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Pipeline TD – Touch Surgery – London

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Over 5 billion people around the world do not have access to safe surgical care. Touch Surgery empowers and connects the global surgical community to help them make the best decisions for their patients. Our mission is to enable global surgery, and improve patient care.
Our mobile surgical simulation platform is already adopted at major surgical training institutions including Harvard, John’s Hopkins and NYU, and we have over a million users around the world. Surgical bodies, including the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and the British Association of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS) have fully endorsed the platform as the future of digital surgical training. As well as gathering rave healthcare reviews the company has received major media attention including from the BBC, the Guardian and the FT.
At Touch Surgery we bring together smart and talented people from a large diversity of backgrounds, cultures and experiences. As well as being founded by surgeons who self-taught themselves to code, we have world-leading talent from the movie/visual effects industry (including some oscar winning movies), mobile, gaming and digital sectors.
The Touch Surgery Lab is set over 2 open-plan floors in the heart of Clerkenwell (We call it a Lab because we are continuously experimenting with better ways to do things). It’s a great part of London, and right at the heart of the growing technology scene. If you decide to join us, expect to make friends that go beyond work, improve your table tennis skills, and learn new things everyday. All whilst making the world a better place.

Check out our simulation showreel!


As our primary Pipeline TD, your primary responsibility will be to further develop our technical infrastructure to improve stability, efficiency and scalability. You will work closely with our 3D artists & medical officers, improving upon our existing pipeline.
We currently work cross platform: Primarily on Windows, but we also provide support for some pipeline tools on OSX. We mostly work within Maya, but with other common supporting applications. We code mostly in python with git for source control, and currently use django & sql for our asset database.
There will also be opportunities to be involved in simulation scripting (via a lua scripting within the app) and to work with the web & data backend team.

The ideal candidate should have the following qualities:

3+ years of commercial experience in a pipeline role
3+ years of commercial experience working with Maya
Strong understanding of Python
Experiencing developing PyQt/PySide interfaces
Experience developing stable and scalable technical solutions
Familiarity with source control software, preferably git
Experience working with other CG applications (eg. Mari, Fusion, Nuke)
Familiar with multiple file formats for structured data & images, and libraries for working with them.
Experience of working with sql databases.
The right to work in the UK and the ability to work from our office in Farringdon, London.
A thorough understanding of animation pipelines and the processes involved from the conceptual phase to implementation
Great communication, organisation and attention to detail

Additional qualities that would be useful for this role include:

Additional programming/scripting experience (eg. lua, c++)
An interest in the mechanics of human anatomy, and medicine as a whole
Experience/interest in gaming and interactive applications and/or design
Experience/interest in digital education
Experience/interest in medicine and/or medical animation


This is an exciting opportunity to work in one of the best healthcare startups in Europe, with the chance to meet and develop relationships with surgeons from around the world. We offer competitive salaries and a share options scheme so that all our employees have a part in our success. Our office is split over 2 open plan, warehouse-style floors with ping pong table, snacks and coffee provided. We are located in just off Clerkenwell Green, which is right at the centre of the growing technology startup scene in London.

Please apply with a CV to with “Pipeline TD” as the subject. Don’t forget your CV!
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