weeks).
• Year-End Company Shutdown and Long Weekend Early departures to add to the excitement.
• Health insurance coverage (including a Health Service Spending Account for Canadian employees), for you and your dependents.
• Employee Assistance Program (EAP); because sometimes we need a bit of extra support.
• Retirement Plan with company matched contributions.
• Comprehensive Long Service Award program, providing both a monetary reward and additional days off.
• A highly competitive bonus structure.
• 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 (Cool, right?).
• Because you want to be part of an industry-leading company that is constantly 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!