Research Scientist in ML Training Systems - 2024 Start






Position summary

TikTok will be prioritizing applicants who have a current right to work in Singapore, and do not require TikTok's sponsorship of a visa.

TikTok is the leading destination for short-form mobile video. Our mission is to inspire creativity and bring joy. TikTok has global offices including Los Angeles, New York, London, Paris, Berlin, Dubai, Singapore, Jakarta, Seoul and Tokyo.

Why Join Us Creation is the core of TikTok's purpose. Our platform is built to help imaginations thrive. This is doubly true of the teams that make TikTok possible. Together, we inspire creativity and bring joy - a mission we all believe in and aim towards achieving every day. To us, every challenge, no matter how difficult, is an opportunity; to learn, to innovate, and to grow as one team. Status quo? Never. Courage? Always. At TikTok, we create together and grow together. That's how we drive impact - for ourselves, our company, and the communities we serve. Join us.

About the Team Machine Learning systems team provides E2E machine learning experience and machine learning resources for the company. The team builds heterogeneous ML training and inference systems based on GPU and AI chips and advances the state-of-the-art of ML systems technology to accelerate models such as stable diffusion and LLM. The team is also responsible for research and development of hardware acceleration technologies for AI and cloud computing, via technologies such as distributed systems, compilers, HPC, and RDMA networking. The team is reinventing the ML infra for large scale language models. We have published papers at top tier conferences such as SIGCOMM, NSDI, EuroSys, OSDI, SOSP, MLSys, NeurIPS, etc.

We are looking for talented individuals to join us in 2024. As a graduate, you will get unparalleled opportunities for you to kickstart your career, pursue bold ideas and explore limitless growth opportunities. Co-create a future driven by your inspiration with TikTok.

Candidates can apply to a maximum of two positions and will be considered for jobs in the order you apply. The application limit is applicable to TikTok and its affiliates' jobs globally. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis - we encourage you to apply early.


  • Research and develop our machine learning systems, including heterogeneous computing architecture, management, and monitoring
  • Deploy the machine learning systems, distributed task scheduling, machine learning training, and machine learning inference
  • Manage cross-layer optimization of system and AI algorithms and hardware for machine learning (GPU, FPGA, ASIC)
  1. Final year or recent Masters' and above graduate with a background in distributed, parallel computing principles and know the recent advances in computing, storage, networking, and hardware technologies;
  2. Familiar with machine learning algorithms and platforms;
  3. Have basic understanding of how GPU and/or ASIC works;
  4. Expert in at least one or two programming languages in Linux environment: C/C++, CUDA, Python;
  5. The following experiences will be a big plus:
  • GPU based high performance computing, RDMA high performance network (NCCL, ibverbs);
  • Tensorflow, Jax, PyTorch or other deep learning frameworks;
  • Large scale data processing and parallel computing;
  • Experiences in designing and operating large scale systems in cloud computing or machine learning;
  • Experiences in in-depth CUDA programming and performance tuning

TikTok is committed to creating an inclusive space where employees are valued for their skills, experiences, and unique perspectives. Our platform connects people from across the globe and so does our workplace. At TikTok, our mission is to inspire creativity and bring joy. To achieve that goal, we are committed to celebrating our diverse voices and to creating an environment that reflects the many communities we reach. We are passionate about this and hope you are too.

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Why you should apply for a job to TikTok:

  • 5/5 in overall job satisfaction

  • 4.5/5 in supportive management

  • 100% say women are treated fairly and equally to men

  • 100% would recommend this company to other women

  • 100% say the CEO supports gender diversity

  • Ratings are based on anonymous reviews by Fairygodboss members.
  • Employee well-being is supported via hybrid work, short-term counseling through our EAP and a premium subscription to Headspace.

  • We embrace diversity across all dimensions and provide employees with 9 employee resource groups globally, including our WOMEN ERG.

  • Comprehensive parental leave policy as well as fertility treatment through healthcare providers with a $20,000 lifetime maximum.