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JR Sys Admin – Scanline VFX – Vancouver, BC

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Junior Systems Admin

Scanline VFX Vancouver is looking for a render wrangler/junior systems administrator to join our team. Render wranglers work closely with system engineers, pipeline developers and production staff in order to effectively support our rendering infrastructure. As a Systems Administrator, you will work under the guidance of the IT Manager to ensure basic help desk and IT support is being provided to 300+ employees.
Note: This is for those working towards a career in VFX Systems Administration and IT, we do not accept Jr Artists for this position.


Render Wrangler

Monitor, troubleshoot and optimize network rendering resources
Monitor and report resource utilization such as disk space, node usage, job saturation, etc.
Identify and diagnose failing renders and malfunctioning render machines
Monitor the render queue to maximize resource efficiency and handle job priorities
Maintain maximum farm uptime
Respond to rendering related support requests

Systems Admin

Work with other Systems Engineer to address daily support tickets
Set-up employee workstations, monitors, IP phones, etc
Create user accounts for new hires: e-mail, messenger, phone
Identify and resolve problems in the production system quickly and completely


Degree/Diploma in Computer Science, Engineering or other technical field preferred
Good communication skills
Strong problem solving skills
Ability to adapt to a high pressure, fast-paced, dynamic environment
Experience troubleshooting in a Windows environment
Experience with 3DS Max, Maya and Nuke a plus
Essential knowledge and skills
knowledge of at least one of the relevant 3D packages (eg. Maya, XSI or 3D Studio Max) currently in use by the industry;
ability to learn new software quickly, and learn on the job;
enthusiasm to learn and develop professionally;
ability to analyze and problem solve;
ability to manage and prioritize time and workload;
ability to work under pressure;
experience administrating multiple operating systems, including Windows (XP, Win7), Mac OS and linux (Centos, Opensuse,Ubuntu)
familiarity with networking and distributed computing, including network file systems, routing and subnetting.
experience in scripting is desirable but not essential;
flexibility in work hours.
ability to lift heavy equipment for installation and relocation tasks
outstanding organizational skills and the ability to multitask
ability to take direction positively, work well within a team and thrive under the pressure of tight deadlines

Company Summary

Celebrating over 25 years in the industry, ScanlineVFX specializes in creating complex effects for high end, block buster feature films, television, and commercials. Founded in Germany, the company expanded to Los Angeles in 2007 and then beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia in 2011. The Vancouver studio is recognized with Academy Award nominations and Emmy winning projects In 2010, Scanline VFX was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Achievement in Visual Effects for its work on director Clint Eastwood’s, “Hereafter”, which featured a tsunami sequence that TIME magazine called the, “Most exciting, expertly assembled flood scene in movie history”. Scanline VFX is well known for its proprietary, in-house fluid effects software Flowline, for which it received a 2008 Scientific and Technical Achievement Academy Award.

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