R&D TOOLS DEVELOPER (CFX/FX) – Image Engine, Vancouver, BC
Contract: starting January, 2015

Are you interested in working for a growing, independent, award winning studio? This opportunity involves working in a strong, R&D supported pipeline, a friendly and collaborative environment, and with a group of passionate artists all working towards realizing the Director’s dream.


Design, implement, and support a mixture of proprietary, open-source, and third-party software for Technical Animation, Creature FX, and FX workflows
Collaborate with artists, technical directors, and supervisors to determine the Technical Animation, Creature FX, and FX needs for current and future productions
Identify and optimize bottlenecks in Rigging and Simulation algorithms and workflows
Contribute to Image Engine’s open source initiatives: Cortex and Gaffer
Communicate with third-party software vendors to prioritize Image Engine’s feature requests and bug fixes
Design and implement solutions targeting current production workflows, while ensuring they can be generalized for all productions when possible
Document, test, and debug tools to ensure they meet production requirements
Write clear documentation for tools, scripts, and plugins
Provide secondary technical support, training, and tutorials to artists and production staff
Stay up-to-date with industry trends for rigging and simulating muscles, skin, cloth, fur, debris, volumetrics, and other FX elements


A university degree in Computer Science, Math, Physics, or a related field
Solid understanding of rigging, animation, and simulation algorithms
Experience writing software in C++ and Python
Experience developing for Maya in both C++ and Python
Experience developing for Houdini in both C++ and Python
Experience developing in a Linux environment
Excellent written and verbal communications skills
Excellent troubleshooting and debugging skills
Proactive with proven ability to work both independently and in a team
Master’s or PhD in Computer Science or a related field a plus

Qualified applicants should have 3-5 years experience developing software in a film production environment.

If this role is for you, e-mail your resume to jobs@image-engine.com. The subject should read “R&D Tools Developer (CFX/FX) – your name”.