Our vision is to build the next-generation platform to enable easy and fast creation of audio and video content powered by cutting-edge AI. Building a revolutionary way to record, transcribe, edit and mix spoken audio and video comes with a series of unique challenges and requires solving hard and complex problems.

We are looking for an experienced software engineer with significant video expertise to invent a new paradigm that brings the simplicity of word processing to audio and video production. Building such an experience requires designing cross-platform (web, desktop, mobile) solutions to problems surrounding complex real-time video playback, compositing and editing for large-sized files (hundreds of gigabytes).

What You’ll Do

  • Design and build a cross-platform media engine to enable video playback and editing capabilities on our desktop and web app, using web technologies
  • Mentor members on the engineering team, especially when it comes to Video technologies
  • Be an evangelist for elevating our engineering practices and processes
  • Discover, evaluate and adopt new technologies that can enhance our services and/or improve our efficiency
  • Dedicated to shipping a quality/bug-free product through testable and tested code

What You Bring

  • BS (or higher, e.g., MS, or PhD) in Computer Science or related technical field involving coding (e.g., physics or mathematics)
  • 5+ years of professional software development experience
  • Strong CS fundamentals and experience with video creation, editing, and playback.
  • Understanding of uncompressed video formats and codecs (e.g. HLS, MPEG-DASH)
  • Self-aware of strengths and seeking to constantly learn and improve
  • Strong written and verbal communication

The base salary range for this role is $160,000- $240,000/year. Final offer amounts will carefully consider multiple factors, including prior experience, expertise, location, and may vary from the amount above.

About Descript

Descript is building a simple, intuitive, fully-powered editing tool for video and audio — an editing tool built for the age of AI. We are a team of 100 — with a proven CEO and the backing of some of the world's greatest investors (OpenAI, Andreessen HorowitzRedpoint Ventures, Spark Capital). Descript HQ is in San Francisco, and our AI research team, Lyrebird, is based in Montreal.

Descript is the special company that's in possession of both product market fit and the raw materials (passionate user community, great product, large market) for growth, but is still early enough that each new employee has a measurable influence on the direction of the company.

Benefits include a generous healthcare package, catered lunches, and flexible vacation time. We currently have offices in San Francisco and Montreal, and are open to folks working remotely between PT and ET time zones. Whether you love WFH or can’t wait to get back to being in person, we're interested in offering an environment that works for you.

Descript is an equal opportunity workplace—we are dedicated to equal employment opportunities regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity, or Veteran status. We believe in actively building a team rich in diverse backgrounds, experiences, and opinions to better allow our employees, products, and community to thrive. 

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