Research Intern - Complexity Management
Pixar - Emeryville, CA

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About Pixar Animation Studios

Pixar Animation Studios, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is an Academy Award®-winning film studio with world-renowned technical, creative and production capabilities in the art of computer animation. Creator of some of the most successful and beloved animated films of all time, including Toy Story, Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Cars, Ratatouille, WALL•E, Up and most recently, Brave. The Northern California studio has won 29 Academy Awards® and its eleven films have grossed more than $6.5 billion at the worldwide box office to date. The next film release from Disney•Pixar is Monsters University (June 21, 2013).

Summary of Position

This is a position in the Research Group within the Studio Tools Department at Pixar to assist in the creation, implementation and transfer of new technology related to computer graphics film making. The position requires a deep understanding of mathematical algorithms, an ability to collaborate in small to medium sized groups consisting of world-class computer graphics researchers, and skill in rapidly implementing and testing new algorithms. Experience in GPU Programming, Real-Time Lighting, Physical Simulation, or Geometry Processing of large geometric databases is preferred.

Please note that this position can be 3-6 months or up to a year in duration depending on the needs of the department.


You must be a graduate student to be eligible for a Research internship at Pixar.


  • Assist in the development, prototyping, and testing of new computer graphics algorithms
  • Participation in transfer of new technology to rest of the studio

  • Excellence in problem solving
  • Strong math and computer graphics experience
  • Strong communication skills
  • Strong software engineering skills with expertise in C, C++, and Python
  • 1+ years of research experience desirable
  • Ability to work well with a wide range of personality types
Term: Starts Summer 2013 (3-6 months)

Application Deadline

All application materials must be submitted by 5:00 PM PST on March 29, 2013.

Pixar is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Pixar Animation Studios keeps computer-generating hits. The company has produced about a dozen full-length animated movies, including the...