Research Scientist

Category: Other
Company: Walt Disney Animation Studios
Location: Burbank (United States)
Start Date: immediately

Job Description

Walt Disney Animation Studios

Research Scientist

As a Research Scientist you will identify and innovate novel ways for the Walt Disney company to leverage high performance computing. The possibilities for exploration include but are not limited to faster image making processes that provide more interactive artist experiences, and innovative systems for increasing complexity that allows creation of more beautiful, more cost effective, and more entertaining stories for an audience of millions. 

The ideal candidate will have recently completed post doctorate work and/or a PhD thesis in science, engineering, or mathematics with research experience and a strong publication record in one or more of the following areas:

  • High performance computing
  • Massively parallel systems (multicore, many core or distributed systems) 
  • Computer architecture
  • Large-scale numerical simulation 


  • Proactively identify greatest opportunities for innovation and set goals to drive initiatives to proof of concept or prototype demonstrations.
  • Collaborate with Production Teams, Engineers, Interns, and Consultants.
  • Desire to work with demanding challenges in visual computing (animation, rendering, and image processing)
  • Participate in the global R&D community through publication of results, collaboration with universities, and participation in professional service activities and top-tier research conferences
  • Set goals, drive initiatives, and deliver results with minimal supervision
  • PhD earned in area of specialization
  • Prior experience in visual computing is a plus
  • Strong record of achievement in applied research, excellent academic credentials 

Disney Research provides a research foundation for the many business units within the Walt Disney Company including Walt Disney Animation Studios, Walt Disney Imagineering, Parks and Resorts, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, Disney Interactive Media Group, ESPN, and Pixar Animation Studios. It is a network of research facilities offering the best attributes of academia and the industry with sibling labs located in Pittsburgh, Zurich, Los Angeles, Boston, and San Francisco. 

We highly encourage publication; it is our principal mechanism for quality control. The Disney Research Scientist will engage the global research community through world-wide university collaborations and leadership service in top-tier research conferences as well as collaborations within the Walt Disney Company. Disney Research works actively with business units of the Walt Disney Company at all stages of research, from conception to commercialization – and the results are enjoyed by millions of global spectators.




Created on the 15-03-2014
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