Software Engineer - Simulation & Visualization

MSG Sphere Studios

Burbank, CA, United States


  • Programming
  • Programming


  • Realistic
  • Realistic

The MSG Sphere is like nothing else on earth. Here, 15,000 people at a time can gather for multi-sensory interactive experiences that are equal parts video game, amusement park ride, ephemeral community, and spectacle. The feel – it’s unforgettable, like sitting inside an eyeball the size of three football fields with sight, sound, scent, wind, heat, and rumble coordinating under computer control to forge an extended reality. You create that reality at MSG Entertainment in Burbank, California.


MSG Ventures, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Madison Square Garden Entertainment Corp.  is looking for a Software Engineer specializing in real time content. This role will help bring the creative vision of our studio to life on a diverse mix of projects ranging from mobile applications and virtual reality software with intimate single user interfaces to complex multi-display installations with live control, many of which involve R&D. The Software Engineer leads the development of interactive, real time content systems as well as user interfaces. Working on a project from conception through execution, this position benefits from a broad range of skills such as realtime graphics, usability evaluation and scripting.To create transformative experiences, and content unique to Sphere, we are growing our full stack creative, experience, design, production and engineering team across our Burbank studio in Los Angeles and Ventures headquarters in New York.


Specific Functions/Activities Summary

• Collaborate closely with Engineering Lead to design, prototype, and develop VR / Desktop / Mobile applications, tools, and plugins for simulation and visualization of content for our venues to integrate into our previz / capture / dailies pipelines.• Work closely with Software Operations, Systems, and Venue Tech teams to integrate and test our tools on various hardware configurations.• Connect and integrate our applications with cloud-based backend solutions and services for Dailies review and approval.• Collaborate closely with Productions and other departments to share pipeline innovations, improvements, and help integrate our custom tools.• Communicate technical approaches and support proofs of concepts / projects with various partners and vendors.• Write technical documentation and clearly communicate complex solutions and challenges, even to non-technical staff.• Work on multiple projects and prioritize tasks for each.• Stay current on relevant technology and conduct necessary research, due diligence, prototyping, and testing to assess emerging technology options.• Identify areas that require attention and work with the Software project management team to ensure time and resources are properly allocated.


• 4+ years professional software engineering or related field experience required• Expertise in C# and the Unity game engine is required• Expertise in shader languages is strongly preferred (i.e. Cg/ShaderLab, HLSL, GLSL)• Experience optimizing low level 3d rendering is a bonus• Domain knowledge in on-set/off-set film production, virtual production, and/or previsualization pipelines is highly preferred• Extensive working knowledge of securely integrating external APIs, backend cloud providers (AWS, Azure, Google Cloud), and implementing networked applications is highly preferred• Experience with various video codecs and streaming protocols is highly preferred• Excellent communication and team interaction skills is required• Applicants should provide their own code samples for tools or apps along with technical design documentation


The Company requires that all individuals, subject to certain limited exceptions, be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  The Company will consider requests for reasonable accommodations regarding this requirement.


Candidates who have completed 60 credits of college-level coursework (representing 2 years), or have shown similar self-development through certifications, trade school coursework, etc. are preferred. Educational requirements may differ from job to job-based on the role.

Company Overview

With MSG Sphere, we are creating an entirely new medium that will deliver immersive entertainment experiences at an unparalleled scale. Beyond a venue, Sphere is a multi-sensory platform with experiential technology programming directly to your senses. You will see in ways never imagined, hear with every fiber of your being, and experience like never before. To deliver on this promise, we are building the largest immersive venue in the world, MSG Sphere at The Venetian in Las Vegas, with a second Sphere venue planned for London, pending necessary approvals. 

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