Come join our team of rendering experts building technology for Wētā FX's film production! This role is an exciting opportunity to directly influence and improve how artists deliver images to the big screen, meeting the ever-growing demands of fidelity and efficiency for visual effects production.

We seek a GPU rendering expert to evolve our inhouse pre-visualisation rendering engine, an essential part in the creative process of the production pipeline for lighting, virtual production, scene layout, and motion at Wētā FX.

Your innovative contributions will provide significant advancements in movie quality rendering and creative interactive workflows, especially for fast high-quality lighting and materials. Your expert judgement will contribute to growing our team and reaching new goals, while your impactful work may be recognised in the movie industry as well as the research domain, directly shaping the future of the industry and unlocking new possibilities and applications.

What you’ll be doing

  • Tackle major unsolved challenges, driving and championing major novel advancements to provide impactful technological innovation in interactive and real-time rendering.

  • Research and develop novel GPU rendering algorithms, such as light transport (path tracing with importance sampling), volume rendering, material modelling, subsurface scattering, efficient global illumination, etc.

  • Implement, test, and maintain core rendering components with a focus on visual quality, scalability, and robustness.

  • Mentor and develop other researchers within Unity, balancing direct contributions with advising.

  • Work proactively with other Rendering leaders, Head of Department, and other Principals to ensure projects are in alignment with the strategic goals of the technology stack.

What we’re looking for

  • A recognised industry expert in interactive or realtime rendering technology specifically for film production.

  • Deep understanding of the rendering research landscape as well as industry trends, with a proven track record of research publications and major technology development achievements.

  • Extensive expertise in hardware architectures, especially GPUs, performance analysis, and optimisation of highly parallel, scalable systems.

  • Ability to work well within a team of industry experts, collaborate actively with other groups, and actively understand user requirements.

  • Experience with realtime rendering APIs as OpenGL, Vulkan and OptiX.

  • Excellent software architecture design skills and knowledge of engineering best practices.

You might also have

  • Knowledge of shading languages (OSL, MDL, RSL)

  • Familiarity with Linux, and programming and profiling tools such as Valgrind, Vtune, Nsight, git.

Life at Unity

Unity (NYSE: U) is the world’s leading platform for creating and operating real-time 3D (RT3D) content. Creators, ranging from game developers to artists, architects, automotive designers, filmmakers, and others, use Unity to make their imaginations come to life. Unity is the foundation upon which the world’s most powerful digital content is created. Specifically, Unity’s platform provides a comprehensive set of software solutions to create, run and monetize interactive, real-time 2D and 3D content for mobile phones, tablets, PCs, consoles, and augmented and virtual reality devices.

In the fourth quarter of 2021, Unity had, on average, 3.9 billion monthly active end users who consumed content created or operated with its solutions. The applications developed by these creators were downloaded, on average, five billion times per month in 2021.