Company Profile

For over thirty years, SideFX has been providing artists with procedural 3D animation and visual effects tools designed to create 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 several times for its flagship software product Houdini, 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 American Gods and Games of Thrones, and hit video games like Horizon Zero Dawn and Mafia III. Our customers include Disney Feature Animation, Pixar, Weta Digital, Blue Sky, Electronic Arts, Microsoft Game Studios, Blizzard Entertainment, and many more.

Position Overview

SideFX is seeking an exceptional software developer to join its Toronto-based rendering R&D team. This is a permanent full time position, starting immediately.

As a member of the rendering group, you will be working with some of the brightest minds in the industry and interacting with an outstanding artist community. Our rendering experts have received prestigious industry awards, including a Technical Achievement Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for the innovations made to our renderer, Mantra. Everyone here shares a drive for excellence and a passion for innovation in rendering technology. Providing digital artists with the most advanced tools for their craft is, and has always been, our single focus.


  • Computer Science degree or equivalent
  • Strong knowledge of C++ programming in a multi-threaded environment
  • Leading-edge rendering R&D expertise
  • A deep understanding of rendering technologies, such as:
    • Light transport
    • Importance sampling
    • Volume Rendering
    • Geometric processing (subdivision algorithms, curve rendering etc.)
  • A thorough understanding of shading languages, including compiler technologies like LLVM
  • History of delivering innovative, robust and scalable code
  • Ability to learn independently, use solid judgement and develop at a fast pace
  • Extensive experience in algorithm optimization for memory and performance
  • Uncanny ability to uncover and remove bugs in a large software base
  • Excellent verbal and written communication

Bonus Skills

  • Knowledge of GPU rendering algorithms, including OpenCL or CUDA
  • Experience with interactive algorithms (IPR) and stereoscopic rendering
  • Familiarity with Houdini/Mantra and the VEX shading language
  • Advanced shader writing experience
  • Familiarity with compiler optimization techniques
  • Knowledge of Python

Sample Projects

  • Implement core rendering systems with a focus on production viability and performance
  • Research solutions for efficient stereoscopic rendering
  • Explore procedural technologies for large data rendering
  • Design a layered material library, complete with physically realistic models for common surface types
  • Optimize rendering of motion blur for RBD simulations
  • Add user control to tracing of various light paths
  • Integrate rendering of Alembic geometry into Mantra
  • Bind volume primitive representations to the VEX shading language
  • Optimize opacity evaluation for highly transparent scenes
  • Optimize threaded evaluation of texture maps
  • Extend the VEX shading language to support new constructs
  • Improve the usability of the rendering environment in Houdini
  • Explore avenues for hardware rendering


Our transit-friendly head office location, directly adjacent to Union Station in the heart of downtown Toronto, is open-concept with a relaxed style that includes, casual dress, and wraparound views from the 14th floor.

How To Apply

If interested, please apply directly via email to mentioning Senior Rendering Developer in the subject line. We appreciate all candidates interest however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted by SideFX.

SideFX is committed to inclusion and diversity. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply. Accomodation will be provided, upon request.